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Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, fourth edition, makes the paralegal field come alive for the student. It uses real-world examples, offering practical application of each concept discussed, and further enhances this focus with hands-on activities throughout. The text gives the student a thorough introduction to not only the legal system in general, but to specific areas of the law and the paralegal's integral role as a member of the legal team. The student gains a comprehensive understanding of the laws in our society, the importance of ethical and professional responsibility, and the skills needed to thrive in this environment. Technology features, including spotlights on how technology is changing litigation, legal research, and overall office management, convey the importance of developing strong skills in this area. "Paralegal Profiles" and "Featured Guests" bring a personal touch to the material - as students learn how professionals truly work in each area of the law and how each skill directly translates on-the-job. Ethical dilemmas challenge the students to further understand their professional duties and critical thinking questions provide an opportunity to sharpen their proficiency. In this way, paralegal students learn not only about the substantive areas of the law, but how to excel as a professional in each one.
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Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been on the staff of a number of universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami, School of Law where he taught, among other subjects, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has published in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT & CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.Review:
"Depth of coverage. The material is covered thoroughly and in an easy to understand manner. This is a great strength of a textbook used in an introductory course. Topics covered. The text covers almost every conceivable topic that can be taught in an introductory paralegal course. This provides the instructor with options for coverage in a classroom. The assignments. There is a variety of assignments at the end of the chapter. This provides the instructor with multiple opportunities to assess learning and to reinforce the material covered."
"Excellent format. The use of additional features, such as technology, ethics, developing skills and practice focus give students a real-life look at the types of tasks that will take place in an actual paralegal position. Significant number of "hands-on" activities. These are so important in training paralegals to be successful in this career field. All of our paralegal programs focus on hands-on assignments throughout the curriculum. New ways to apply legal concepts in an applied learning format significantly enhances this text. Large number of teaching supplements."
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