Higher Education

Introduction to Law, 5th Edition

  • Beth Walston-Dunham, J.D. Beth Walston-Dunham is a licensed attorney.
  • ISBN-10: 142831850X  |  ISBN-13: 9781428318502
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1999, 1993
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $159.25
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About

Overview

Introduction to Law has always maintained its primary objective of introducing students from a variety of courses of study to relevant legal principles and terminology. Each edition, including this new fifth edition, incorporates many of the newest cases and contemporary topics in the law. This is integrated with long standing legal principles that create the foundation of the American legal system. The book begins by providing a detailed look at how and why the U.S. system of government is organized in its present state. This is followed by chapters that address each of the primary substantive areas of law. Chapters include applications of the legal principles with discussion points, realistic assignments, and ethical considerations specific to the subject matter of the particular chapter. In addition to illustrations, there are actual judicial opinions that have been edited to a level easy to read and understand by the beginning student. Because of the impact of the legal system on virtually every aspect of American life and business, Introduction to Law is a means to expose all students to the way their particular profession may be affected by the legal system.

Features and Benefits

  • Current edited cases provide real examples of how the law is evolving
  • Realistic examples with discussion points facilitate development of critical thinking skills
  • Assignments based on actual situations allow assessment of the student’s understanding of the principles as they are applied in practice
  • Ethical circumstances allow the student to see how one circumstance can produce not only legal, but ethical issues that can in turn impact the future of the professional involved
  • A “news” article begins each chapter to help generate student interest
  • Some chapters have been rearranged to present the information in an order more commonly used in the traditional course
  • Includes Internet assignments that facilitate the development of Internet research skills

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Historical Basis and Current Structure of the American Legal System
Chapter 2: The Courts.
Chapter 3: Legislation.
Chapter 4: The Executive Branch and Administrative Authority.
Chapter 5: The Legal Professional.
Chapter 6: The Law of Ethics.
Chapter 7: Substantive and Procedural Issues.
Chapter 8: Jurisdiction.
Chapter 9: The Law of Contracts.
Chapter 10: Property Law.
Chapter 11: Torts.
Chapter 12: The Law of Business Organizations.
Chapter 13: Estates and Probate.
Chapter 14: Criminal Law.
Chapter 15: Criminal Procedure.
Chapter 16: The Law of Domestic Relations.
Appendicies
Glossary.

What's New

  • Includes a new CD-ROM with additional exercises
  • A variety of current topics in the law are addressed such as same sex marriage, changes in the bankruptcy code, and rights to privacy
  • New assignments, cases, and applications/discussion points reflect the most current developments in the law

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

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1428318526 | ISBN-13: 9781428318526)

The instructor's manual serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices and exercises for content reinforcement.

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 1428318518 | ISBN-13: 9781428318519)

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

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

The Professional Paralegal Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1401889190 | ISBN-13: 9781401889197)

The Professional Paralegal Workbook is a text that was conceived out of necessity. Many paralegal texts lack certain subject matter and can be unwieldy as a general reference and exercise book for students. This book was developed to bridge those gaps. Areas that are thoroughly covered are criminal, tort and contract law. The text includes chapters on these subjects that examine the essential elements of the law and include discussion points to facilitate classroom interaction. There are also exercises designed to be used either in the classroom in breakout groups, as study methods, or as homework assignments. This text is one that students can utilize both in class and during study periods. It functions as a launch pad for classroom discussions and creates many opportunities for students to review material covered in class, allowing for a full understanding while studying. The range of subject matter is attractive to most general law courses and is applicable to both the paralegal market and the undergraduate pre-law course. The concise yet thorough treatment of substantive law issues is coupled with interactive and hands-on exercises and discussions. Legal analysis, writing and research are covered in addition to the treatment of substantive law. The workbook is an interactive, portable text that students and instructors can easily utilize in both a classroom and home study environment.

List Price = $60.95  | CengageBrain Price = $60.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

Student Supplements

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 1428318518 | ISBN-13: 9781428318519)

List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.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 = $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

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

The Professional Paralegal Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1401889190 | ISBN-13: 9781401889197)

The Professional Paralegal Workbook is a reference that was conceived out of necessity. Many paralegal books lack certain subject matter and can be unwieldy as a general reference and exercise book for professionals and students. This book was developed to bridge those gaps. One area that is thoroughly covered is criminal, tort and contract law. The book includes chapters on these subjects that examine the essential elements of the law and include discussion points to facilitate further exploration. There are also exercises designed to be used either in discussions, as a study methods, or as review. The book functions as a launch pad for discussions and creates many opportunities for the reader to review material covered, allowing for a full understanding. The range of subject matter is attractive to most general law courses and is applicable to both the paralegal market and the undergraduate pre-law course. The concise yet thorough treatment of substantive law issues is coupled with interactive and hands-on exercises and discussions. Legal analysis, writing and research are covered in addition to the treatment of substantive law. The workbook is an interactive, portable book that professionals, students, and instructors can easily utilize in the office, classroom, or home study environment.

List Price = $60.95  | CengageBrain Price = $60.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Beth Walston-Dunham, J.D.

Beth Walston-Dunham is a licensed attorney. Additionally, she is licensed in the United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.