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Paralegal Today: The Essentials 7th Edition

Roger Miller | Mary Meinzinger

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Designed for those considering a career as a paralegal, the seventh edition of PARALEGAL TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS gives students a comprehensive introduction to the legal system through real-world examples, practical applications, ethical dilemmas, and hands-on assignments. With thorough coverage of key areas of paralegal studies, this product ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of the law, the importance of ethical and professional responsibility, and the skills needed to thrive. It offers increased coverage of technology in the workplace, including confidentiality issues, email policies, courtroom technology, and social media in crime detection.

Roger Miller, Institute for University Studies Arlington, Texas

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, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan

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

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  • TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE. Materials and features throughout the text demonstrate how the latest developments in technology are affecting the law, the legal workplace, and paralegal tasks. Topics include confidentiality issues, e-mail policies, technology in the courtroom, and the use of social media in crime detection and in the enforcement of delinquent court judgments.
  • GROUP PROJECTS. A "Group Project" in each set of end-of-chapter questions presents an opportunity for small groups of students to work together researching key topics and presenting their findings to the class.
  • DEVELOPING PARALEGAL SKILLS. This feature allows students to see how what they are learning is put into practice.
  • REAL-WORLD RELEVANCE. Real-world examples and Featured Contributors add multiple perspectives and bring concepts to life.
  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. A strong ethical focus emphasizes the paralegal's professional responsibility in every aspect of the law. For example, "Ethics Watch" features take students into hypothetical situations that present an ethical problem. 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 emphasize applying concepts. Internet-based end-of-chapter research questions provide students opportunities for hands-on practice.

Paralegal Today: The Essentials


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.
7. Legal Research and Analysis.
8. 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.
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 PCCE™ and PACE® Examinations.
Information on NALS Certification.
The Constitution of the United States.
Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English.

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