The new edition of Maerowitz and Mauet's Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals gives students a complete explanation of California specific litigation. Clearly written with the student in mind, the text makes the material accessible while the accompanying workbook and forms put theory into practice. These features make this text an appealing choice: * offers a complete understanding of the litigation process from the time the client walks into the office through trial and post-judgment, including settlements and alternative forms of resolutions * balanced approach neither oversimplifies the litigation process, nor clouds the educational course with excessive information * pedagogical aids such as bold-faced terms defined in the glossary; examples; charts and checklists; sample documents; chapter overviews and summaries; and review questions are featured throughout the text * tailored to the California rules with each chapter referencing the specific California statute where more information can be found, and California forms included throughout * provides opportunities for the instructor to pick and choose which areas to emphasize * a workbook on CD accompanies the text and includes five case scenarios based on California law along with associated Judicial Council forms to be used as practical exercises * Instructor's Manual provides answers to the questions posed in the workbook and book, as well as a test bank of questions that include true-false, short answer and essay questions so that the instructor can choose the type of test to give. Projects for research and writing, sample forms, and suggested course outlines are also included Changes to the Third Edition include: * chapters on motions and discovery tools have been broken down into separate sections so that they are both easier for the student to understand and digest, and easier for the instructor to teach * depositions, interrogatories, and document production have been included and demurrers, motions to strike, and summary judgment have been broken out into separate sections * more information included on litigation management systems and how to use such systems to index and retrieve documents in large cases * reflects most recent changes in the California rules This student-friendly text offers a teachable approach to the subject of California litigation. the content is neither oversimplified nor saturated with excess information which allows for a smooth introduction. Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals, Third Edition offers a complete understanding of the litigation process, allowing students to walk away with a firm understanding of the complete picture.
This comprehensive, flexible, step-by-step text covers all stages of the litigation process for paralegals -- from initial fact-gathering, through all the pretrial steps, to post-judgment proceedings. Students will find chapter coverage to include: Introduction to Litigation; Informal Fact gathering and Investigation; Case Evaluation and Strategy; Parties and Jurisdiction; Pleadings; Law and Motions; Motion Practice; Provisional Remedies; Evidence; Discovery; Settlements; Trial Preparation, Trial, and Appeal; Enforcements of Judgements; and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Of Special Interest: -- to make the book more accessible, each chapter includes: -- chapter objectives and introductions -- numerous examples, charts, lists, and sample documents -- key terms highlighted in the text -- review questions -- the book provides easy-to-follow steps and explains the process so that students are not just following the rules but are also understanding what the rules mean. -- the accompanying workbook disk offers a flexible way to integrate practical applications into the litigation course. Features of the Third Edition: -- using the Internet for fact-gathering, locating witnesses and finding other information has been integrated into the text. -- material on using computers in the law office has been expanded and updated. -- alternative Dispute Resolution section has been expanded and updated. -- the material found on the workbook disk has been extensively revised to include using computers to complete assignments and store information, more self-study problems and assignments, and a more readable format and design.
A proven success in hundreds of classrooms nationwide, Maerowitz and Mauet's introduction to litigation features greater flexibility than the other leading texts. It covers every step of the litigation process in depth, from the moment the client walks in the door to final settlements - yet never burdens students with needless details and digressions. the writing is friendly and intelligent - with a unique ability to clarify the reasoning behind legal procedures. the pedagogy is expertly crafted for paralegal courses, especially the case materials. They include examples and documents in the text itself, along with a complete litigation file in the appendix, and six separate case scenarios in the accompanying electronic workbook. the quality and variety of the case materials allow you to teach as you wish, rather than locking you into a single case or running scenario.One of the Most Successful Litigation Texts Ever...A complete introduction to the litigation process... covering the basic rules of litigation; investigation, case strategies and planning; pretrial steps, from pleadings to discovery; settlements, trial preparation, judgments, and alternative resolutions.An ideal balance of clarity and depth... with a brisk pace, yet sufficient detail for substantive courses and subsequent use as an academic or professional reference.Highly effective learning features... including examples, charts, checklists, overviews, review questions, and sample documents - without the cluttered pedagogy found in some texts.A litigation file appendix... providing case materials for each stage of litigation, from pleadings to settlements - designed for flexible use with chapter topics as needed.Electronic workbook with cases... includes new self-study aids and case materials, including six different case scenarios for assignments, exercises, and classroom case studies.Now Thoroughly Updated for Your 2003 Courses....The most current coverage available... with the latest rules, procedures, examples, and references, including recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil ProceduresNew electronic and web resources... with expanded information on computer and online tools for research, case preparation, and every stage of the litigation process
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