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    2. Getting to Maybe: How to Excel
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    3. Legal Nurse Consulting:Principles
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    4. CLA Review Manual: A Practical
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    19. An Introduction to Legal Reasoning
    20. American Public School Law

    1. International Building Code 2003
    by International Code Council
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    Asin: 1892395568
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-16)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 5736
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The 2003 International Building Code addresses the design and installation of building systems through requirements that emphasize performance.Fully compatible with all the International Codes, the 2003 edition provides up-to-date, comprehensive coverage that establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive- and performance-related provisions.Content is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of materials and building designs.Structural as well as fire- and life-safety provisions covering seismic, wind, accessibility, egress, occupancy, roofs, and more are included. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 49 states are now adopting this Code
    Better learn this code. Local codes are being swept away by one standard. Here is Colorado each town had its own test, amendments and licensing system. California is the only state, having revamped its code 2 years ago, to keep its system.
    I finish basements, often for homeowners who think they can do it. From Loveland, I can work any city without irate inspectors wondering why I don't know their specific requirements. Good book. ... Read more

    2. Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
    by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, Jeremy R. Paul
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    Asin: 0890897603
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Sales Rank: 42417
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers," and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more than one approach may be correct. Enormous care is devoted to explaining precisely how and why legal analysis frequently produces such perplexing situations.

    But the authors don't stop with mere description. Instead, Getting to Maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. Above all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student can turn these feelings to his or her advantage.

    In sum, although the authors believe that no exam guide can substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable guide to translating learning into better exam performance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book on law school test taking and legal thinking
    What most surprised me about this book was that I found it fascinating reading. It is doubtless extremely helpful for anyone facing a law school exam, particularly in the first year, but it is equally valuable, perhaps more valuable, for anyone CONSIDERING GOING TO LAW SCHOOL. I would be surprised if anyone reading this book didn't gain both an advantage on their law school exams and a better understanding of what the legal system is all about. I learned a lot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for All Law Students!!
    Getting to Maybe should be required reading on every law student's list! The authors take the mystery out of writing great law school exams. They tell you what the professor wants, and how to deliver that message. I wish I had had this book in law school. I spent the better part of 3 years wondering which coins the professors flipped to give grades. This book also is helpful for anyone taking a bar examination. The investment of $19.95 is a great deal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The way to pass the law school exam.
    This book saved my law school carreer. law school tests are notoriously ambigous. There are no right answers. Unfortunatly, there seems to be no help for students. One of the proscribed methods is the IRAC method (when you get to school you will learn this and this is not the time to write about it). This book gives you a different way of acheving success in the test. The book does criticize IRAC and offers its own way of handling the testing questions. "Getting To Maybe" is written by law professors and who would know more about passing their tests as well as how a professor thinks? The book is a well written philosophy on the test and the mistakes. The authors spend a great deal of time explaining their philosophy and it is helpfull for the second half of the book. The book shows the common test question mistakes and how to fix them. The book also provides sample tests with sample answers and explanations of why they are good answers. This is the best part of the book, a side by side comparison of good and bad answers which makes this book invaluable. Highly reccommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Blessing
    Who better to get advice on law exams from than two law professors, who also graduated at the top of Harvard Law's class? My grades have gone up and up since reading (and re-reading) this book. Anyone who goes to law school, especially where competition for grades is tight will benefit. The more you read it, the more you grasp the strategy. So don't get discouraged if you're a bit confused the first time. I'd recommend reading through this before you enter law school and at least once (maybe twice) a semester as you can squeeze in a few extra minutes. I've looked at every book about legal reasoning and taking law exams that I've been able to get my hands on and this book has the best system by far. It might not be the easiest system to understand (after all the easy road isn't always the best road in law school), but once you grasp it you'll be thankful.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe may not be enough
    I gave this book two stars for its discussion on addressing policy issues on the exam--this was helpful, indeed. It also gives good tips and provides answers to frequently asked questions on how to prepare--but this is standard advice you'll hear in any law school. Does this book provide a concrete strategy on handling a law school exam? No. In sum, it describes what is wanted on an exam, but doesn't come close to adequately showing students how to get to this "maybe." You are on your own... ... Read more

