Criminal Procedure: An Introduction for Criminal Justice Professionals is a student-friendly, practical, and timely overview of the essential topics in the field. Designed with the student in mind, Neal R. Bevans brings his wealth of experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and author to this accessible textbook. With broad coverage that emphasizes how criminal procedure works in the real world, students will gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the law, as well as an understanding of how to apply what they have learned.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Now covering only criminal procedure, the text offers a focused introduction to the field.
  • Reorganized and expanded with new chapters on Constitutional Issues and Evidence and The Exclusionary Rule
  • Chapters on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments reorganized to improve the teachability of the material.
  • New cases included throughout the book
  • Improved and expanded end of chapter exercises and practice questions for test review
  • Updated with the latest developments in Criminal Procedure

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Broad coverage that includes both traditional and cutting-edge topics
  • Well-crafted pedagogy, including learning objectives at the start of each chapter; boldfaced legal terms, with definitions in the margins; figures and charts that visually translate concepts and procedures; and end-of-chapter questions, activities, and assignments to enrich learning.
  • Scenarios that exemplify how the law is applied in practice.
  • Edited cases at the end of each chapter.
Civil Law and Litigation for Paralegals is a comprehensive text designed specifically for paralegal civil litigation courses. Author Neal Bevans not only teaches the basics of civil litigation, but also gives students the opportunity to learn skills they will use in practice. In a balanced approach, Bevans covers all the key topics paralegals need to know in an easy-to-read and engaging style that utilizes numerous examples and illustrations but never overwhelms the student. The text provides students with an in-depth analysis of a wide variety of civil cases, beginning with laying out the basic foundation of the American legal system. It proceeds through the investigation and implementation of a civil case, and follows the case through to appeal. The text balances the theoretical underpinnings of the law with the practical examples and hands-on experience that all students need to completely understand the topic. The helpful pedagogy throughout the book and a comprehensive teaching package make class preparation as easy as possible.


  • Clear introduction to the fundamentals of civil litigation for paralegal students.
  • Provides students with an in-depth analysis of a wide variety of civil cases, laying out the basic foundation of
  • the American legal system, proceeding through the investigation and implementation of a civil case, and
  • following the case through to appeal.
  • Designed to help prepare students for the practical world of divorces, car wreck cases, and medical malpractice
  • claims that they will see every day in civil practice.
  • Each chapter presents students with examples of the important role that paralegals play in every stage of civil
  • litigation, from client intake to bringing an appeal.
  • Understandable writing style with strong pedagogy, resulting in a teachable and accessible text.
  • Each chapter includes Practice Pointers, Search Suggestions, Tech Topics, and Legal Legwork boxes, along
  • with case excerpts, forms, and ethics.
  • Helpful pedagogy includes Chapter Objectives that focus learning and review, Boldfaced key terms and marginal
  • definitions for convenient reference, Review questions at the end of each chapter, and references to web sites that
  • facilitate legal research
Introduction to Law for Paralegals covers not only the theory but also the practical aspects of every day legal practice. This text prepares students for the transition from classroom to courtroom, offering balanced coverage of procedural concepts along with an introduction to specific areas of the law.


  • devotion to practical applications, such as legal research, ethics, trials, and appellate issues as well as substantive legal issues, ranging from personal injury and contracts to intellectual property
  • clear, engaging writing style
  • emphasis on practical skill acquisition which is discussed in conjunction with substantive legal issues
  • reader-friendly design, with marginal definitions of key terms and phrases, inset boxes that explore various concepts, and chapter features such as "Skills You Need in the Real World" and "Issues at a Glance" that encapsulate important concepts. The text also includes numerous examples, figures, tables and hypotheticals to help students understand various legal issues and make effective use of different student learning styles
  • excellent end-of-chapter activities, with chapter summaries, review questions, discussion questions, web references, ethics discussions,suggestions for further reading, sample documents, and "personality quizzes" that help students determine what area of the law is right for them shorter length and level of material makes this text the perfect choice for Associate's level paralegal courses

New to the Second Edition:

  • new developments and new case law
  • more in-depth coverage of substantive law areas
  • more coverage of computer technology in the law office

Now in its Fourth Edition, Introduction to Law for Paralegals balances substantive law with work-based knowledge and skills. From the basics of the U.S. legal system, to personal injury, contracts and intellectual property, Neal R. Bevans brings it all into focus through clear writing, realistic examples, and engaging exercises. With features like Skills You Need in the Real World and Issues at a Glance, the transition from classroom to law firm will be smooth sailing.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Coverage of agency
  • Streamlined coverage of legal research and writing
  • Updated cases
  • Discussion of current technology and its use in legal practice
  • End-of-chapter exercises and practice questions for test review help students master the material
  • Professors and students will benefit from:

    • Essential paralegal skills and legal procedure, presented in conjunction with substantive areas of law
    • Part I introduces students to the legal system, with coverage of ethics, evidence, working in the law office, trials, and appeals
    • Part II covers substantive law, including torts, contracts, criminal law, administrative law, real property, wills and trusts, family law, intellectual property, and agency law
    • Part III gives an overview of legal research and writing
    • A succinct and direct writing style
    • Exercises that develop paralegal skills, integrated throughout the text
    • A design for learning on every page, including definitions of legal terms and phrases, inset boxes that illuminate concepts, examples, visual aids, chapter summaries, sample documents, case excerpts, and more
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