Hatch, Scott A., Hatch, Lisa Zimmer
Paralegal Career for Dummies
A guide to the basics of becoming a paralegal, from getting certified to landing a job, in a book with sample memos, forms, and legal documents on a compact disc.
Part I: A Snapshot of the Exciting and Lucrative Paralegal Profession.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Paralegal Profession.
Chapter 2: Membership Has Its Privileges: Paralegal Associations and Their Certification Exams.
Chapter 3: The Hunt Is On: Securing a Paralegal Position.
Part II: Important Legal Concepts Every Paralegal Should Know.
Chapter 4: All Rise : The American Judicial System.
Chapter 5: The Big Three: Categories of Law.
Chapter 6: Taking a Case to Trial: The Litigation Process.
Chapter 7: How It s Done: Important Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence.
Chapter 8: Because I Said So: The Categories of Legal Authority.
Chapter 9: The Substantive Law Areas Most Commonly Practiced by Paralegals.
Part III: Putting It into Practice: The Paralegal in the Civil Litigation Process.
Chapter 10: The Paper Chase: Preparing Documents.
Chapter 11: Elementary My Dear Watson: Legal Investigation.
Chapter 12: Chewing the Fat: Legal Interviewing.
Chapter 13: Burning the Midnight Oil: Legal Research.
Chapter 14: Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Trial Performance.
Chapter 15: The Official Word: Ethical Codes for Legal Professionals.
Part IV: Skills Paralegals Need to Soar Ahead.
Chapter 16: Write On: Presenting a Clear, Concise Legal Writing Style.
Chapter 17: The Latest Thing: Using Technology in Law.
Chapter 18: Law Office Management 101.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: The Ten Most Important Rules of Ethics.
Chapter 20: Ten Things Every Paralegal Should Know.
Chapter 21: Ten Survival Tips to Thrive in the Legal Environment.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Glossary of Important Legal Terms: A Mini Legal Dictionary.
Appendix B: About the CD.