Legal Research How to Find and Understand the Law

ISBN-10: 1413316182

ISBN-13: 9781413316186

Edition: 16th 2012

Authors: Stephen Elias, Nolo Press Editors

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 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.            
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Edition: 16th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 8/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

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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