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About the Book

Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals

Front Cover - Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals

Eighth Edition


Deborah E. Bouchoux
Georgetown University

2017. Approx. 816 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7335-8. 

About the Book

Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals emphasizes the issues that paralegals encounter in practice. Thoroughly up to date, the Eighth Edition continues to combine crisp text with visual aids, writing samples, tips, and pointers. Designed specifically for paralegal students, the author’s classroom-tested approach teaches cutting-edge research skills, writing style, and proper citation form—to equip students with an essential skill set and well-founded confidence.

Popular with students and respected by instructors, Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, features:
•  An integrated approach that consistently connects writing strategies and research
•  Timely and detailed coverage of electronic research, including Internet research and fee-based services such as Lexis and Westlaw
•  Pointers throughout for using electronic resources more effectively
•  Helpful charts and diagrams that clearly illustrate complex topics
•  Practice Tips in each chapter that offer useful suggestions for workplace success
 Internet Assignments—which can be made state-specific— that give you practice finding information on-line
•  Step-by-step guidance for proper citation form 
•  Legal writing samples, such as letters, a court brief, and a legal memorandum

Thoroughly updated, the Eighth Edition includes:
•  Entirely new assignments in every chapter
•  Updates to the United States Code
•  GovInfo offering free, official, and authenticated documents from all three branches of government
•  New research sources, such as the Law Review Commons, for free access to thousands of law review articles
•  Revamped and updated discussion of citation form, including citing Internet sources
•  Citation software and automatic citation tools, such as Lexis for Microsoft Office, Thomson
•  Reuters’s Drafting Assistant, Zotero, and Juris-M
•  The new platforms for Lexis Advance and Westlaw, with accompanying assignments
•  Ravel Law, the newest entrant into computer-assisted legal research
•  Research management tools Zotero, Juris-M, and Evernote

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