Higher Education

Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal, 4th Edition

  • James W. H. McCord, J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Sandra L. McCord
  • C. Suzanne Bailey, J.D. Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
  • ISBN-10: 1435440161  |  ISBN-13: 9781435440166
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2001, 1994
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $159.00

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Overview

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE FOR THE PARALEGAL: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, 4th Edition equips readers with a solid understanding of the principles of criminal law as well as the skills for daily practice in a law office. Thorough yet succinct, the student-friendly text presents material in a clear, logical, outline format. It also provides many opportunities for students to apply both critical thinking and law-office practice skills. The text enriches learning by providing insights into crime, punishment, criminal justice standards for prosecution, defense, and the court, and the competing policies behind the law and judicial decisions. The unique "systems folder" approach enables students to build an impressive practice system of topically arranged forms, legal principles, rules, checklists, and other materials. The text delivers an excellent blend of theory with practice--giving students a strong foundation to build on.

Features and Benefits

  • Providing a clear, concise, yet thorough presentation of concepts and skills, CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE FOR THE PARALEGAL: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, 4th Edition enhances student comprehension of criminal law and improves understanding of legal principles and important exceptions.
  • Extremely relevant, realistic case scenarios and assignments simulate the law office setting and real-world paralegal practice. Numerous examples of real court decisions from many jurisdictions illustrate concepts and variations in the law as they played out in real life.
  • Numerous hands-on learning and practice resources help students sharpen their legal reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • The book's thorough coverage is enhanced with its impressive collection of ethics standards, web resources, practice tips, forms, documents, checklists, diagrams, tables, and thought-provoking quotations.
  • Sample jury instructions and statutes are included throughout the text to illustrate elements of crimes, for comparisons with your state instructions, and as a resource in research and drafting assignments.

Table of Contents

Table of Exhibits.
Table of Cases .
Preface.
1. Foundations of Criminal Law.
2. Administration of Criminal Justice and the Role of the Paralegal.
3. Components of a Crime.
4. Crimes Against Persons and Crimes Against Habitation.
5. Crimes Against Property, Public Order and Safety, Public Morals, and Justice and
6. Inchoate and Organized Crimes.
7. Defenses.
8. Intake and Drafting the Complaint.
9. Search and Seizure: History, Warrant Requirements, Legislative Developments and
10. Search and Seizure: Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement.
11. Confessions and Pretrial Identification Procedures.
12. Pretrial: Initial Appearance to Preliminary Hearing.
13. Pretrial: Grand Jury to Pretrial Conference.
14. Trial: Rights, Procedure, Tasks.
15. Sentencing, Punishment, and Review.
Appendix A: System Folder Contents.
Appendix B: Excerpts from the Constitution of the United States of America.
Glossary.
Spanish glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • Thoroughly revised and completely current, the 4th Edition includes updated statistics throughout, adds new exhibits and examples, and provides expanded explanations to case law illustrations.
  • Offering thorough coverage, the new edition provides more statutes from the federal system as well as a variety of states.
  • Updated case law includes Supreme Court decisions from 2010.
  • Revised Chapter 9 now includes more history and updates for search and seizure.
  • All-new Chapter 10 is devoted specifically to the exceptions to the search warrant requirement.
  • More reader-friendly than ever, the text includes expanded explanations on how to effectively add information to student system folders.
  • A new Instructor Resources CD provides an Instructor Manual, a computerized test bank in ExamView and PowerPoint presentations

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Another strength of the McCord text is the use of case law throughout the text...the exhibits in the text are wonderful...The internet exercises are extremely well put-together. The exercises also force the student to use real life applicability to solve problems...Even without the addition of the FRE in the appendix I would adopt this text because it has proved to be a more comprehensive text that the one that I am currently using."

— Tameiko Allen, Florida Metropolitan University

"I absolutely love the cases. They provide a great foundational resource to work with during the course of a term or semester. So many texts overlook the value of case scenarios and it's great to see them incorporated into the text as the author has done. This, in my mind, is one thing that truly distinguishes this text from the average text on the market."

— David Hallett, Chemeketa Community College

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111644438 | ISBN-13: 9781111644437)

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MindTap® Paralegal, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access with Selections from McCord/McCord/Bailey's Criminal Law & Procedure for the Paralegal  (ISBN-10: 1133999778 | ISBN-13: 9781133999775)

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Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides an opportunity for students to review, enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and practical application of the law. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of student work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and students organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing students with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. Students can evaluate their knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display their ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam. In addition to the benefits to students, this text offers guidance to educational programs undertaking a meaningful assessment of learning outcomes. Review of student portfolios and success rates on the comprehensive substantive assessment present student data to be utilized in continuous curriculum development. The Instructor's Resources include a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.

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Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111644438 | ISBN-13: 9781111644437)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE FOR THE PARALEGAL, 4th Edition.

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LMS Integrated for MindTap® Paralegal, 1 term (6 months)Instant Acces  (ISBN-10: 113399976X | ISBN-13: 9781133999768)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap™ Paralegal resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

List Price = $114.00  | CengageBrain Price = $114.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.00

MindTap® Paralegal, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access with Selections from McCord/McCord/Bailey's Criminal Law & Procedure for the Paralegal  (ISBN-10: 1133999778 | ISBN-13: 9781133999775)

MindTap was created to harness the power of technology to drive student success. This cloud-based platform integrates a number of learning applications (“apps”) into an easy-to-use and easy to access tool that supports a personalized learning experience. MindTap combines student learning tools-readings, multimedia, activities and assessments-into a singular Learning Path that guides you through your law course.

List Price = $114.00  | CengageBrain Price = $114.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.00

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides the opportunity for you to review, enhance and demonstrate your knowledge and practical application of the law as you complete your education. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of your work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and you organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing you with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. You can evaluate your knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display your ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam.

List Price = $95.95  | CengageBrain Price = $95.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00

Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

List Price = $55.95  | CengageBrain Price = $55.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

James W. H. McCord, J.D.

James McCord is an experienced trial attorney in criminal law, professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the Wisconsin and Kentucky Bar Associations. A frequent speaker at legal conferences, he is the author of several books and articles on the paralegal profession and practice. Professor McCord is a past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education, a former member of the American Bar Association Legal Assistant Program Approval Commission, and included in "Who's Who in Law."

C. Suzanne Bailey, J.D.

C. Suzanne Bailey practiced law for several years prior to becoming a professor. Throughout her teaching career she has taught criminal procedure, evidence, current issues in the courts, civil law, employment law, alternative dispute resolution, legal research and a variety of special topic courses. Professor Bailey has published a number of articles over the course of her career and has previously co-authored the book, Constitutional Law. She is currently an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois.