Edition: 5th 2012 (Revised)
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Description: Now in its fourth edition, the highly successful Introduction to Law forParalegals continues to offer paralegal students and instructors awell-rounded and accessible introduction to the legal system, the paralegal'srole and the skills involved, as well as to substantive law issues.Experienced authors and educators, Currier and Eimermann skillfully presenttheir materials in a way that facilitates teaching and learning. This textoffersA comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts coveredin a typical introduction to law courseA critical thinking approach that introduces students to the study oflaw and encourages them to interact with the materials through hypotheticals,examples, and well-designed questionsThree parts that reflect the topics addressed in an introductory course:Part I, Paralegals and the American Legal System, introduces studentsto the role of the paralegal, sources and classification of law, the structureof the court system, and an overview of litigation. Part II, Finding andAnalyzing the Law, offers an overview of the basics of legal analysis,research and writing. Part III, Legal Ethics and Substantive Law,covers substantive lawThe basic skills necessary to understand statutes and court casesTeaching and learning aids that include ethics alerts, marginaldefinitions, Internet references, and legal reasoning exercises throughout thebook. Material presented in an accessible and well-organized formatSubstantive law chapters that use edited cases to teach students how toread and analyze the lawAppendices on good writing, citation, excerpts from the U.S.Constitution, Ethical Codes, and additional Net Notes .Enhancements in the Fourth Edition include:reorganization of Chapter 6 on Litigation, making this material eveneasier to teach. The chapter now begins with a discussion of ADR andintegrates the use of case studiesNew or expanded coverage of: federal powers and preemption, judicialselection, domain names, electronic discovery, email, contingency fees,intentional interference with a contractual relationship, caps on damages,interpretation of contracts, eminent domain, collaborative divorces, sperm &egg donations, same-sex unions, sentencing guidelines, habeas corpus, andciting of unpublished opinions.Discussion of recently decided high-interest cases including ParentsInvolved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. (use of racialcriteria in school assignments), Phillip Morris v. Williams (punitivedamages), Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire (statute of limitations foremployment discrimination claims), Scott v. Harris (police use ofexcessive force), Hudson v. Michigan (exclusionary rule), Brendlinv. California (sentencing guidelines), Bowles v. Russell (habeascorpus in death penalty cases), Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (habeas corpus interrorism cases), and Rumsfeld v. Padilla (habeas corpus in terrorismcases)