The Paralegal Professional: The Essentials, 5th edition

  • Thomas F. Goldman
  • Henry R. Cheeseman

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Build a strong foundation in Paralegal Studies
Since the publication of the First Edition of The Paralegal Professional: The Essentials, the paralegal profession plays an increasingly more important role in the delivery of legal services. The Paralegal Professional: The Essentials provides students with the conceptual knowledge, analytical skills, and firm understanding of ethical issues they need to succeed as paralegals in today’s legal environment. The book is shaped by insights of real legal professionals with whom paralegals work to offer relevant information for use in the workplace. The text illuminates specific tasks and roles paralegals will play in the workplace to fully prepare them to enter the field. The Fifth Edition builds a foundation of knowledge which students can augment as they work towards a profession in the field of law.


Table of contents

Part I: The Paralegal Profession

1. The Paralegal Profession

2. Ethics and Professional Responsibility

3. The Paralegal Workplace

4. Technology and the Paralegal


Part II: Introduction to Law

5 American Legal Heritage and Constitutional Law

6. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution

7. Civil Litigation

8. Criminal Law and Procedure

9. Administrative Law


Part III: Paralegal Skills

10. Interviewing and Investigation Skills

11. Legal Writing and Critical Legal Thinking

12. Legal Research


Appendix A How to Brief a Case

Appendix B National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

Appendix C Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants–Paralegals

Appendix D Federal Court Name Abbreviations

Appendix E Effective Learning: How to Study

Appendix F The Constitution of the United States of America

Appendix G Internet Resources

Appendix H Glossary of Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms

Published by Pearson (February 15th 2016) - Copyright © 2017