The Paralegal Professional Essentials

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9780136151289: The Paralegal Professional Essentials

For courses in Paralegal (Introduction), Legal Concepts for Paralegals

The Paralegal Professional Essentials, 2nd edition is a brief version of The Paralegal Professional, 2e.  The essentials version contains the first 11 chapters of the full version text.  There are nine additional chapters of substantive law in the full version.



Written by an award-winning author team, The Paralegal Professional 2e builds a solid foundation in substantive and procedural legal knowledge while developing the real-world skills students will need throughout their course of study. A proven learning system incorporates chapter opening vignettes, margin definitions, notes on ethical issues, advice from the field features, and a wealth of new end of chapter exercises case materials that will help students build critical thinking and procedural skills throughout the course. In response to instructor feedback the 2nd edition has been reorganized into three parts.  Part 1 introduces students to the paralegal profession and includes complete chapters on ethics and on technology in the law office. Part 2 covers paralegal skills and procedures.  New to this edition is the Paralegal Professional Video Classroom Series which includes 35 scenario-based video clips dealing with getting-a-job, ethics, and paralegal practice situations that allow you to bring the real-world into the classroom.

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About the Author:

Henry R. Cheeseman is an award-winning author of several business law textbooks published by Prentice Hall Publishing, including the definitive, highly-regarded Business Law.  Other textbooks published by Professor Cheeseman by Prentice Hall Publishing are Contemporary Business and Online Commerce Law, The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce, Essential of Business and Online Commerce, and Introduction to Law.  He has earned six degrees, including a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law, an LLM degree from Boston University, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Professor Cheeseman is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of Legal Studies at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Students there voted him the best teacher of the year on many occasions, earning him the “Golden Apple” Teacher Award. Professor Cheeseman has also served at the Center for Excellence in Teaching at the University.  Professor Cheeseman recognizes the importance of the paralegal to the practice of law, and has co-authored this new and exciting edition of The Paralegal Professional.


Thomas F. Goldman is a Professor of Law and Management, Former Director of the Center for Legal Studies and of the Paralegal Studies Program at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. An accounting and eco­nomics graduate of Boston University and of Temple University School of Law, Professor Goldman has an active international law, technology law, and litigation practice. He has worked extensively with paralegals and received the award of the Legal Support Staff Guild. He was elected the Legal Secre­taries Association Boss of the Year for his contribution to cooperative educa­tion by encouraging the use of paralegals and legal assistants in law offices. He also received the Bucks County Community College Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award. He has been an educational consultant on technology to major corporations and a frequent speaker and lecturer on educa­tional, legal, and technology issues. Appointed to the American Association for Paralegal Education Board of Directors in October 2005, he served as the Chair of the Technology Task Force initiating the Train the Trainer program, he was elected President elect of the Association in 2006.

From the Back Cover:

Written by an award-winning author team, The Paralegal Professional: Essentials provides a solid introduction to the paralegal profession. Students gain procedural legal knowledge in the real-world skills they need to succeed. The fully up-to-date and extensive coverage of law office technology, legal and business ethics, international perspectives, and diversity prepares students for today's work environment.


This critical combination includes

  • Numerous examples of both Brief and Full Cases
  • Integrated coverage of Diversity
  • Ethics guidelines for action
  • Legal applications for Technology tools in the law office

Concepts are presented in a manner appealing to both new and returning students.

  • The presentation of both Legal and Business Ethics demonstrates the connection between two worlds.
  • Ethics Questions in every chapter provide the opportunity to strengthen reasoning.
  • Contemporary Perspective boxes include Articles, Interviews, and Essays about the critical issues that impact careers.
  • Appendices offer guidelines for Case Briefing and for Ethical Obligations.

Every feature of the book is designed for a briefer course of study.

  • Marginal references to related Websites
  • Checklists for Career Guidance and for Procedures
  • Internal guide on Latin Terms

The entire program is backed by digital and print course supplements that support distance learning and lifelong skills. These include a complete Online Course and a time-limited version of LexBrief legal briefing software and the Lexiverse Legal Dictionary.

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