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The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach 5th Edition

James W. H. McCord, J.D.

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2002, 1997, 1992
  • 624 Pages


The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach, fifth edition provides students and faculty with a learning resource written specifically for them. It is a resource combining the theories and principles of law with practical paralegal skills, paralegal ethics, numerous forms, checklists, practice tips, online resources, and a focus on the goals and needs of the paralegal profession, all in the context of the law office. This text also provides instructors with the flexibility to utilize the step-by-step law office litigation system, which stresses student organizational skills and quality control techniques, or any other approach of the instructor's choosing. This new edition addresses electronic discovery and filing and the associated ethical and practical responsibilities of the lawyer and the paralegal. New revisions to the Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil and Appellate Procedure are examined, as are the practice requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. New/revised forms have been added to reflect current practice. Web sites, assignments, key terms, and study questions have been updated throughout the text as well.

James W. H. McCord, J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

James McCord is an experienced trial attorney in criminal law, professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the Wisconsin and Kentucky Bar Associations. A frequent speaker at legal conferences, he is the author of several books and articles on the paralegal profession and practice. Professor McCord is a past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education, a former member of the American Bar Association Legal Assistant Program Approval Commission, and included in "Who's Who in Law."
  • New material on electronic filing, discovery, the duty to prevent spoliation and pertinent rule changes, coverage of the HIPAA standards, and more facilitates student understanding of the importance of these relatively new areas of practice
  • Thorough updating of the law, changes in rules of procedure, evidence, and ethics standards keeps students and instructor current on changes in the law and practice
  • New forms and task examples, as well as web resources and revised tables/charts enhance enjoyment and overall appeal of the book
  • New analysis problems, study/review questions and internet applications enhance learning and retention of new text material
  • Clear and concise presentation of concepts and practice skills promotes quicker comprehension and easier application of subject matter
  • Realistic case scenarios and assignments to better simulate the law office setting stimulates student interest and motivation
  • References to key court decisions and examination of pertinent rules of law, evidence, and procedures enhance the student�s understanding of the importance of legal authority and policies
  • College of ethics standards, online resources, practice tips, forms, documents, checklists, diagrams, tables provide valuable learning and practice resources
  • Accompanying student workbook facilitates learning and the application of knowledge and skills
1: Welcome to the Law Office: Foundations for Litigation.
2: The Initial Interview.
3: Evidence and Investigation.
4: Drafting the Complaint.
5: Filing the Lawsuit, Service of Process, and Obtaining a Default Judgment.
6: Defending and Testing the Lawsuit: Motions, Answers, and Other.
7: Discovery and Electronic Discovery: Overview and Interrogatories.
8: Discovery: Depositions.
9: Discovery: Document Production and Control, Medical Exams, Admissions.
10: Settlement and Other Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
11: Trial Preparation and Trial.
12: Post-Trial Practice from Motions to Appeal.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781418016050