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Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, 6th Edition

  • Roger Miller Institute for University Studies Arlington, Texas
  • Mary Meinzinger Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
  • ISBN-10: 1133591078  |  ISBN-13: 9781133591078
  • 816 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 2007
  • © 2014 | Published
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  • Newer Edition Available

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Designed for anyone considering a career as a paralegal, the sixth edition of PARALEGAL TODAY: THE LEGAL TEAM AT WORK provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the legal system through real-world examples, practical applications, ethical dilemmas, and hands-on assignments. With coverage of general information as well as specific areas of the law, this text ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of the laws in our society, the importance of ethical and professional responsibility, and the skills needed to thrive in the legal environment. The sixth edition includes increased coverage of technology in the workplace, including critical topics such as confidentiality issues, e-mail policies, technology in the courtroom, and the use of social media in crime detection and enforcing delinquent court judgments. In addition, "Social Media Today" boxed features explain how social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn can be used in the legal field. With multiple opportunities for practice, this text covers not just the substantive areas of the law, but also prepares students to excel as professionals.

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Features and Benefits

  • REAL-WORLD RELEVANCE. Real-world examples and Featured Contributors bring the material to life.
  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. A strong ethical focus emphasizes the paralegal's professional responsibility in every aspect of the law. In addition, "In the Office" features provide tips on how paralegals can be more productive and professional.
  • VISUAL APPEAL. Engaging, highly visual content gives students a thorough introduction to not only the legal system in general, but to specific areas of the law and the paralegal's integral role as a member of the legal team.
  • STUDY TOOLS. Numerous features and exhibits throughout the text and comprehensive end-of-chapter activities provide an emphasis on applying concepts.
  • GOING GREEN. "Going Green" features provide tips on how paralegals can conserve resources while still maintaining the same level of productivity.

Table of Contents

PART I THE PARALEGAL PROFESSION.
1. Today's Paralegal Profession.
2. Career Opportunities.
3. The Inner Workings of the Law Office.
4. Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
5. Sources of American Law.
6. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
PART II LEGAL PROCEDURES AND PARALEGAL SKILLS.
7. Legal Research and Analysis.
8. Contemporary Online Legal Research.
9. Legal Writing: Form and Substance.
10. Civil Litigation: Before the Trial.
11. Conducting Interviews and Investigations.
12. Trial Procedures.
13. Criminal Law and Procedures.
PART III SUBSTANTIVE AREAS OF LAW.
14. Tort Law, Product Liability, and Consumer Law.
15. Contracts and Intellectual Property Law.
16. Real Property and Insurance Law.
17. Family Law and Estates.
18. Business Organizations and Employment Law.
19. Bankruptcy and Environmental Law.
NALA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
NALA's Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants.
NFPA's Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement.
NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Paralegal Associations.
Information on NALA's CP Program.
Information on NFPA's PACE® Examination.
Information on NALS Certification.
The Constitution of the United States.
Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English.

What's New

  • USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. Throughout the text, "Social Media Today" boxed features explain how social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn can be used properly in the workplace.
  • TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE. To prepare students for a career in today's technological environment, discussions of the impact of technology in the workplace are found throughout the text. Coverage includes topics such as confidentiality issues, e-mail policies, technology in the courtroom, and the use of social media in crime detection and enforcing delinquent court judgments.
  • PRACTICE FOCUS. Each chapter includes a "Practice Focus" feature that introduces students to new technologies that affect the paralegal environment. Students are also provided with practical tips on how to use these new technologies to succeed in the workplace.
  • INCREASED COVERAGE OF DISCRIMINATION. The sixth edition includes a new discussion of restrictive covenants in employment and how firms can limit their potential liability in employment discrimination suits. Topics such as disability discrimination, domestic abuse, non-traditional marriages, and surrogacy motherhood are also discussed.
  • GROUP PROJECTS. A "Group Project" is included in the end-of-chapter questions. The projects present opportunities for small groups of students to work together researching key topics and then presenting their findings to the class.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The Miller/Urisko text has struck the right balance between legal information and its applicable "real world" practice. ... I have yet to find a text that covers paralegal ethics and career opportunities in such depth...This text is written more in the style of the way students today learn, by staying away from long stretches of text and interspersing it with eye catching insets and references to media. ... . I'm partial to the text because it has been and continues to be a 'toolkit' for entry-level and experienced paralegals. This is the type of book I call a 'keeper"

— Anita Whitby, Park University

"This is an excellent text. The three part content arrangement into Profession, Skills and Substantive Law is very useful for course organization purposes. It is equally user friendly for both instructors and students, striking a balance between the need to impart an enormous amount of information to students and a style which makes it look like it is not an intimidating amount of information. Just right!"

— Lora C. Clark, Pitt Community College, Greenville, NC

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Roger Miller

Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been on the staff of a number of universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught, among other subjects, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has published in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous leading textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT AND CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS: TEXT AND CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.

Mary Meinzinger

Mary Meinzinger is the paralegal program chair at Madonna University. She is highly respected and is an active member of AAfPE.