Legal Research
How to Find & Understand the Law

by Attorneys Stephen R. Elias & Susan Levinkind


For just about any important legal case taken on by an attorney, legal research must be conducted. Many lawyers hate to do this type of work and many consumers don't want to pay lawyer fees to do it. Independent legal research services are emerging as an American trend. This all new edition of legal research covers everything you'll want to know from using a law library to using different computer searches.Excellent for anyone searching for information in a real or virtual law library (including paralegals, law students, legal assistants and journalists), Legal Research outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results. In plain, readable English, Attorneys Elias and Levinkind explain, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to:

Read and understand statues, regulations and cases
Eevaluate cases for their value as precedent
U se all the basic tools of legal research

Practice what you've learned with "hands-on, feet-in" library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems and solutions. This easy-to-use and understand book, now in its 10th edition, has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs.

Table of Contents

1. How to Use This Book
2. An Overview of Legal Research
3. An Overview of the Law
4. Putting Your Questions Into Legal Categories
5. Getting Some Background Information
6. Constitutions, Statutes, Regulations and Ordinances
7. Understanding Case Law
8. How Cases Are Published
9. Finding Cases
10. Shepard’s and Digests: Expand and Update Your Research
11. How to Write a Legal Memorandum
12. The Legal Research Method: Examples
13. Legal Research Online
Appendix A: Research Hypotheticals
Appendix B: Research Hypotheticals and Memoranda


What Others Are Saying:
Getting around the law library can be easy—if you just know where to look—
and Legal Research is the place to begin.

Library Journal

This book remains the best single the mysterious world of legal research.
Robert C. Berring, Law Librarian, University of California, Berkeley

The simplest, most concise and articulate description of the legal research process available.
Legal Research does a great job of cutting to the chase.

Tom Holm, Director, Lawyering Skills Clinical Program, UCLA School of Law

Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law
by Attorneys Stephen R. Elias & Susan Levinkind
10th Edition,, 320 pp. $34.95




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