Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law
by Stephen Elias & Susan Levinkind
With a little help from the experts, you will learn what's in a law library and how to use it, how to seek and understand statutes, regulations, and cases, how to explore online resources, practice your legal skills in the library, and even write a reputable legal memorandum.
Attorneys Elias and Levinkind provide you with step-by-step instructions and show you how to read and understand statues, regulations and cases, and how to evaluate cases for their value as precedent. With examples and instructions, they teach you how to use all the basic tools of legal research. They also provide you with in-library exercises and hypothetical research problems and solutions.
The authors' sensible approach takes the fear out of entering a law library. By helping you formulate your legal questions (is the issue federal or state, civil or criminal, procedural or substantive?), narrowing your focus through legal indexes, and pursuing the appropriate resources, statutory laws, and relevant cases, the authors bring clarity and structure to the task.
The text is approachable and easy to read. Nolo is famous for stripping the law of its daunting armor and making it accessible to the interested layperson. It's a great boon to those who want to check out the law for themselves.
Excellent book for paralegals, law students, legal assistants, journalists and anyone who wants to find information in a real or virtual law library. "Legal Research" provides a systematic method to find answers and get results.
Includes information on how to conduct specific legal inquiries on the Internet.
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