Higher Education

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education, 1st Edition

  • Nance Kriscenski Manchester Community College
  • Thomas (Tucker) Wright Roger Williams University
  • ISBN-10: 1111035075  |  ISBN-13: 9781111035075
  • 224 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $73.50
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Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • Learning Objectives correlate with measurements in assessments, discussion questions and portfolio assignments.
  • Summaries of substantive and procedural law provide review and supplementation of prior studies.
  • Discussion questions probe students' understanding of legal concepts and applications.
  • Portfolio assignments guide students in preparation of documentation related to job search and continuing education endeavors and writing samples that demonstrate practical application of legal concepts.
  • Comprehensive Assessment questions prepare students for broad evaluation of substantive knowledge of the law.
  • Resources in Appendix B help prepare students for successful completion of portfolio and comprehensive assessment.
  • Instructor's Resources provide sample course outline, grading rubric and assessment that can be adapted to program's stated learning outcomes.

Table of Contents

Preface: Purpose of a Capstone Course.
PART I: PARALEGAL COMPETENCIES.
1. The Paralegal Professional.
2. Legal Ethics.
3. Technology in the Law Office and the Courts.
4. Legal Research and Writing.
PART II: SUBSTANTIVE AREAS OF LAW.
5. Contract Law.
6. Business Organizations and Bankruptcy Law.
7. Family Law.
8. Estate Planning and Probate.
9. Property Law. Personal property, intellectual property and real property.
10. Torts and Workers' Compensation.
PART III: PROCEDURAL ASPECTS OF LAW.
11. Litigation Procedure and Evidence.
12. Criminal Law and Procedures.
13. Administrative Law.
Appendix A: Comprehensive Exit Assessment.
Appendix B: Other Resources.
Glossary.
Index.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111035083 | ISBN-13: 9781111035082)

The Instructor's Manual serves as an instructional resource and provides a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111545790 | ISBN-13: 9781111545796)

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 = $74.95  | CengageBrain Price = $74.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $56.50

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts  (ISBN-10: 1401889212 | ISBN-13: 9781401889210)

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts is a unique and much needed reference as there is nothing else like it for paralegal students and professionals on the market. It not only covers success stories about paralegal professionals but also shares their insights on how they do their work. The primary goal of the book is to help students learn hands-on techniques directly from paralegal leaders in the field. These top paralegal experts share the secrets that have helped them become the best of the best in their profession. The top fifteen paralegal experts helped to expand the paralegal profession and improve the efficiency of performing paralegal duties including creativity, leadership, expertise in their specialty, technical skills, knowledge, mentoring, and organization. The paralegal experts practice in various specialties and the premise of this book is that students and professionals can learn most effectively from the experiences of others. There is a definite need to provide paralegal students with further instructions to help them become more productive and efficient.

List Price = $56.95  | CengageBrain Price = $56.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.75

Student Supplements

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 = $74.95  | CengageBrain Price = $74.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $56.50

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts  (ISBN-10: 1401889212 | ISBN-13: 9781401889210)

LESSONS from the Top Paralegal Experts is a unique and much needed reference as there is nothing else like it for paralegal students and professionals on the market. It not only covers success stories about paralegal professionals but also shares their insights on how they do their work. The primary goal of the book is to help students learn hands-on techniques directly from paralegal leaders in the field. These top paralegal experts share the secrets that have helped them become the best of the best in their profession. The top fifteen paralegal experts helped to expand the paralegal profession and improve the efficiency of performing paralegal duties including creativity, leadership, expertise in their specialty, technical skills, knowledge, mentoring, and organization. The paralegal experts practice in various specialties and the premise of this book is that students and professionals can learn most effectively from the experiences of others. There is a definite need to provide paralegal students with further instructions to help them become more productive and efficient.

List Price = $56.95  | CengageBrain Price = $56.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Nance Kriscenski

Nance Kriscenski, J.D. has been a Professor of Law and Coordinator of the Paralegal Program at Manchester Community College since 1985. She has a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School and a Distance Learning Specialist Certificate from the University of Wisconsin. Nance is also active in AAfPE and is a regular speaker at their regional and national conferences.

Thomas (Tucker) Wright

Tucker Wright, J.D. has been a Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University since 1972. He has JD from Tulsa University Law School and is also a Magistrate with the Rhode Island Family Court. Wright is also an extremely active member of AAfPE and is a regular speaker at their regional and national conferences; he was also a member of the ABA Standing Committee and Approval Commission.