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About the Book

A Practical Introduction to Paralegal Studies: Strategies for Success

Second Edition


Deborah E. Bouchoux, Esq.


2009.  482 pages.  ISBN: 978-0-7355-6947-8.
Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank and PowerPoint slides.
(Ancillary materials also included on CD-ROM.)

About the Book

Bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world, respected author Deborah E. Bouchoux offers this thorough exploration of the entire paralegal profession, as well as a specific inventory of what students will be expected to know, and the tasks they will be expected to perform as working paralegals in law office and other legal environments.

This concise yet thorough orientation to the work of the paralegal provides:

  • Practical guidance for transferring and applying classroom lessons to the law office environment
  • A logical three-section organization
    • Making connections between study skills, the paralegal profession, and the American legal system
    • Connecting paralegal research, analysis, and writing to the tasks of interviewing and investigation
    • Looking at the tasks of the working paralegal, different types of law practice, the law office environment, strategies for career development (including resume preparation, job interview preparation, and job resignations), and techniques for succeeding in the workplace
  • Topical coverage that closely adheres to the nature of paralegal work
    • Effective ways to improve note taking
    • How to respond to ethical misconduct in the workplace
    • Common blunders when using e-mail
    • Cultivating listening skills
    • Best practices for timekeeping and billing
    • Time management techniques that improve job performance
  • Pedagogical devices that enhance learning, such as  chapter overviews, key terms, marginal definitions, website references, case illustrations, practice tips, and chapter summaries
  • Research task exercises and Internet-based exercises in each chapter that mirror those performed by the working paralegal
  • Four months of prepaid access to Loislaw's online legal research database
  • A comprehensive teaching package that includes
    • An Instructor’s Manual with sample syllabi, chapter outlines, answers to all end-of-chapter discussion and research questions, and additional practice exercises
    • A Test Bank with more than 400 questions
    • PowerPoint slides

Updated throughout, with new Case Illustrations, Discussion Questions, and Internet Closing Argument Assignments, the Second Edition offers:

  • An overview of recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the production of electronically stored information
  • Discussion of class action suits and multidistrict litigation
  • A review of new electronic tools used in law firms
  • Discussion of cutting-edge topics, such as electronically existing metadata and its implications for attorney-client privilege, and whether legal blawgs constitute advertising
  • A fresh look at professional appearance, demeanor, and etiquette in the workplace
  • New and updated information on salary trends, popular paralegal fields, billable hour requirements, and more

Emphasizing practical skills and the role of the paralegal, Deborah E. Bouchoux shines a light on the paralegal profession by showing students what paralegals actually do.