Higher Education

Introduction to Paralegal Studies: A Practical Approach, 1st Edition

  • Dr. Linda L. Edwards, Esq. Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
  • J. Stanley Edwards, J.D.
  • ISBN-10: 0766820807  |  ISBN-13: 9780766820807
  • 624 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $205.00



Introduction to Paralegal Studies utilizes a storytelling approach that provides a context in which students can assimilate and organize new concepts. The student is taken from the introduction to the client to the final collection of the judgment in the chronology that would normally occur in litigation. The text explores practical considerations such as docketing timelines, office politics, setting up and organizing files, timekeeping, and asset assessment. Strategic decisions are also explored as they arise naturally in the discovery process, motion practice, trial, and judgment collection. The text contains a number of entertaining forums in which to practice legal terminology and integrate legal concepts, such as "A Trip To The Movies" which provides questions related to popular law-related movies.

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Features and Benefits

  • presents material in a storyline format, fostering understanding of the content
  • material is practical and directly applicable, providing an accurate sense of what paralegals do
  • ยท Internet links are provided, giving users additional information and resources
  • "techno tips" provide students with pertinent computer-related information and underscore the importance of computer literacy
  • "Putting it into practice" exercises provide opportunities to apply and integrate concepts and terminology

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Being A Paralegal.
Chapter 2. Developing the Case.
Chapter 3. Researching the Case.
Chapter 4. Filing Suit
Chapter 5. Discovery.
Chapter 6. Pre-Trial, Trial and Post-Trial.
Chapter 7. Criminal Law and Procedure.
Chapter 8. Alternative Dispute Resolution, Tribal Court Advocacy and Administrative Law. Afterward by the Authors.
Appendix A: Answers to Putting it into Practice Questions and Practice Exams.
Appendix B: Cases

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dr. Linda L. Edwards, Esq.

Dr. Linda L. Edwards was an attorney and author, having written or co-written seven textbooks in the legal assistant field. She was an instructor in the Justice and Legal Studies Department at Phoenix College for 24 years until her retirement in January 2001. During her tenure as program director, she was responsible for creating dozens of new classes in both legal assisting and criminal justice.

J. Stanley Edwards, J.D.

J. Stanley Edwards has been an Arizona attorney since 1975. Although he started out as a patent attorney, he has been a general practitioner for all but two of those years. He co-authored five textbooks on paralegal studies with his late wife, Dr. Linda Edwards. He was a judge pro tem in the civil division of the Maricopa County Superior Court and what is now the Family Court. Additionally, he is a certified arbitrator in the District Court of Arizona. He has also practiced before the 9th Circuit Court of appeals and is an inactive member of the State Bar of Colorado.