    3. Legal Nurse Consulting:Principles and Practices, Second Edition
    by Patricia W. Iyer, Amer Asso Of Legal Nurse Consultants
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    Asin: 0849314186
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-25)
    Publisher: CRC Press
    Sales Rank: 67216
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    Designed to meet the needs of both novice and advanced practitioners, the first edition of Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice established standards and defined the core curriculum of legal nurse consulting. It also guided the development of the certification examination administered by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board. The extensive revisions and additions in Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice, Second Edition make this bestselling reference even more indispensable. The most significant change is the inclusion of 15 new chapters, each of which highlights an important aspect of legal nurse consulting practice:Entry into the SpecialtyCertificationNursing Theory: Applications to Legal Nurse ConsultingElements of Triage for Medical MalpracticeEvaluating Nursing Home CasesPrinciples of Evaluating Personal Injury CasesCommon Mechanisms of Injury in Personal Injury CasesERISA and HMO LitigationThe LNC as Case ManagerReport PreparationLocating and Working with Expert WitnessesThe Role of the LNC in Preparation of Technical Demonstrative EvidenceMarketingGrowing a BusinessBusiness EthicsLegal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice, Second Edition presents up-to-date, practical information on consulting in a variety of practice environments and legal areas. Whether you are an in-house LNC or you work independently, this book is your definitive guide to legal nurse consulting. ... Read more

    4. CLA Review Manual: A Practical Guide to CLA Exam Preparation
    by Virginia Koerselman
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    Asin: 0314206213
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-22)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 370675
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This manual is a comprehensive study tool for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. The manual thoroughly covers each section of the exam with extensive outlines, examples, facts, and charts for review. Sample tests are included at the end of each chapter. Tips for studying and successful completion of the exam are also provided. The new edition has been completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the law and the CLA Examination. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great review manual and reference book
    This book was my primary source when I was preparing for the CLA exam. Coherent, organized and thoughtful, it is a "must buy" for CLA candidates. Until my book was borrowed (and not returned) by another legal assistant, the manual served as a handy reference manual in my practice. ... Read more

    5. Essentials of Business Law and The Legal Environment
    by Richard A. Mann, Barry S. Roberts
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    Asin: 032415478X
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-06)
    Publisher: South-Western College/West
    Sales Rank: 120127
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This text offers complete coverage of business law and its environment in a non-technical, straightforward, and learner-friendly style. Cases are summarized by the authors and integrated throughout chapters.Legal issues and court decisions are carefully explained with a minimum of legal jargon. Most important, Essentials of Business and The Legal Environment covers all required business law topics for the CPA exam. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Business Law Explained for the Intelligent Layman
    I was given this book for free by someone who had used it for a college course and didn't want it. I couldn't believe the person wanted to throw it away. This book tells all the basics of business law. If you don't know anything about business law, read it. It is a good book for beginners. I know I will keep it for a reference book for a long time. I am starting my own business and I refer to it all the time. Not only does the book tells just about everything you need to know about business law, it gives actual descriptions of court cases to illustrate the points of each section. A very good buy & an excellent reference book! ... Read more

    6. How to Start & Build a Law Practice, 5th Edition
    by Jay G. Foonberg
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    Asin: 1590312473
    Catlog: Book (2004-06)
    Publisher: American Bar Association
    Sales Rank: 6917
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    A classic ABA bestseller, you'll find over 100 chapters packed with techniques for getting started. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The most dog-eared book I own...
    Grandmaster Foonberg is at the top of the law practice "how to" food chain with How to Start and Build a Law Practice. Frankly, I own not the millenium model but the Third Edition (it was a little weak on the technology side), but the lessons taught by the mythical Foonberg are invaluable - foremost among them: "it's better not to do the work and not get paid than to do the work and not get paid." Just too much here to miss, all put together in small vignette-style chapters. Lots of substance. A MUST have for lawyers. Get it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading...Practical...Great Buy!
    As I've already said...this is an easy reading, practical book about starting your own law practice. Foonberg is straight forward in explaining things and includes many samples of his ideas. Great buy for anyone planning on hanging out their own shingle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for starting a new practice
    I bought this for a discounted rate from the ABA when I was a Law Student. After reading it, I would have been willing to pay 5 times the actual price (albeit, I would not have ever bought to find out it was worth that much). Far too many times I have bought one of these "How to" books and found it too much BS and not enough substance. Foonberg minimzes the BS and maximizes the substance. My only critique is I would like to get a littl emore information about marketing and getting clients in my doors from day 1. He addresses the issue but a methodology would have been nice. All in all, the book is a tremendous resource. If you are starting a practice/firm, I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The proof is in the pudding
    I am a trial attorney in a city of about 220,000 people, and for more than 2 years I considered breaking away from firm life and starting my own shop. I read Foonberg's 3rd edition of the same title, then purchased this one. I read, dreamed, re-read, and then started planning. I used this book as my primary guide, while also gleaning some "nuggets" from other publications. I will say, however, that this book BY FAR provided the most guidance and the most detail.

