Legal Research Explained

Author: Deborah E. Bouchoux

Publisher: Aspen Law & Business

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 391

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Developed from the author's highly respected Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, Legal Research Explained, Second Edition, offers accessible, complete, up-to-date coverage designed specifically for Legal Research courses. Deborah E. Bouchoux's popular building-block approach ensures that all students can master the essential skills of legal research. Legal Research Explained, Second Edition, Features: -A methodical approach that mirrors the process of legal research in practice -A transparent five-part organization 1. Conducting legal research using primary authorities 2. Conducting legal research using secondary authorities and other research aids 3. Computer-assisted legal research and the Internet 4. Legal citation form and validating authorities 5. Putting it all together: an overview of the legal research process -Rich and dynamic pedagogy in each chapter that includes Examples that illustrate citation form, showing both ALWD and Bluebook formats Research and review questions Internet research exercises that promote quick online research proficiency Practice Tipsùtimely and practical suggestions for workplace success Ethics Alerts Help Notes that provide at least one key reference source for the material covered Sample pages that illustrate various features of legal research authorities New standard research assignments in which students use conventional print volumes from the law library New Internet assignments in which students access websites commonly used in practice -Current topical coverage that includes How to use and cite unpublished opinions Discussion of the dangers of metadata embedded in forms How to use the new "Easy Search" feature of Lexis/Nexis Legal databases available for "apps" on iPhones and similar devices Discussion of the newly launched Google Scholar, a free research tool for finding case law. Up-to-date information on the online Bluebook Comparing and contrasting cases using Shepard's on LexisNexis and KeyCite on Westlaw
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Legal research and writing for paralegals

Author: Deborah E. Bouchoux

Publisher: Aspen Law & Business

ISBN: 9780735551053

Category: Law

Page: 793

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the Fourth Edition of Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals continues to build a strong foundation for future practice while introducing students to the latest techniques and processes. The text retains the features that earned it such widespread use: clear, well-organized text For The introductory legal research and writing course, designed specifically for paralegal students comprehensive overview of research and writing skills, reinforced by illustrations and exercises integrates writing strategies into each research chapter to demonstrate the link between the two processes timely and thorough coverage of electronic research, including a chapter on internet research as well as fee-based services such as LEXIS and Westlaw. Throughout the text, The author supplies further tips on how to use electronic resources most effectively. useful charts and diagrams help students understand complex topics thorough explanation of proper citation form and updating/validating legal authorities, including Shepardizing and KeyCiting samples of legal writing, such as letters, a court brief, and a legal memorandum This timely revision contains much new material: completely revised text reflects the changing nature of legal publishing to help students learn how to navigate through cyberspace, a section at the end of each chapter, State Your Answer, now offers additional questions relating To The materials discussed. These questions require students to access relevant internet sites and local information, and can be made state-specific. a new feature, The Final Wrap Up, provides practical and pragmatic information on citing and using various research resources and advises students on when to use a certain set and whether it may be cited in various legal documents Practice Tips now appear in each chapter, offering realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success expanded and updated Legal Citation chapter with more coverage of the ALWD citation manual. The examples of citation form given at the end of each chapter display citations in both Bluebook and ALWD form. Coverage is updated to the new (18th) edition of the Bluebook. Please visit the new companion website to learn more about this book. Website: http://www.aspenlawschool.com/bouchoux_legalresearch4
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Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy in Trial and Appellate Courts

Author: Michael R. Fontham,Michael Vitiello

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454828862

Category: Law

Page: 460

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While focused on the appellate setting, Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy is applicable to all legal writing and speaking, and includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other situations. Students are given a clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument, from the selection of a main theme, to the employment of research, language, and speaking skills that achieve a clear, persuasive legal message. Step-by-step, they learn to organize, prepare, and present winning written and oral arguments. Detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice shows how important it is to consider the judge’s time and perspective when preparing an argument. Concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file are liberally spread throughout the text along with extensive advice for editing Sophisticated, realistic litigation problems in the accompanying Case Files help put principles in practice and allow instructors a great deal of flexibility. Technological developments are explored, including electronic filing, video conference oral arguments, and electronic research. The revised Third Edition presents updated and expanded information on electronic filings as well as rule updates, especially local rule issues, and an updated, two-color design. Features: clear and practical guide to legal writing and oral argument the selection of a main message or theme employment of research, language, and speaking skills achieving a clear, persuasive legal message content is applicable to all legal writing and speaking includes practical guidance for advocacy in federal courts, trial courts, and other settings step-by-step guide to organizing, preparing, and presenting winning written and oral arguments detailed coverage of trial motion practice as well as appellate practice emphasizes consideration of the judge's time and perspective when preparing arguments liberal use of concrete examples based on a hypothetical case file, with extensive advice for editing accompanied by Case Files help put in practice the principles advocated throughout the text sophisticated, realistic litigation problems designed to allow instructors flexibility features technological developments--electronic filing, video conference, oral arguments, electronic research sections on harmless error, changes to Rule 32, and the status of unpublished opinions The revised Third Edition presents: updated and expanded information on electronic filings rule updates, especially local rule issues updated, two-color design
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Chinese Democracy

