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    Legal Research How to Find and Understand the Law

    ISBN-10: 1413316182
    ISBN-13: 9781413316186
    Author(s): Stephen Elias, Nolo Press Editors
    Description:  Legal research made simple!  If you're searching for information in a real or virtual law library as a paralegal, law student, legal assistant, journalist, or lay person, finding and accessing the laws that you need to read can be a challenge. Turn  More...
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    Edition: 16th
    Publisher: NOLO
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 386
    Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.562
    Language: English

     Legal research made simple!  If you're searching for information in a real or virtual law library as a paralegal, law student, legal assistant, journalist, or lay person, finding and accessing the laws that you need to read can be a challenge. Turn toLegal Research, which outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results.In plain, readable English, Attorney Stephen Elias explains, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to: . read and understand statues, regulations and cases. evaluate cases for their value as precedent. use all the basic tools of legal research. practice what you've learned with "hands-on, library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems and solutions This easy-to-use and understand book has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs. This edition has been condensed to be more readable and includes an expanded discussion on the use of new legal research tools on the web.            

    Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as current President of National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, most recently The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You? Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He is also one of the original authors/designers of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and was a practicing attorney in California, New York and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more.

    Introduction: Your Legal Research Companion
    Understanding the Basics of the Law
    What Is the Law?
    Sources of Law
    State Versus Federal Law
    The Court System
    Finding Legal Resources
    Where Legal Information Is Located
    Primary Sources and Secondary Sources
    Looking for Legal Resources on the Internet
    Legal Research Websites
    Identifying Your Legal Issue
    How to Approach Your Research
    Is the Issue Civil or Criminal?
    Figuring Out the Area of Law You're Researching
    What Are the Resources That Will Help You Find What You Need?
    Figure Out Your Legal Research Question
    Finding and Using Secondary Sources
    Online Resources
    Self-Help Legal Books
    Legal Encyclopedias
    Form Books
    Practice Manuals
    Continuing Legal Education Publications
    Law Reviews and Other Legal Periodicals
    Specialized Loose-Leaf Materials
    Treatises and Monographs
    Restatements of the Law
    Finding and Using Constitutions, Statutes, Regulations, and Ordinances
    Finding and Using Constitutions
    Finding Federal Statutes
    Finding State Statutes
    Understanding and Using Federal and State Statutes
    Finding and Using Regulations
    Finding and Using Procedural Statutes and Rules
    Finding and Using Local Laws or Ordinances
    Finding Cases
    Using Citations to Find Cases
    Finding Cases on the Internet
    Finding Cases in the Law Library
    The Next Step
    Using Case Law
    What Is a Case?
    How Cases Are Published
    How Cases Affect Later Disputes
    Validating Your Research
    Making Sure It's "Good Law"
    How to Shepardize a Case
    Shepardizing Statutes
    Using Shepard's for Research
    Organizing and Putting Your Legal Research to Use
    Organizing Your Research
    How to Write a Legal Memorandum
    Going to Court
    Finding and Working With a Lawyer
    Research Hypothetical and Memorandum
    Research Problem: Alimony Hypothetical (West Virginia)
    How to Approach This Question
    Appendix: Topic-Specific Research Sites

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