    Just over a month ago, I took the plunge and started my own solo practice. I had re-financed my house and took some cash out to ensure I could survive for about 6 months just on that money. ... And I am happy to say that it wasn't necessary. I am "in the black" after only the first month! In fact, I am SO busy, that I either need to limit my practice or rent a larger place to hire a paralegal. It's not like I'm taking everything that walks in either. On the contrary, I am refusing quite a bit of work, but it seems like the more bad cases I turn away, the more good cases come in.

    My success is unusual, but can be duplicated with the same methodical planning using this book as a "bible" of sorts. It was on my nightstand for more than a year, and now it sits in my credenza in my new office. I cannot recommend this book enough to the attorney that is considering going on his/her own. It is truly a great resource. I actually plan on purchasing the new (5th) edition when it comes out, even though I'm already on my own. It is simply that useful. ... And don't be surprised if you can't find it in the local law library! It is usually either checked out or stolen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for the solo attorney
    Good book for the solo, but the book has some repetitions in it. The book appears as if Foonberg wrote a series of short articles and the bound them to make a book. Regardless, the book has lots of good information in it. ... Read more

    7. Black's Law Dictionary (Black's Law Dictionary)
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    Asin: 0314228640
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
    Publisher: West Group
    Sales Rank: 69214
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Completely revised in 1999, the Seventh Edition of Black's Law Dictionary is the premier legal reference resource. This edition contains over 24,000 definitions, 4,500 of which are completely new to the Seventh Edition. Helpful extras include a list of legal maxims, the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a time chart of the United States Supreme Court, a Federal Circuit Map, and British Regnal Years. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for the legal proffesional or law studnet!
    Know of of a lawyer (whom does not already have this indespenseable tool) or of a person heading to law school; then you should buy this book for them, i.e., Black's Law Dictionary by Bryan A. Garner (Editor), et al. The reference book starts out with a pronunciation guide; preface (which is very well written indeed); guide to dictionary; list of abbreviations; dictionary; seven appendixes, legal maxims, the constitution of the united states of america, universal declaration human rights; time chart of the united states supreme court; federal circuita map; british regnal years; list of works cited. The price is abit steep ... but it is well worth its price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal for starting a study of law...
    As mentioned in an earlier review, the pocket version of Black's Law Dictionary is ideal for the beginning law student, such as myself. While not as thorough as the unabridged version, it is much more convenient to carry around for one. Second, the concise definitions are ideal for getting the gist of a legal definition. I have found that many of the cases studied in first year classes are seventy to one-hundred-and-fifty years old. As a result, many legal terms used in those cases are a bit outdated. Enter the pocket dictionary, which does an admirable job of giving a concise clear defintion, just right for understanding the term used in the case.

    As the semester has rolled along, I have found that I am using the dictionary less, which is natural I suppose since I am becoming more familiar with the language of law. I still keep it handy as a refresher. While the internet does offer many valuable resources for defining legal terms, the pocket dictionary is still a valuable resource for use on a plane, on the bus, or when the internet isn't available in class.

