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Concise Guide to Legal Research and Writing 2E

Deborah E. Bouchoux


2013. 480 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-2051-2.
Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank and Power Point Slides.

About the Book

NEWS:

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This clear, well-organized text provides a building-block approach to the fundamentals of legal research and writing for paralegal students. Concise Guide to Legal Research and Writing covers legal research and legal writing in a concise and pragmatic manner and is ideal for introductory, abbreviated, or online courses.


Among the many singular features of this concise paperback:

  • The material is dealt with concisely, but all critical topics are addressed in six main sections:
    • Review of the American legal system and primary legal research authorities
    • Secondary sources used in legal research
    • Computer-assisted legal research using LexisNexis, Westlaw, and the Internet
    • Citation form and validating/updating legal authorities
    • Overview of the legal research process
    • Legal writing
  • Research assignments in each chapter require students to use conventional print resources
  • Internet assignments in each chapter require students to access well-known legal or general usage websites to locate information similar to what paralegals will be expected to know in “real life”
  • Effective charts, diagrams, and sample pages from research resources help students understand complex topics
  • Practice Tips in each chapter offer realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success
  • Ethics notes are included throughout the book
  • Each chapter demonstrates proper citation form in both Bluebook and ALWD format using the new 19th edition of the Bluebook and the new 4th edition of ALWD
  • Sample legal memorandum and sample court brief are included in the appendices
  • 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


This concise text by well-known educator Deborah Bouchoux effectively fills the need for a short, easy-to-teach text for the combined legal research and writing course.