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Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals

Summary of Contents


Section I Legal Research: Primary Authorities
Chapter 1 Finding the Law
Chapter 2 The Federal and State Court Systems
Chapter 3 Statutory Law
Chapter 4 Case Law and Judicial Opinions
Chapter 5 The Use of Digests, Annotated Law Reports, and Words and Phrases

Section II Legal Research: Secondary Authorities and Other Research Aids
Chapter 6 Encyclopedias, Periodicals, Treatises, and Restatements
Chapter 7 Miscellaneous Secondary Authorities
Chapter 8 Legal Citation Form
Chapter 9 Updating and Validating Your Research
Chapter 10 Special Research Issues
Chapter 11 The Digital Library: Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Nonprint Research Sources
Chapter 12 E-Research: Legal Research Using the Internet
Chapter 13 Overview of the Research Process

Section III Legal Writing
Chapter 14 Back to Basics
Chapter 15 Strategies for Effective Writing
Chapter 16 Legal Correspondence
Chapter 17 Legal Memoranda
Chapter 18 Legal Briefs
Chapter 19 Postwriting Steps

Appendix A Using Shepard’s in Print Form
Appendix B Sample Legal Memorandum
Appendix C Sample Brief for Court
Appendix D Sample Appellate Brief
Appendix E Sample Table of Authorities