    If you are planning on studying law, I would recommend picking up a copy of the pocket version of Black's Law Dictionary.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Better Doorstopper or Child's Booster Seat Can't Be Found
    Every first year law student spends the evening before his or her first day of law school examining this weighty tome, leafing through its dense double-columned pages of arcane and obsolete legalese, rolling the syllables of Latin phrases like "consentientes et agentes pari poena plectentur" or "in dubio, pro legi fori" around on the back of the tongue, experimenting with various pronunciations of harsh old Anglo-Saxon terms like "lyef-geld" or "gisle" or "feoffee", and pondering the shaded meanings of such linguistic curiousities as "nudum pactum", "girth and sanctuary" or "estate tail". All of this and more is taken in by the eager law student, who reads on into the night before parking the tome on the shelf and dropping off to sleep. Nine times out of ten, the book thereafter remains unopened, gathering dust, dutifully moving from apartment to apartment, then from office to office in the course of one's legal career (should the law student be so fortunate as to have one). Very occasionally, the student or lawyer may encounter an unfamiliar word or phrase, and Black's Law Dictionary will come down off the shelf for a brief interlude. Those few lawyers who have the time or inclination will marvel at the wealth of legal arcanography contained between the boards of a single volume. One or two might even take it home for bedtime reading. For most, however, it is merely a part of the furniture, little used, underappreciated and generally ignored. Even so, I heartily recommend it, not only as an indispensible part of every lawyer's library furniture, but also as a veritable treasure trove of tidbits such as "lex fingit ubi subsistit aequitas", "tenants by the verge" and "smoke farthings". For sheer power to amaze and entertain, how could this not be one of the ten great books of the English language?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clasic - all law students need a Blacks Law Dictionary
    This is a minor cost on top of a major investment.

    Also, all 3Ls should get another legal classic, "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers" by Keith Evans.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars For Lincoln-Douglas Debaters
    If you're an LDer, this dictionary is pretty nice, unless you actually like hauling around the entire latin language in your briefcase. In that case the full ultra deluxe Black's Law Dictionary is for you! ... Read more

    8. Criminal Procedure (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
    by Joel Samaha
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    Asin: 0534629288
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-30)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 696731
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    Joel Samaha's CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, Sixth Edition presents in clear, clean prose the central theme in constitutional democraciesbalancing the need for government power to protect public safety with the guarantee of individual liberty and privacy. Samaha's straightforward approach helps students grasp the complexities of the criminal justice system.By focusing on comprehension and not memorization, he helps students understand our criminal procedures and why we need them. This text examines the constitutional requirements of criminal procedure and how these requirements are applied by the courts to law enforcement, prosecution, defense, pre-trial proceedings, adjudication, sentencing, appeal, and habeas corpus. ... Read more

    9. Practical Legal Writing for Legal Assistants
    by Celia Elwell, Robert Smith
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    Asin: 0314061150
    Catlog: Book (1996-02-02)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 576606
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    This text is designed to cover all aspects of paralegal writing. It is intended not only as a text for paralegal instruction, but as a desk reference tool for practicing paralegals. It includes many practice examples and exercises in both the text and in the appendices. ALSO AVAILABLE INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDER Instructors Manual - (with Test Bank and Transparency Masters)ISBN:0-314-06116-9 ... Read more

    by Ransford C. Pyle
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    Asin: 0766835820
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-13)
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    Sales Rank: 206901
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    This third edition of Foundations of Law, provides an introductory discussion of American law and its legal system. Concisely written, it presents over 40 excerpted judicial opinions used to illustrate basic themes, language, and interpretative scenarios. Instructive case studies challenge readers beyond acquiring knowledge, so that thorough understanding of concepts and their application in difficult settings can be achieved. Examples of lawsuits emanating from the recent presidential elections are included to highlight points from initial chapters on the legal system, and numerous one-page articles on cases and personalities provide an in-depth view into the history of law. ... Read more

    11. Patent It Yourself (Patent It Yourself)
    by David Pressman
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    Asin: 1413300251
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Sales Rank: 6058
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    Celebrating 20 years of success!

    Patent It Yourself is the world's bestselling patent book, recommended by patent attorneys, inventors, librarians and journalists.

    Patent attorney and former patent examiner David Pressman takes you -- step-by-step and in plain English -- through the entire patent process, from conducting a patent search to filing a successful application.

    Patent It Yourself also covers:

    *documenting the invention process
    *successful marketing strategies
    *foreign patent rights
    *assigning and licensing your invention to others
    *and much more

    The 10th edition of Patent It Yourself is completely updated and revised, providing the latest USPTO filing rules, as well as new amendment rules, mailing rules and fees. It also covers the new European Patent Office and Patent Cooperation Treaty rules.

