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West's Paralegal Today : Legal Team At Work

West's Paralegal Today : Legal Team At Work - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-1418050115

Cover of West
ISBN13: 978-1418050115
ISBN10: 1418050113

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 4TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Delmar Learning
Published: 2007
International: No

List price: $301.00

West's Paralegal Today : Legal Team At Work - 4TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-1418050115

Roger LeRoy Miller

ISBN13: 978-1418050115
ISBN10: 1418050113

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 4TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Delmar Learning
Published: 2007
International: No

West's Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, 4th edition, makes the paralegal field come alive for the student. It uses real-world examples, offering practical application of each concept discussed, and further enhances this focus with hands-on activities throughout. The text gives the student 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. The student gains a comprehensive understanding of the laws in our society, the importance of ethical and professional responsibility, and the skills needed to thrive in this environment. Technology features, including spotlights on how technology is changing litigation, legal research, and overall office management, convey the importance of developing strong skills in this area. Paralegal Profiles and Featured Guests bring a personal touch to the material--as students learn how professionals truly work in each area of the law and how each skill directly translates on-the-job. Ethical dilemmas challenge the students to further understand their professional duties and critical thinking questions provide an opportunity to sharpen their proficiency. In this way, paralegal students learn not only about the substantive areas of the law, but how to excel as a professional in each one.


  • Thorough: Covers all major substantive areas of the law
  • Technology: Describes technology's impact on the law and the skills a paralegal needs to succeed
  • Real-World: Examples and professional profiles bring the material to life
  • Practical Application: An emphasis on applying concepts with features throughout and comprehensive end-of-chapter activities
  • Ethics: Strong focus on the paralegal's professional responsibility in every aspect of the law
  • Motivational: Highlights the positive aspects of the profession
  • Flexible: Organized to be appropriate for any Introductory course
  • New content on Insurance Law, Bankruptcy Law, and Negotiable Instruments
  • Updated content on ethical rules
  • Extensive update on computer-assisted legal research
  • Expanded content on electronic filing and electronic discovery
  • Expanded content on Constitutional Law
  • New, expanded examples are highlighted throughout
  • More photos, illustrations, and exhibits to further enhance understanding

Table of Contents

The paralegal profession p. 1
Today's professional paralegal p. 2
Career opportunities p. 24
Ethics and professional responsibility p. 66
The inner workings of the law office p. 111
Introduction to law p. 147
Sources of American law p. 148
The court system and alternative dispute resolution p. 186
Tort law, product liability, and consumer law p. 222
Contracts and intellectual property law p. 264
Insurance law and real property p. 301
Estates and family law p. 331
Laws affecting business p. 362
Bankruptcy and environmental law p. 410
Legal procedures and paralegal skills p. 449
Civil litigation - before the trial p. 450
Conducting interviews and investigations p. 503
Trial procedures p. 545
Criminal law and procedures p. 580
Legal research and analysis p. 628
Computer-assisted legal research p. 680
Legal writing : form and substance p. 721
NALA's code of ethics and professional responsibility p. 757
NALA's model standards and guidelines for utilization of legal assistants p. 759
NFPA's model code of ethics and professional responsibility and guidelines for enforcement p. 763
NALS code of ethics p. 773
Paralegal ethics and regulation : how to find state-specific information p. 775
Paralegal associations p. 777
Information on NALA's CLA/CP program p. 785
Information on NFPA's PACE examination p. 795
Information on NALS certification p. 799
The constitution of the United States p. 805
Spanish equivalents for important legal terms in English p. 819
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