Foundations of Legal Research and Writing 5th Edition
Carol M. Bast, J.D. | Margie A. Hawkins
ISBN-13: 9781133278290 | ISBN-10: 1133278299
© 2013 | Published |  624  Pages
Previous Editions: 9781435413382

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FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING, Fifth Edition is the ideal resource for the legal research and writing course in paralegal studies. 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 ends with practice writing opportunities , as well as traditional and computer-assisted research assignments to help readers develop working skills. Detailed case excerpts, samples, tips, and discussions further support the assignments, and illustrate the perils of inadequate research and poor legal writing.



  • 1. Law and Sources of Law.
    2. Legal Reasoning and Analysis.
    3. Secondary Sources and Finding Tools.
    4. The Judicial Branch and Cases.
    5. Primary Sources: Constitutions, Statutes, Court Rules, and Administrative Law.
    6. Citators.
    7. Overview of the Research Process and Ethical Considerations.
    8. Computer-Assisted Legal Research.
    9. Introduction to Legal Writing.
    10. Fundamentals of Writing.
    11.Transmittal Letter, Client Opinion Letter, and E-Mail Correspondence.
    12. Pleadings.
    13. Law Office Memo.
    14. Memorandum of Law.
    15. Appellate Brief.
    Appendices.

    • The updated appendices provide supplemental information on a variety of legal subjects—from Mechanical Errors and Citation Rules to Technology and Web resources— making it a great reference for the classroom and beyond.
    • The "Research Tip," "Legal Analysis Tip," "Writing Tip," and "You be the Judge" features throughout the text highlight important advice and procedures.
    • The text examines legal research, analysis, and writing from the working paralegal's perspective, and uses a hands-on approach to teach the skills readers need for successful careers.
    • Written for the reader with little or no legal experience, the book delivers topics using a conversational tone that easily draws students into the material.
    • Intriguing examples of actual situations where inadequate research and writing caused professional problems helps readers identify hazards in the workplace—and avoid career-limiting mistakes.
    • Annotated sample documents include tips for writing more effectively, while building confidence through practice.
    • All-new material on electronic filing, discovery, the duty to prevent spoliation of evidence (and pertinent rule changes), and coverage of the H.I.P.A.A. standards helps students grasp the importance of relatively new practice areas.
    • Updates to the law, rules of procedure, evidence, ethics standards, and other legal foundations give students and instructors the latest information available.
    • Discussions of LexisNexis and Westlaw include added research tips and exhibits to deliver a better understanding of these well-used legal research tools. Updated examples of Internet legal research websites also show readers the importance of computer-assisted research in the practice of law today.
    • New and revised forms, task examples, Web resources, tables, and charts add depth to the material while helping readers decipher complex topics.
    • More analysis problems, study features, review questions, and Internet applications enhance the topics and help readers of all learning styles get ahead.
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  • Carol M. Bast is Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. She has won several professional awards, frequently presents at legal and academic conferences, and is an active member of the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects and the Legal Writing Institute. Her many published works include articles on legal research, legal writing, eavesdropping, and wiretapping, as well as Foundations of Law and Florida Courts, a textbook. Carol Bast earned an M.B.A. from University of Central Florida, a Ph.D. in Spanish from University of Florida, and a J.D. from the New York Law School.

    Margie Hawkins is a librarian with national law firm Holland & Knight LLP, and has expertise in computer-assisted legal research and the Internet. A member of the American Association of Law Libraries (A.A.L.L.) and the Orange County Bar Association, she also served on the Advisory Committee for the Valencia Community College Paralegal Studies Program for more than fourteen years. Ms. Hawkins received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Florida, and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honor society. She holds undergraduate degrees in History and Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.