    Whether you're new at the inventing game or a grizzled veteran, Patent It Yourself will save you grief, time, and most importantly, money. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Patent It Yourself by David Pressman is a sure winner!
    If you have a great idea, but don't know what to do with it, "Patent It Yourself" by David Pressman is here to help. This book is a true blessing to both novice and seasoned inventors alike. It's organized format and light-hearted illustrations make this a truly enjoyable read. Packed to the gills with information, "Patent It Yourself" will answer virtually any question an aspiring inventor may ask. It covers everything from avoiding invention marketing companies to patent searching, from drafting a patent application to licensing your creation. The author is a practicing patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a former patent examiner, as well as an inventor himself with his own patents. His experience definitely shines through in each page of this work. As an inventor myself, I have truly put this book to the test. With the aid of "Patent It Yourself", I have taken two ideas from images in my head, to patented, finished products that are supplementing my income. This book has saved me thousands of dollars in legal fees and has also saved me from many a headache. I would definitely recommend "Patent It Yourself" to anyone interested in turning an idea into profit. Christine Hanisco - Lansdale, PA

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth 6 stars
    I have used Pressman's Patent It Yourself since the late 80s to file and process 18 patents, and have saved myself and my business partner (a lot of money) in legal fees. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Pressman is not just knowledgeable, he is a master teacher, imparting information with consumate pedagogic skill. He makes learning of complex legal issues as easy as one can imagine. His prose is often humorous and entertaining as well.

    One recommendation: If you use this book to write your first patent filing, let a patent lawyer review the filing before you submit. This shouldn't cost you more than an hour or two in attorney fees and from my experience can enhance your submission and improve its chances for allowance significantly. I did this for my first several submissions and learned something each time. Eventually there was little the attorney could offer, and I then ceased the practice.

    Wish I could give 6 stars for this remarkable book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't fire your attorney just because you read this book
    One area where I see this book being extremely helpful is in understanding what an attorney needs from the inventor. With a new inventor it can take forever to get the right language to put into an application. If you've read this book though you have a clearer understanding that the whole idea is taking technical language and creating a legal document. If you know the specifics and the structure of the application, preparing yourself to be most efficient with your attorney time is a great way to save on attorney bills the smart way. Having the examples ready, knowing what drawings might be required and understanding what others have already done is nothing but helpful in the process.

    That being said, the intellectual property world has many twists and turns through the process that really only someone with experiences can accurately assess. The slightest mistake in a fork in the road can mean the difference between success and failure, spending a fortune or losing it. So although this book really is excellent (spoken from experience) it cannot replace good counsel. Filing patent applications and engaging in the process of prosecuting them can be expensive anyway, with or without a lawyer. For many steps in the process having a lawyer can save you money by steering you away from expensive, unnesessary searches. Once you have a patent it doesn't mean you're free and clear to market your invention either. Licensing and cross licensing can be tricky. International circles of intellectual property law have even more hidden quagmires to circumnavigate. Many lawyers are so highly specialized that negotiating license agreements is all they do. Royalty structures can be complicated and only experience can provide the most comprehensive contracts. Having an attorney provides great leverage just in presence as well. They know how to ask the right questions and for the most part won't waste alot of time. So bottom line is this helps immensely in making the process smoother and more efficient but don't fire your lawyer if you want to be sure you make the most of whatever you created.

    Most highly recommended, this new edition has important, substantive additions that reflect changes in the law.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Use this book and save thousands!!!
    If you're thinking of filing a patent, David Pressman's Patent It Yourself is an absolute must! The patenting process is fraught with legal pitfalls that can trap even the savvyest, most experienced inventor. This book translates all of the complex, circuitous legalese that lawyers use to make law inaccessible into plain english. Chock-full with diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and tear-out forms, Patent It Yourself is a one-stop guide to patent success.
    I have no legal backround and have successfully filed four patents with this book, saving thousands of dollars in lawyers fees. If you're thinking of hiring a lawyer, think again! The average lawyer charges upwards of $5,000 per patent! Why pay all that money when you can buy a book and do it yourself for only $50? From evaluating how well your idea will sell, to preparing the actual application, to understanding international patent protection laws this book covers all of the bases. Pressman has over 40 years of experience as both a patent attorney and a patent examiner and it really shows! Buy this book, it won't let you down!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed, Informative, and very fun to read
    This is a truly excellent Book. The author guides the applicant carefully through every step of a patent application, unscrambles the legalese into easy to understand terms, and then provides the legal vocabulary again to create professional sounding patent applications. This book is very useful for inventors whith any level of legal knowledge, from the total beginner to the seasoned inventor with multiple patents. Even professional patent attourneys might learn a few new tricks from this book. The author also covers all aspects of securing inventions, from the decision to patent with respect to the financial benefits, to the patent application, marketing, international patents, and licensing and infingement problems. He points out frequently made errors and gives lots of tips and tricks. A truly excellent book for inventors of all types. (This review refers to the 8th edition) ... Read more

