The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach,
6th Edition

James W. H. McCord, J.D., Pamela Tepper

ISBN-13: 9781285857152 | ISBN-10: 1285857151

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 608 pages

List Price USD $199.95


Succeed in your course and prepare for your paralegal career with THE LITIGATION PARALEGAL: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, SIXTH EDITION. Combining theories and principles of law with practical skills, this engaging, highly visual text includes numerous forms, checklists, and online resources in the context of the law office. The book covers the latest electronic discovery issues and the associated ethical and practical responsibilities of the paralegal. It also includes a wide range of new and updated cases, practical tips, assignments, key terms, and study questions to help you master the content.

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James McCord is an experienced trial attorney in criminal law, professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the Wisconsin and Kentucky Bar Associations. A frequent speaker at legal conferences, he is the author of several books and articles on the paralegal profession and practice. Professor McCord is a past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education, a former member of the American Bar Association Legal Assistant Program Approval Commission, and included in "Who's Who in Law."

Pamela R. Tepper is presently the Solicitor General of the Virgin Islands. She manages the Solicitor General Division of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, which focuses on appeals, contracts, habeas corpus challenges and employment issues. She formerly served as the Deputy Solicitor General of this department, where she managed the section’s contracts, appeals and special projects. From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Tepper was the Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. For more than 20 years, Ms. Tepper has taught in several paralegal programs, including the Southeastern Paralegal Institute and Southern Methodist University programs in Dallas, Texas; The University of Texas, Arlington; and the University of the Virgin Islands. In addition to this textbook, Ms. Tepper has authored THE LAW OF CONTRACTS AND THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE, BASIC LEGAL WRITING FOR PARALEGALS, LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING and TEXAS LEGAL RESEARCH. She has also co-authored THE LITGATION PARALEGAL. Ms. Tepper graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A and earned her J.D. at New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and the Virgin Islands. She also practices in the Virgin Islands District Court and Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

  • A case study is now followed through the litigation process in the “Case Assignments” section, enhancing critical thinking skills and the practical application of chapter concepts.
  • Two new Internet-based features (“Apply Your Knowledge” and “Internet Exercises”) assist students in building critical thinking skills by asking them to apply principles and concepts to real-world situations.
  • “Technology Updates” examine various types of technology and Internet sites used in the litigation process.
  • “Ethical Considerations” provide guidance on the ethical standards required of paralegals and attorneys.
  • “Trade Secrets” focus on practical tips that a paralegal can apply in the workplace.
  • New analysis problems, study/review questions and internet applications enhance learning and retention of new text material, while new chapter-opening learning objectives provide a framework for the terms and concepts introduced in the chapter.
  • Clear and concise presentation of concepts and practice skills promotes quicker comprehension and easier application of subject matter.
  • Realistic case scenarios and assignments that simulate the law office setting stimulate student interest and motivation. These case scenarios are reemphasized in the “Case Assignment” sections, the systems folder assignments, and the applications assignments at the end of each chapter.
  • References to key court decisions and examination of pertinent rules of law, evidence, and procedures enhance student understanding of the importance of legal authority and policies.
  • The “Case Study: Understanding the Law” feature provides cases to review and analyze, giving students practice in reviewing the same kinds of cases they would review and research in a law office or other legal setting.

Table of Contents

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1. Welcome to the Law Office: Foundations for Litigation.
2. The Initial Interview.
3. Evidence and Investigation.
4. Drafting the Complaint.
5. Filing the Lawsuit, Service of Process, and Obtaining a Default Judgment.
6. Defending and Testing the Lawsuit: Motions, Answers, and Other.
7. Discovery and Electronic Discovery: Overview and Interrogatories.
8. Discovery: Depositions.
9. Discovery: Document Production and Control, Medical Exams, Admissions.
10. Settlement and Other Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
11. Trial Preparation and Trial.
12. Post-Trial Practice from Motions to Appeal.

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