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Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals 5E

Front Cover - Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals 5E

Fifth Edition

Marlene A. Maerowitz

Thomas. A. Mauet

2013.  560 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-4548-1654-6

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank and PowerPoint slides.

About the Book

Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals offers a complete understanding of the litigation process from the time the client walks into the office through trial and post-judgment. Its balanced approach does not oversimplify the process, but covers the right amount of rules and procedures for students to embrace. Tailored to the California rules, each chapter references the specific California statute where further information can be found.  California forms are included throughout the text. Abundant study aids make the material highly accessible and include bold-face terms defined in the glossary; numerous examples, charts, checklists, and sample documents; chapter overviews and summaries; and review questions. The text allows instructors flexibility in choosing topics while still providing a full overview for students.  A litigation file at the end contains sample motions, pleadings, and discovery requests that are part of a case. A workbook on CD that comes with the text has five case scenarios based on California law for use in completing assignments and as case studies in class. An Instructor’s Manual provides answers to the questions posed in the workbook and book, a test bank of questions (true-false, short answer and essay), projects for research and writing, sample forms, and suggested course outlines.

The updated Fifth Edition includes amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure, California Rules of Court, and Judicial Council forms. The text now incorporates social media tools as part of a litigation practice. 

Hallmark features of Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals:
  • balanced approach with just the right coverage, never oversimplified
  • clear and concise explanations of complex rules governing litigation   
  • step-by-step process organizes materials around the entire litigation process
  • tailored to the California rules
o each chapter references a specific California statute for further study
o California forms included throughout
  • includes settlements and alternative forms of resolution
  • study aids
o bold-face terms defined in the glossary
o numerous examples, charts, checklists, sample documents
o chapter overviews and summaries 
o review questions
  • text allows instructor flexibility in topic coverage while giving students a full overview
  • litigation file at the end of the text
o sample motions, pleadings, and discovery requests that make up a litigation case
  • workbook on CD
o five case scenarios based on California law combined with  assignments Judicial Council forms included for practice
  • Instructor’s Manual
o answers to the questions posed in the workbook and book
o a test bank of questions: true-false, short answer and essay 
projects for research and writing
sample forms 
o suggested course outlines 

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition presents:
  • amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure and, California Rules of Court
  • New Judicial Council forms
  • Coverage of  social media tools as part of a litigation practice

Preface / Sample Chapters