Table of contents for The everything guide to being a paralegal / Steven W. Schneider.

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Chapter 1: What Is a Paralegal?
Why Consider Becoming a Paralegal?
Defining Paralegal
What Does a Paralegal Do?
Traits of Successful Paralegals
Paralegal Salary
Are Paralegals Regulated?
Chapter 2: The Right Paralegal Program
Types of Paralegal Education Programs
Which Program Is Right for You?
Practical Experience Opportunities
ABA Approval
AAfPE Affiliation
Selecting a Curriculum
Chapter 3: Paralegal Skills
What Makes a Successful Paralegal?
Writing Skills
Oral Communication Skills
Analytical Skills
Organizational Skills
Computer Skills
Other Valuable Characteristics
Chapter 4: Paralegal Career Options
Planning Your Paralegal Career
Tricks of the Trade
Applying for a Paralegal Position
Reaching Your Career Goals
Law Firms
Corporate Legal Departments
Banks and Insurance Companies
Title and Mortgage Companies
Self-employment Opportunities
Chapter 5: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
How Ethical Rules Affect Paralegal Practice
Regulation of the Legal Profession
Unauthorized Practice of Law
Conflicts of Interest
Fees and Fee Splitting
The Licensing Debate
Chapter 6: Working with Lawyers
The Paralegal Working Environment
Law Firm Management
Organization of a Law Office
Client Trust Accounts
Docket Control
File and Records Management
Chapter 7: The American Legal System
The Unique Sources of American Law
Constitutional law
Statutory Law
Administrative Law
Common Law
Chapter 8: The American Court System
Unique Structure of the American Court System
How the System Affects the Case
The Federal Court System
The State Court Systems
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Chapter 9: Choosing a Legal Specialty
Specialization: The Key to Job Security?
When to Decide
How to Decide
What Are the Options?
How Specialty Choice Affects Compensation
Predicting the Next Hot Specialty Area
Chapter 10: Criminal Law
Why Criminal Law?
The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Law
Types of Crimes
Crimes Committed on the Internet
Constitutional and Procedural Protections
Prosecution and Trial
The Paralegal's Role in a Criminal Case
Chapter 11: Torts and Product Liability
What Is Tort Law?
Intentional Torts
Negligence Torts
Torts Committed on the Internet
Strict Liability
Product Liability
The Paralegal's Role in a Tort Case
Chapter 12: Family Law
Why Family Law?
Termination of a Marriage
Child Custody
Child Support
Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
Distribution of marital property
The role of the family law paralegal
Chapter 13: Wills, Trusts, and Probate
Probate and Non-probate Property
The Law of Succession
The Role of the Wills, Trusts, and Probate Paralegal
Chapter 14: Real Property
Why Real Property Law?
Types of Rights
The Residential Real Property Transaction
The Commercial Real Property Transaction
The Role of the Real Property Paralegal
Chapter 15: Contracts and Commercial Transactions
Why Contract Law?
The Formation of a Contract
The Enforceability of a Contract
Contracts for the Sale of Goods
Performance of Contract Obligations
Remedies for Failing to Perform Contract Obligations
The Role of the Paralegal in a Contract Case
Chapter 16: Business Organizations
Why Business Organization Lw?
Sole Proprietorships
Limited Liability Entities
The Role of the Business Organizations Paralegal
Chapter 17: Investigation
Why Assign a Paralegal?
Defining the Goals of the Investigation
Types of Investigation
Investigation Resources
Important Investigative Qualities
Communicating Your Results
Chapter 18: Interviewing
Why Assign a Paralegal?
Types of Interviews
Defining the Goals of the Interview
Preparing for the Interview
Interviewing Clients
Interviewing Witnesses
Interviewing Experts
Communicating Your Results
Chapter 19: Legal Research
Why Assign a Paralegal?
Types of Legal Research
Sources of Legal Research
Computer-assisted Legal Research
Communicating Your Results
Chapter 20: Pre-trial Preparation
Why Assign a Paralegal?
Communicating Your Results
Chapter 21: Assistance at Trial
Why Assign a Paralegal?
Types of Trial Assistance
Exhibits and Documents
Pretrial Conference
Jury Selection
Trial Motions
Post-trial Matters
Appendix A: Paralegal Information on the Internet
Appendix B: Resources for Finding a Paralegal Program

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Legal assistants -- United States.