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Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals

Seventh Edition

Deborah E. Bouchoux
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

2013. 797 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-3132-7. Instructor's Manual with Test Banks and PowerPoint slides. 

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Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals is a Revision of successful legal research and writing text for paralegal students.


  • Clear, well-organized text for the introductory legal research and writing course, designed specifically for paralegal students.
  • Comprehensive overview of research and writing skills, reinforced by illustrations and exercises.
  • Integrates writing strategies into each research chapter to demonstrate the link between the two processes.
  • Thorough coverage of electronic research, including a chapter on internet research as well as fee-based services such as LEXIS and Westlaw.  Further tips on how to effectively use electronic resources are included throughout the text.
  • Helpful charts and diagrams help students understand complex topics.
  • Practice Tips in each chapter offer realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success.
  • State Your Answer exercises help students learn how to navigate through cyberspace. These questions require students to access relevant internet sites and locate information, and can be made state-specific.
  • Thoroughly explains proper citation form and updating/validating legal authorities.
  • Includes samples of legal writing, such as letters, a court brief, and a legal memorandum.
  • In-depth Instructor’s Manual includes an overview of the text, sample syllabi, tips on teaching strategies, chapter-by-chapter resource information, answer keys for all assignments, and a Test Bank.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • All new Internet Research Questions and Discussion questions.
  • New Practice Tips on citation form.
  • Important updates to new Title 51 in U.S. Code and
  • Revised and enhanced coverage of legal periodicals that emphasize the use of electronic search aids
  • Expanded and updated coverage of legal Citation Form, including The Bluebook App, WestlawNext's Citation Preferences, and FDsys Constructing a legislative history with public domain sites
  • Updated Lexisand Westlaw screen shots

    Now available as an eBook!