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Interviewing and Investigating: Essential Skills for the Legal Professional 5E

Fifth Edition
 

Stephen P. Parsons
 

2013. 624 pages.978-1-4548-1813-7. Teacher's Manual with Test Bank, Power Point Slides; CD-ROM with all the anciallaries included 

About the Book

Interviewing and Investigating delivers a strong foundation in skills as well as the civil, criminal, and non-litigation context in which they are used.  The practical emphasis throughout the text encourages students to “learn by doing.” The author brings almost thirty years of experience as a practitioner and teacher to bear, showing students the critical connection between law and fact, the best ways to engage in effective analysis, and the essentials of good communication skills. Well-crafted pedagogy in every chapter helps students apply the principles under review: illustrations, examples, hypotheticals, and Learn by Doing exercises. Examples are drawn from a variety of both civil and criminal, litigation and non-litigation scenarios. A key chapter on ethical issues and related material throughout the book emphasizes the professional standards expected of the paralegal. Four case studies designed to be used with the “Learn by Doing” exercises in each chapter provide realistic scenarios for applying concepts. Useful appendices provide resources, including extensive information on online assistance for investigators. The flexible organization suits a variety of course configurations. The Instructor’s Manual includes a sample syllabus, suggestions for use as either a one or two-semester course, approaches to teaching the materials, character descriptions to accompany the case studies, instructions for role playing in the case studies, a sample form to use in evaluating student interviewers, and a test bank covering each chapter of the text.

The Fifth Edition introduces new “Learn by Doing” and “Sleuth on the Loose” features as well as more than a dozen new cases. All references to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been brought into compliance with the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011. Likewise, all references to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and to the Federal Rules of Evidence in Chapters are updated to the latest amendments approved by Congress. “Foundations for Interviewing and Investigating” has been expanded. Subjects such as personal and subject matter jurisdiction in civil cases, venue, and alternative dispute resolution are dealt with in more detail than ever before, and a number of new Examples and Illustrations have been added. The coverage of the Federal Rules of Evidence has also been significantly expanded and new Examples added, particularly in connection with the hearsay rule and its exceptions. The text reflects continuing changes in communication technology. Chapters dealing with federal rules of civil and criminal procedure and evidence now direct students to online sites for current versions of the rules, rather than to appendices. The “Resources for the Investigator” appendix has been refreshed and expanded is more comprehensive and practical than ever before.


Hallmark features of Interviewing and Investigating: Essential Skills for the Legal Professional:

  • comprehensive and practical -- a strong foundation in skills as well as the civil, criminal, and non-litigation context in which they are used
  • “Learn by Doing” approach
    o teaches the critical connection between law and fact
    o shows how to engage in effective analysis
    o provides the essentials of good communication skills
  • well-crafted pedagogy
    o varied and realistic materials in which the student applies principles
    o illustrations, examples, hypotheticals, and Learn by Doing exercises in every chapter
  • examples drawn from a variety civil and criminal, litigation and non-litigation scenarios
  • strong chapter on ethical issues and relevant material throughout the book emphasizes professional standards expected of the paralegal
  • four case studies provide realistic scenarios for applying the concepts
    o a murder case, a personal injury case, a domestic relations case, and a real estate development project
    o designed to be used with the “Learn by Doing” exercises in each chapter
  • helpful appendices include extensive information on online resources for investigators
  • flexible organization suits a variety of course configurations
  • author brings almost thirty years of experience as a practitioner and teacher
  • Instructor’s Manual
    o sample syllabus
    o suggested sequencing of the text for use as either a one or two-semester course
    o suggested approaches to teaching the materials
    o character descriptions to accompany the case studies
    o instructions for persons role playing as clients or witnesses in the case studies
    o a suggested evaluation form to use in evaluating student interviewers
    o a test bank covering each chapter of the text


Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition presents:

  • new Learn by Doing and Sleuth on the Loose features
  • more than a dozen new cases
  • references to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure brought into compliance with the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011
  • references to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and to the Federal Rules of Evidence updated to the latest amendments approved by Congress
  • “Foundations for Interviewing and Investigating” expanded
  • material on personal and subject matter jurisdiction in civil cases, venue, and alternative dispute resolution in greater detail with new Examples and Illustrations
  • coverage of the Federal Rules of Evidence expanded with Examples, particularly in connection with the hearsay rule and its exceptions
  • discussion of continuing changes in communication technology
  • chapters dealing with federal rules of civil and criminal procedure and evidence direct students to online sites for current versions of the rules, rather than appendices
  • Resources for the Investigator appendix more comprehensive and practical than ever before