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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 Education 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 Government 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 Competence Confidentiality 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 Timekeeping Billing 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? Marriage Termination of a Marriage Child Custody Child Support Alimony/Spousal Maintenance Distribution of marital property Paternity The role of the family law paralegal Chapter 13: Wills, Trusts, and Probate Probate and Non-probate Property The Law of Succession Wills Trusts Probate 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 Leases 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 Warranties 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 Partnerships Corporations 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? Pleadings Discovery E-Discovery 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
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Legal assistants -- United States.