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Paralegal Career For Dummies

Paralegal Career For Dummies

Scott A. Hatch, Lisa Zimmer Hatch

ISBN: 978-1-118-05297-6

Mar 2011

384 pages

$16.99

Description

Apply important legal concepts and skills you need to succeed



Get educated, land a job, and start making money now!

Want a new career as a paralegal but don't know where to start? Relax! Paralegal Career For Dummies is the practical, hands-on guide to all the basics -- from getting certified to landing a job and getting ahead. Inside, you'll find all the tools you need to succeed, including a CD packed with sample memos, forms, letters, and more!

Discover how to
* Secure your ideal paralegal position
* Pick the right area of the law for you
* Prepare documents for litigation
* Conduct legal research
* Manage a typical law office


Sample resumes, letters, forms, legal documents, and links to online legal resources.

Please see the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Introduction 1

Part I: A Snapshot of the Exciting and Lucrative Paralegal Profession 7

Chapter 1: Discovering the Paralegal Profession 9

Chapter 2: Membership Has Its Privileges: Paralegal Associations and Their Certification Exams 21

Chapter 3: The Hunt Is On: Securing a Paralegal Position 27

Part II: Important Legal Concepts Every Paralegal Should Know 37

Chapter 4: “All Rise”: The American Judicial System 39

Chapter 5: The Big Three: Categories of Law 57

Chapter 6: Taking a Case to Trial: The Litigation Process 79

Chapter 7: How It’s Done: Important Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence 99

Chapter 8: Because I Said So: The Categories of Legal Authority 115

Chapter 9: The Substantive Law Areas Most Commonly Practiced by Paralegals 123

Part III: Putting It into Practice: The Paralegal in the Civil Litigation Process 137

Chapter 10: The Paper Chase: Preparing Documents 139

Chapter 11: Elementary My Dear Watson: Legal Investigation 167

Chapter 12: Chewing the Fat: Legal Interviewing 179

Chapter 13: Burning the Midnight Oil: Legal Research 193

Chapter 14: Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Trial Performance 211

Chapter 15: The Official Word: Ethical Codes for Legal Professionals 225

Part IV: Skills Paralegals Need to Soar Ahead 239

Chapter 16: Write On: Presenting a Clear, Concise Legal Writing Style 241

Chapter 17: The Latest Thing: Using Technology in Law 269

Chapter 18: Law Office Management 101 281

Part V: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 19: The Ten Most Important Rules of Ethics 295

Chapter 20: Ten Things Every Paralegal Should Know 299

Chapter 21: Ten Survival Tips to Thrive in the Legal Environment 303

Part VI: Appendixes 307

Appendix A: Glossary of Important Legal Terms: A Mini Legal Dictionary 309

Appendix B: About the CD 335

Index 347