Higher Education

The Texas Paralegal, 1st Edition

  • William P. Statsky Thomas Edison State College
  • Lynn Crossett Texas State University - San Marcos
  • ISBN-10: 1418012963  |  ISBN-13: 9781418012960
  • 432 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $70.50
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About

Overview

A ground-breaking resource for paralegal instructors, The Texas Paralegal has made teaching critical state-specific material easier, and more organized, than ever. The book's unique approach works by providing students with the information, documents, and resources they need to understand the basic workings of Texas law, thereby eliminating the tedious instructor task of gathering this material piecemeal. Instead, the legwork is done for you – the vital content is compiled into a single, handy resource that presents it in a practical, logical, and useful way. Coverage includes an overview of the paralegal profession, ethics, the legal system, research, and even a comprehensive legal dictionary - all as they pertain to Texas State laws and statutes. Packed with the most relevant concepts, and packaged in a user-friendly format, students will find this an invaluable reference throughout their academic and professional careers. Instructors will find that they can spend less time preparing to teach and more time teaching.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides the information, documents, and resources needed to understand the basics of Texas law – in a handy, all-in-one resource, thereby eliminating the task of gathering this material piecemeal.
  • Provides concrete tools that can be applied to real-world situations, in the form of valuable sample documents, including a petition action, civil complaint, legal memorandum, appellate brief, and criminal complaint.
  • Fosters a richer understanding of the material with a compilation of internet resources that will supplement the knowledge gained in their day-to-day classes.

Table of Contents

PART 1: PARALEGAL PROFESSION.
1. Overview of Texas Paralegals.
2. Paralegal Associations and Related Groups in Texas.
3. Sources of CLE for Paralegals.
Appendix A: Paralegals in Court Opinions.
Appendix B. Becoming an Attorney in Texas.
PART 2: PARALEGAL EMPLOYMENT.
1. Resources for Finding Employment in Texas.
2. Sample Paralegal Job Descriptions in State Government.
3. Sample Paralegal Job Description in a Federal Agency Located in Texas.
4. Pro Bono Opportunities for Paralegals.
5. Becoming a Notary Public.
6. An Employee or an Independent Contractor?.
7. Overtime Pay under Federal Law and State Law.
8. Laid-Off Paralegals and Unemployment Compensation.
9. Injured Paralegals and Workers' Compensation.
Appendix A: Deductibility of the Cost of Paralegal Education or Training.
PART 3: ETHICS, PARALEGALS, AND ATTORNEYS.
1. Defining the Practice of Law and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) in Texas.
2. Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (DRPC).
3. Ethical Opinions on Paralegals and other Nonattorneys.
4. Texas Bar Associations (including Paralegal Membership Categories).
Appendix A: Timeline: Disciplinary Proceedings against an Attorney.
PART 4: LEGAL SYSTEM.
1. Introduction to the State Government of Texas.
2. State Courts in Texas.
3. Federal Courts in Texas.
4. State Legislation: How a Bill Becomes a Texas Statute.
5. State Agencies, Offices, and Boards.
6. Counties and Cities: Selected Useful Law-Related Sites.
PART 5: LEGAL RESEARCH AND RECORDS RESEARCH.
1. Texas State Legal Research.
2. Citation Examples: Some Comparisons.
3. Abbreviations in Citations: Some Comparisons.
4. Abbreviations for Notetaking.
5. Research Starters for 74 Major Texas Topics.
6. Self-Help Resources.
7. Public Records Research.
8. Finding Law Libraries in Your Area.
9. Hotline Resources and Complaint Directories.
PART 6: PROCEDURE: SOME BASICS.
1. Timeline: A Civil Case in the Texas State Courts.
2. Venue, Process, Pleadings, and Discovery: 45 Rules Even Non-Litigation Paralegals Should Know.
3. State and Federal Civil Litigation in Texas: Some Comparisons.
4. Timeline: A Criminal Case in the Texas State Courts.
PART 7: SAMPLE DOCUMENTS.
1. Sample Petition Action Filed in a Texas State Court.
2. Sample Civil Complaint Filed in a Federal District Court in Texas.
3. Sample Legal Memorandum Applying Texas Law.
4. Sample Appellate Brief Filed in the Texas Court of Appeals.
5. Sample Criminal Complaint Filed in a Texas State Court.
Part 8: Comprehensive Legal Dictionary.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

The California Paralegal  (ISBN-10: 1418012947 | ISBN-13: 9781418012946)

The California Paralegal is a career book for both paralegal students and practicing paralegals. This book serves as a reference containing a great deal of information that will be essential for every paralegal student or employed paralegal in the state of California. The information included, along with the comprehensive legal dictionary within the guide, should make the book one that every paralegal would want to have close at hand in school or on the job. It is Internet-rich with resources that will help the paralegal in many aspects of their day-to-day jobs.

List Price = $103.95  | CengageBrain Price = $103.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00

The Ohio Paralegal  (ISBN-10: 141801298X | ISBN-13: 9781418012984)

The Ohio Paralegal is a career book for both paralegal students and practicing paralegals. This book serves as a reference containing a great deal of information that will be essential for every paralegal student or employed paralegal in the state of Ohio. The information included, along with the comprehensive legal dictionary within the guide, should make the book one that every paralegal would want to have close at hand in school or on the job. It is Internet-rich with resources that will help the paralegal in many aspects of their day-to-day jobs.

List Price = $133.95  | CengageBrain Price = $133.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $101.00

Student Supplements

The California Paralegal  (ISBN-10: 1418012947 | ISBN-13: 9781418012946)

The California Paralegal is a career book for both paralegal students and practicing paralegals. This book serves as a reference containing a great deal of information that will be essential for every paralegal student or employed paralegal in the state of California. The information included, along with the comprehensive legal dictionary within the guide, should make the book one that every paralegal would want to have close at hand in school or on the job. It is Internet-rich with resources that will help the paralegal in many aspects of their day-to-day jobs.

List Price = $103.95  | CengageBrain Price = $103.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00

The Ohio Paralegal  (ISBN-10: 141801298X | ISBN-13: 9781418012984)

The Ohio Paralegal is a career book for both paralegal students and practicing paralegals. This book serves as a reference containing a great deal of information that will be essential for every paralegal student or employed paralegal in the state of Ohio. The information included, along with the comprehensive legal dictionary within the guide, should make the book one that every paralegal would want to have close at hand in school or on the job. It is Internet-rich with resources that will help the paralegal in many aspects of their day-to-day jobs.

List Price = $133.95  | CengageBrain Price = $133.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $101.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William P. Statsky

William Statsky is a member of both the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, as well as an instructor of online courses at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals and was a member of the transition team for then President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M) in urban affairs, as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).

Lynn Crossett

Lynn Crossett is the Director of the Legal Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas State University in San Marcos. He serves on the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Committee and is a graduate of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law.