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Advanced Research and Writing About What You Find for Paralegals

Content Partner:  National Federation of Paralegal Associations
Price: $60.00*
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Description: Legal research and writing skills are critical in any law practice. Currently, 31% of paralegals report conducting legal research on at least a weekly basis. Additionally, 88% of working paralegals who have been employed as paralegals for more than five years report an increase in work that involves independent judgment, and 68% report an increase in the level of sophistication of the work. These statistics indicate that lawyers may be recognizing and utilizing the skills of professional paralegals to a greater extent than ever before; they certainly indicate that lawyers make use of the critical thinking and analytic expertise of paralegals when these skills are apparent and available. The two legal research seminars described below are designed to help paralegals utilize a variety of legal research tools and methodologies, to understand and analyze what they find, and to communicate these findings effectively to third parties.

This program will assist paralegals in performing more advanced and sophisticated research through technology and will touch on some particular areas of advanced research such as regulatory research and legislative updating and history. A key element of this session will be introducing paralegals to the community of legal discourse through the discussion of how and why to analyze cases and statutes and how to summarize research findings and conclusions through writing a legal memorandum. In her discussion of writing the legal memorandum, Professor Flaherty will explain the IRAC method of legal analytic organization and her alternative to IRAC, the TRAAC method.

Practice Areas: Constitutional Law, Legal Drafting, Legal Research, Practice Skills, Privacy, Search & Seizure
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 03/27/2003
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 23 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Mary M. Flaherty, J.D. - Associate Professor, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
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