Legal Terminology (5th Edition)

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9780131568044: Legal Terminology (5th Edition)

A huge amount of legal information is contained within this compact and orderly book. All legal terms are easy-to-find and up-to-date, and the book includes definitions, pronunciation, and easily understood explanations. Structured into short, easily digested chapters, Legal Terminology presents the fundamentals of the principal areas of the law, including: terms used in criminal law, tort law, contract law, personal property and agency law, practice and procedure law, will and estate law, trust law, family law, law of negotiable instruments, and business organization law. An excellent reference work for lawyers, legal secretaries, paralegals, legal assistants, and court personnel.

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GORDON W. BROWN studied law to become and more knowledgeable teacher with expertise in the legal field.  He attended Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, at night for four years, while teaching during the day.  After law school, he became a member of the Massachusetts Bar and took a position as a professor at North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA, where he taught for the next 30 years.  Before ending his 38 year teaching career, he taught business, secretarial, and paralegal subjects at Pepperell High School, Pepperell, MA; Endicott College, Beverly, MA; and North Shore Community College.  In addition to teaching, he also opened a law office in Beverly, MA, and enjoyed a full-time career of practicing law, writing textbooks, and being a husband to his wife, Jane.  He is also the father of 6 very special children, and has 12 grandchildren.  In 1998, Mr. Brown was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award from his alma mater, Salem State College.  Currently, Mr. Brown continues to be a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Bars.

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Legal Terminology, Fourth Edition, is written with the best interests of the student in mind. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of legal terminology through the study of law itself and on using legal terminology in many different ways rather than relying solely on learning through rote memory. Short, easy-to-understand chapters written in a manner designed to capture student interest continue to be a highlight of the text. The law with its unique terminology is presented in short segments, followed by many activities that enable students to work with scores of legal terms and concepts. At the end of each chapter, students answer questions about the subject matter in a section entitled "Reviewing What you Learned." A segment called "Understanding Legal Concepts" allows students to check their understanding of legal theory. Next, students confirm their knowledge by completing a "Checking Terminology" assignment, followed by a project in "Using Legal Language." Finally, for reinforcement, students puzzle over what they learned by completing a crossword brainteaser.

New Features

In addition to keeping abreast of changes in the law, this edition of Legal Terminology has many new features. Each chapter begins with a question intended to whet the students' appetite by testing them on the meaning of a legal term or concept before they study the chapter. The list of key terms that begins each chapter now includes the phonetic pronunciations of many terms. Similarly, the comprehensive "Glossary of Legal Terms" at the end of the text includes the same phonetic pronunciations. A new feature called "Web Wise" has been added to assist students with Internet research, and eye-catching etchings from the Library of Congress supplement Wiley's Non Sequitur cartoons to help spark student interest.

The number of legal terms presented in this edition exceeds 1,400. Newly discussed topics include the stop and frisk rule, the castle doctrine, e-signature, e-commerce, DNA evidence, the ripeness doctrine, plenary jurisdiction, medical directives and health care declarations, slayer statutes, simultaneous death rules, incorporation by reference, degrees of kindred, homestead laws, the gift tax, moiety, usufruct, and covenant marriage.

Teaching and Learning Resources

The Legal Terminology program is supported by an online course materials available through www.prenhall.com/legal-studies. This web site contains information relevant to all areas of law. Features include:

Legal Series Newsletter
Keep up with the trends in the legal profession. New cases, changing laws, and industry trends affect a paralegal's research and decision-making process.

Legal Resources
There are many resources available in the legal field that will assist you with your legal studies. We offer several options to help you begin your search to find additional information.

Ask the Expert
Talk with REAL PEOPLE about the Legal Field.

Study Hall
Provides tools for student use in getting through legal coursework as well as specific practice and materials related to the curriculum.

Educators Consortium
This section is just for instructors and is access code protected.

The Instructor's Manual includes a complete test bank and furnishes the answers to all chapter questions and end-of-chapter exercises.

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