    12. The Law of Higher Education : A Comprehensive Guide to Legal Implications of Administrative Decision Making (Jossey Bass Higher and Adult Education Series)
    by William A.Kaplin, Barbara A.Lee
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    Catlog: Book (1995-05-11)
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    Since the 1985 publication of the second edition of The Law of Higher Education, new developments in the courts and in Congress have continued to place campuses under increased scrutiny. In this third edition of William A. Kaplin's indispensable guide to the laws that bear on the conduct of higher education, Kaplin and Lee provide a revised and up-to-date reference, research source, and practical guide for college administrators, legal counsel, and researchers.

    This third edition--with fifty percent of the material entirely new--updates the latest major developments in all of the topics covered in the previous edition and offers detailed information on a range of emerging issues including sex discrimination, hate speech, academic freedom in religious institutions, athletic scholarships, animal research, environmental laws, and much more.

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    13. Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
    by John N. Ferdico
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    Catlog: Book (2004-08-03)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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    14. Case Analysis and Fundamentals of Legal Writing :
    by William P. Statsky, Jr., R. John Wernet
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    Asin: 0314040188
    Catlog: Book (1994)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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    This popular paralegal-specific text introduces the skills of reading and analyzing court opinions. It focuses on briefing cases and applying case law in legal memoranda and advocacy letters. This is a major revision with new cases and expanded writing chapters. ALSO AVAILABLE INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDER Instructors Manual, ISBN: 0-314-46555-3 ... Read more

    15. International Building Code 2000 (International Building Code)
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    16. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States)
    by Kermit L. Hall
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    Asin: 0195176618
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-19)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
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    The Supreme Court has continued to write constitutional history over the thirteen years since publication of the highly acclaimed first edition of The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court. Two new justices have joined the high court, more than 800 cases have been decided, and a good deal of new scholarship has appeared on many of the topics treated in the Companion. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presided over the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, and the Court as a whole played a decisive and controversial role in the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. Under Rehnquists's leadership, a bare majority of the justices have rewritten significant areas of the law dealing with federalism, sovereign immunity, and the commerce power. This new edition includes new entries on key cases and fully updated treatment of crucial areas of constitutional law, such as abortion, freedom of religion, school desegregation, freedom of speech, voting rights, military tribunals, and the rights of the accused. These developments make the second edition of this accessible and authoritative guide essential for judges, lawyers, academics, journalists, and anyone interested in the impact of the Court's decisions on American society. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States
    This volume is equally as good as the first edition only it's been brought up to date.Unfortunately the Supreme Court is not static and decisions keep appearing which will eventually make a third edition necessary.In the meantime one can purchase this book and use it as a handy reference in researching Supreme Court decisions that impact our current political landscape.

    Much care and effort went into this work and the result shows.It is readable and poignant.Some entries may take careful reading to understand fully, and others are quite lengthy (who'd have thought that "Federalism" would take so many pages to explain), but overall this is a very handy book.

