Higher Education

Constitutional Law: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

  • Joanne Banker Hames DeAnza Community College, Cupertino, California
  • Yvonne Ekern
  • ISBN-10: 1111648549  |  ISBN-13: 9781111648541
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $147.75
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Overview

Specifically written for paralegal students, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, 2nd Edition identifies and explains the concepts behind constitutional law,and connects them to everyday experiences both inside the law practice and out. Carefully edited for non-lawyers, the major cases presented show how the Supreme Court's decisions impact lawyers, lawmakers, and the general public, while breaking down complex concepts for paralegals-in-training to grasp more easily. Each chapter also contains numerous pedagogical elements including learning objectives, review and analysis questions, and vocabulary terms to build reader confidence with the material, and demonstrate the ways paralegals perform in the workplace. Focusing on practical application, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, 2nd Edition offers multiple hands-on opportunities to help students excel. Helpful appendices include samples of commonly used legal documents, while the readings are packed with hypothetical cases, ethical dilemmas, and end-of-chapter assignments for practicing analytical skills.

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Features and Benefits

  • Practical Application: Multiple practical features bring constitutional law into students' real lives. In "Living with the Constitution," a hypothetical situation provides a practical introduction to each chapter, enabling students to identify the relevance of the material. "Ethical Decisions – Everyday Choices" presents students with problems based on factual situations, illustrating ethical concerns related to chapter material. "Putting it Into Practice," a practical assignment at the end of each chapter, illustrates how the Constitution affects the day-to-day practice of law.
  • Reader-Friendly Cases: Edited Supreme Court cases in an easy-to-understand format give students a true feel for law without bogging them down with legalese.
  • Focused Learning: Clear objectives stated in the chapters alert students to the most important concepts, and keep them focused through more abstract topics.
  • Key Terms: Placed in the margins for easy access, legal terms and their definitions enhance chapters and engage students in the readings.
  • Chapter Review: Questions for Review, Questions for Analysis, and Assignments and Projects at the end of each chapter help students integrate and master chapter concepts and expand their analytic, writing, and research skills.
  • Timely Post-Case Questions: Placed after each major case instead of at the ends of the chapters, "Something to Consider" questions for discussion reinforce key points immediately for students.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Constitutional Law.
2. The Constitution and the Federal Government: An Overview.
3. Federal Judicial Power.
4. Federal Legislative Powers.
5. Federal Executive Power.
6. State Powers and the Constitution.
7. Constitutional Protections of Civil Rights and Liberties.
8. Equal Protection.
9. Due Process.
10. Economic Freedom and Property Rights.
11. Freedom of Expression.
12. Freedom of Religion.
13. The Right to Privacy Under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses.
14. Criminal Justice and the Constitution.
Appendices.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • New Group Activities: Students read, analyze, and discuss portions of written arguments for critically important cases, and support their own arguments with full briefs located in the appendix.
  • Key Legal Updates: Case law in each chapter has been updated to reflect the most recent United States Supreme Court decisions and give readers the most accurate information available.

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  • Loose-Leaf Version

    ISBN-10: 1337413755 | ISBN-13: 9781337413756

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The text is well written and thorough, and includes practical assignments that are important for paralegal programs to include in their courses.The text has an excellent overview of how to read a Supreme Court case in Chapter 1."

— Sally Bisson, J.D., College of Saint Mary

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Constitutional Law: Principles and Practice, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413755 | ISBN-13: 9781337413756)

Specifically written for paralegal students, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, 2nd Edition identifies and explains the concepts behind constitutional law,and connects them to everyday experiences both inside the law practice and out. Carefully edited for non-lawyers, the major cases presented show how the Supreme Court's decisions impact lawyers, lawmakers, and the general public, while breaking down complex concepts for paralegals-in-training to grasp more easily. Each chapter also contains numerous pedagogical elements including learning objectives, review and analysis questions, and vocabulary terms to build reader confidence with the material, and demonstrate the ways paralegals perform in the workplace. Focusing on practical application, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, 2nd Edition offers multiple hands-on opportunities to help students excel. Helpful appendices include samples of commonly used legal documents, while the readings are packed with hypothetical cases, ethical dilemmas, and end-of-chapter assignments for practicing analytical skills.

List Price = $125.95  | CengageBrain Price = $125.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $94.50

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111648557 | ISBN-13: 9781111648558)

The site includes an Instructor's Manual with a chapter-by-chapter analysis as well as lecture outlines, teaching tips, and suggested discussion questions. The website also includes a test bank with answers and PowerPoint® lecture slides.

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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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

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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Criminal Law and Procedure  (ISBN-10: 1111312729 | ISBN-13: 9781111312725)

An excellent resource for both paralegal and criminal justice students, Criminal Law and Procedure, 6th edition provides high-level, comprehensive coverage of both criminal law and criminal procedure. This authoritative text delivers extensive coverage of every aspect of the law and the duties a paralegal is expected to perform. Combining theoretical law with cutting-edge developments, the text explores foundational concepts as well as emerging trends such as cyber crime, new laws stemming from the Patriot Act, terrorism, and more. Case excerpts spark lively student discussions, while a variety of pedagogical features help sharpen students' problem solving and analytical skills. The book is an excellent resource for combined criminal law and criminal procedure classes, or it can easily be split for use by programs that divide the two subjects.

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Student Supplements

Constitutional Law: Principles and Practice, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413755 | ISBN-13: 9781337413756)

Specifically written for paralegal students, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, 2nd Edition identifies and explains the concepts behind constitutional law and connects them to everyday experiences both inside the law practice and out. Carefully edited for non-lawyers, the major cases presented show how the Supreme Court's decisions impact lawyers, lawmakers, and the general public, while breaking down legal complex concepts for you to grasp more easily. Each chapter also contains learning objectives, review and analysis questions, and vocabulary terms to build your confidence with the material, and demonstrate the ways paralegals perform in the workplace. Focusing on practical application, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, 2nd Edition offers multiple hands-on opportunities to help you excel.Helpful appendices include samples of commonly used legal documents, while information-packed readings deliver hypothetical cases, ethical dilemmas, and end-of-chapter assignments designed to hone your analytical skills.

List Price = $125.95  | CengageBrain Price = $125.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $94.50

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

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

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

Criminal Law and Procedure  (ISBN-10: 1111312729 | ISBN-13: 9781111312725)

Authoritative, comprehensive, and current, Criminal Law and Procedure, 6th edition delivers cutting-edge coverage of every aspect of the law and the duties a paralegal is expected to perform. Finding the ideal balance between theoretical law and cutting-edge developments, the text explores foundational concepts as well as emerging trends such as cyber crime, new laws stemming from the Patriot Act, terrorism, and more. Case excerpts spark lively class discussions, while a variety of pedagogical features help sharpen your problem solving and analytical skills.

List Price = $202.95  | CengageBrain Price = $202.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $152.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joanne Banker Hames

Joanne Banker Hames is an instructor and the coordinator for the paralegal program at DeAnza Community College in Cupertino, California. Formerly an instructor at Santa Clara University Paralegal Institute, Ms. Hames was also an attorney in a busy litigation law firm, where she worked in all aspects of civil litigation, including pre-trial preparation, jury trials, and appeals. She earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and has been an active member of the California Bar since January 1972.

Yvonne Ekern

Yvonne Ekern is a member of the Law Faculty at Santa Clara Law School and an instructor for the DeAnza Community College Paralegal Program in Cupertino, California. Formerly the Chair of the Paralegal Program at West Valley Community College, Ms. Ekern received her J.D. from the University of Idaho School of Law.