Author: Andrew J. Nathan

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520059337

Category: History

Page: 313

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What do the Chinese mean when they say that their political systems is "democratic"? With recent improvements in relations between China and the West, this question is basic to an understanding of the Chinese people in their state. In Chinese Democracy, Andrew Nathan investigates in depth the nature and meaning of "democracy" in China today, beginning with a vivid history of the short-lived Democracy Movement of 1978-1981, when groups of young people in a number of Chinese cities started issuing outspoken publications and putting up posters detailing their complaints and opinions. Nathan constructs--for the first time--a poignant picture of this burst of liberal activity, and at the same time he shows how distinctly Chinese it was and how the roots of its failure lay as much in history as in current political necessity. readers of this book will gain a new perspective on the nature of democracy as the Chinese practice it.
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Legal Research

Author: William Putman

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1428357017

Category: Law

Page: 480

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LEGAL RESEARCH, 2ND EDITION is one of the few texts that focuses entirely on legal research and how to conduct legal research in an efficient manner to avoid wasted time and duplication of effort. Intended for use in research classes, the student is provided with an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal research. The text covers the operation of the elements of these fundamentals in the research process and the manner in which the process guides and assists the student in the performance of a research assignment. Each chapter includes examples of every concept and principle discussed and a hypothetical fact situation in which the application of the concepts and principles is illustrated. The text includes valuable chapters describing how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, their importance and use, and the significant role of issue identification and its elements. A large portion of the text provides in-depth coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format and case law analysis. In the last chapter of the text, the author has included a beneficial discussion of what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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The Process of Legal Research

Practices and Resources

Author: Deborah A. Schmedemann,Ann L. Bateson,Mehmet Konar-Steenberg

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454876123

Category: Law

Page: 368

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A long-time best-selling comprehensive text for basic legal research, The Process of Legal Research: Practices and Resources, 9E melds a rich discussion of legal authorities with a presentation of strategic processes for researching using the vast array of resources now available to the legal researcher. With readability in mind, The Process of Legal Research is written to engage various learners through streamlined text, graphics, in-text scenarios that draw on first-year topics, sample documents, and self-assessment questions. Covering sources from dictionaries to international and tribal law, and presenting and repeatedly demonstrating ten practices that distinguish skilled researchers, the book zeroes in on current, credible, cost-efficient options for each type of legal authority. To maximize students comprehension, the chapters conclude with a research scenario paired with questions for guided practice as well as a theoretical question to prompt class discussion.
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Legal Research Guide: Patterns and Practice

Author: Bonita K. Roberts,Linda L. Schlueter

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 0327174579

Category: Law

Page: 164

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Legal Research Guide: Patterns and Practice has been popular with both law students, attorneys, and other researchers. The new edition continues its rich tradition and leader as a practical guide to the research process and the checklist approach. This marks the 25th Anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Legal Research Guide: Patterns and Practice in 1986. In this Sixth Edition, a new chapter explains the interrelationship of manual and electronic research. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. To do legal research accurately, quickly, and efficiently, the researcher must have a basic understanding of each method. Each is an important component and is best suited to certain types of information. Even with advances in electronic research, the authors believe that it is important to understand the manual research process and that some research can still be done more efficiently or completely through manual research due to the time and substance restrictions in databases.
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International and Foreign Legal Research

A Coursebook

Author: Marci Hoffman,Mary Rumsey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 1571051864

Category: International law

Page: 342

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International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook emphasizes legal research strategies applicable across the landscape of research sources. Topics covered in the book range from a general chapter on basic concepts to five chapters on particular subjects of international law. Each major aspect of research, such as using periodical indexes, is treated once in depth. Elsewhere in the book, other sections refer readers to that in-depth treatment, while adding information specific to the topic being discussed. A companion website is also made available to help users of the book stay up-to-date on new sources and strategies.
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An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research

Author: Lee Epstein,Andrew D. Martin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191646555

Category: Law

Page: 300

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Is the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge's gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching. In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminal law and environmental infringement. In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law. As empirical methods impact on traditional legal scholarship and practice, new forms of education are needed for today's lawyers. All lawyers asked to present or assess empirical arguments need to understand the fundamental principles of social science methodology that underpin sound empirical research. An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research introduces that methodology in a legal context, explaining how empirical analysis can inform legal arguments; how lawyers can set about framing empirical questions, conducting empirical research, analysing data, and presenting or evaluating the results. The fundamentals of understanding quantitative and qualitative data, statistical models, and the structure of empirical arguments are explained in a way accessible to lawyers with or without formal training in statistics. Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal analysis, drawing on years of experience in training lawyers in empirical methods, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research will be an invaluable primer for all students, academics, or practising lawyers coming to empirical research - whether they are embarking themselves on an empirical research project, or engaging with empirical arguments in their field of study, research, or practice.
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Foundations of Legal Research and Writing

Author: Carol M. Bast,Margie A. Hawkins

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 128540260X

Category: Law

Page: 624

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FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING, Fifth Edition is the ideal resource for paralegals. The book's up-to-the-minute coverage tackles the ever-evolving areas of computer-assisted research and Cyber law, in addition to traditional legal research, analysis, and writing. Extensive research chapters address primary and secondary sources, citating, Lexis/Nexis, the Internet, and more, while writing sections center on drafting client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Every chapter gives you practice writing opportunities, as well as traditional and computer-assisted research assignments to help develop your skills. Detailed case excerpts, samples, tips, and discussions further support the assignments, and illustrate the many perils of inadequate research and poor legal writing. Readers everywhere agree that FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING, Fifth Edition delivers the concepts you need for success in the most demanding law firms and legal departments today. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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