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The Study of Law: A Critical Thinking Approach, Fourth Edition

Katherine A. Currier, Thomas E. Eimermann


  • ISBN: 9781454852223

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    The latest edition of The Study of Law: A Critical Thinking Approach offers a comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts covered in a typical introduction to law course. A critical thinking approach is used to introduce students to the study of law, encouraging students to interact with the materials through hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions.  The text is divided into two parts, reflecting the topics addressed in an introductory course.  Part I,  Introduction to the Legal System, introduces students to the sources and classification of law, the structure of the court system, and an overview of litigation.  Part II:  Basic Legal Concepts, covers the basics of analysis and interpretation of the law, followed by chapters on substantive law.

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    Page Count 702
    Published 09/11/2015
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    Summary of Contents

    Table of Contents   
    List of Illustrations
    Chapter 1. Introduction to the Study of Law    
    Chapter 2. Functions and Sources of Law    
    Chapter 3. Classification of the Law    
    Chapter 4. The Court System and the Role of Judges    
    Chapter 5. Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives    
    Chapter 6. Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties    
    Chapter 7. Torts    
    Chapter 8. Contract Law    
    Chapter 9. Property and Estate Law    
    Chapter 10. Laws Affecting Business    
    Chapter 11. Family Law    
    Chapter 12. Criminal Law
    Chapter 13. Criminal Procedure    
    Chapter 14. Ethical Dilemmas Facing Attorneys    

    Appendix A. The Constitution of the United States    
    Appendix B. NetNotes    

    Table of Cases    

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    Thomas E. Eimermann

    Thomas E. Eimermann is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University where he started their paralegal program in 1976 and served as its Director until 2004. During those years he taught the Introduction to Paralegal Studies and the Legal Research and Writing courses as well as constitutional law and administrative law.

    Professor Eimermann was a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education’s Board of Directors from 1986–1993 and served as president of that organization in 1991–1992. He has also served in the Certification Board and Specialty Task Force of the National Association of Legal Assistants; as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services; and as a member of the Hearing Board, the Inquiry Board, and the Oversight Committee of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. As a consultant for the Illinois Department of Corrections, he designed their Uniform Law Clerk Training Program.

    In addition to the three paralegal texts he has coauthored with Professor Currier, Professor Eimermann’s publications also include Fundamentals of Paralegalism, Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure (coauthored with Thomas McClure), and journal articles on paralegals, jury behavior, and free speech issues. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at North Central College. He went on to receive an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign campus.

    Professors Currier and Eimermann have also authored Introduction to Paralegal Studies: A Critical Thinking Approach, and The Study of Law: A Critical Thinking Approach.

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    Katherine A. Currier

    Katherine A. Currier, J.D., served as the Elms College Paralegal and Legal Studies program director for many years. Currently, she coordinates the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. She has developed and taught many lawrelated courses, including Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing; Introduction to Legal Studies I and II; Law Office Computer Literacy; Law Office Applications; Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating; and Law and Literature. In addition to the three texts she has coauthored with Professor Eimermann, Professor Currier has publications in the areas of legal ethics as applied to paralegals and law office computing.

    Professor Currier is actively involved in the development of undergraduate legal education at both the regional and the national levels, particularly through her work with the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Approval Commission on Paralegals. Professor Currier has served on the national board of AAfPE, first as its parliamentarian and then later as the elected representative of four-year
    paralegal programs. She served many years as the AAfPE publications chair, charged with the final responsibility for overseeing the Journal of Paralegal Education and Practice and The Educator. Professor Currier frequently speaks at both the AAfPE Northeast regional meetings and the annual AAfPE conferences on topics as diverse as the use of computer shareware, paralegals and the unauthorized practice of law, creative teaching techniques, and conducting legal research on the Internet. Professor Currier also chaired the American Bar Association Approval Commission on Paralegals, the body charged with conducting site visits of paralegal programs that are seeking their initial ABA approval or reapproval. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in business education.

    Prior to teaching at Elms College, Professor Currier taught at Suffolk Law School and Western New England College School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. in Political Science from Carelton College, with her M.A. in Political Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and with her J.D. from Northeastern University Law School.

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