    The only problem is what to do with the first edition once this one arrives at your door.One possibility is to do what I did, bring the first edition to the cabin. ... Read more

    17. Using Computers in the Law Office (West Legal Studies Series)
    by Brent D. Roper
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    Asin: 1401809421
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-07)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 177066
    Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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    Computer proficiency is required of all legal assistants in order for them to make considerable contributions in their professional settings. Using Computers in the Law Office provides the critical, up-to-date information needed to gain such skills. Important topics covered include Internet legal/factual research, legal timekeeping and billing, litigation support software, and case management and docket control software. And, recognizing that utilizing new-age technology leads to higher organization and productivity, the author has included thorough discussions on mobile computing, document management, security, ethics, the electronic courthouse and many other trends in legal computing. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
    I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about! Maybe they didn't read the book! I found the book to be extremely helpful. I didn't see any typos, or instructional errors (whatever that means!). It was required for my paralegal class and I thought I got my money's worth. I got a CD with free software and I thought it was worth every penny. It covers a wide range of computer uses in law offices and it was easy to read and practical. My teacher said she has been using this book for years. The other people in my class didn't seem to have any problem with it. I highly recommend it. It wasn't written for secretarys - it's for paralegals - maybe that was the other reviewers problem. Anyway, don't hesitate to buy it, you won't be sorry.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Mandatory purchase that disappointed me
    My legal secretary class was required to purchase this book at a costly price. I had problems with it from the start! Typo's, instructional errors, How are you supposed to learn? I regretfully have to recommend against it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't even bother!!
    As a student in a legal secretary program, I was required to buy this book, as it is part of the curriculum. Well let me be the first to say that it is a total waste of the [money] I paid for it! It is filled with typos and instructional errors. Before I can learn the software it is supposed to be teaching me, I have to first decypher the directions. I may as well just wing it, the book is no help. I recommend to anyone about to purchase this book, to think again. Look for a book you might actually learn from! ... Read more

    18. The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Court
    by Bryan A. Garner
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    Asin: 0195128087
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 64076
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Good writing wins court cases. Now, one of America's most sought-after experts on legal writing offers a tested guide to preparing successful briefs - the written arguments lawyers present to judges and juries.

    In 100 concise, practical, easy-to-use sections, Bryan A. Garner goes step by step through the art of effective legal writing. He covers it all - from the rules for planning and organizing a brief to openers that can capture a judge's attention from the first few words. "Never write a sentence that you couldn't easily speak," Garner warns - and he shows how to do that. He gives masterly advice on building sound paragraphs, drafting crisp sentences, choosing the best words ("Strike pursuant to from your vocabulary."), quoting authority, citing sources, and designing a document that looks as impressive as it reads. Throughout, he shows how to edit for maximal impact, using vivid before-and-after examples that apply the basics of rhetoric to persuasive writing. Filled with examples of good and bad writing from actual briefs filed in courts of all types, the book also covers the new appellate rules for preparing federal briefs.

    An invaluable resource for attorneys, law clerks, judges, paralegals, and law students and their teachers, The Winning Brief has the qualities that make Garner's book so successful: authority, accessibility, and page after page of tips and techniques that work. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, but also see Common Sense Rules of Advocacy
    ALL of Garner's books are excellent, but lawyers who want to be more persuasive should also get a practical book on trial advocacy, "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers" (also a wonderful book for 3Ls and new lawyers who want to learn how to be effective advocates). The author, Keith Evans, practiced as a British barrister for a decade and as a California trial lawyer for many years. He also lectured regularly to many American Inns of Court.

    However, be warned: Common Sense Rules of Advocacy is NOT a book for litigators, but for advocates.

    What others have said about Evans book:

    "Valuable review for the old timers and an excellent primer for those who are starting the climb."
    -- Jacob A. Stein, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines, Washington, DC

    "Superb how-to book ...that is refreshingly readable."
    -- Karl Tegland, author, "Courtroom Handbook on Washington Evidence"

    "A wonderful 'Bible' for the trial lawyer who wants to win. If only we had had this in law school!"
    -- Browne Greene, Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, Santa Monica, CA

    "Even the most experienced trial lawyer can pick up some new techniques here."
    -- Frederick C. Moss, Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University

    "Valuable insights and practical lessons for anyone who advocates for a living."
    -- Steve Clymer, J.D., mediator, arbitrator, and facilitator with ACCORD Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.

    "Remarkable compendium of useful advice."
    -- Roxanne Barton Conlin, Roxanne Conlin & Associates, Des Moines, IA (first woman President of Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

    "Great introduction for the new lawyer and a wonderful learning tool for the advocate with experience."
    -- Sherman L. Cohn, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (first national President of American Inns of Court)

    "Terrific guidebook."
    -- Philip H. Corboy, Corboy & Demetrio, Chicago, IL

    You can see more testimonials and more information about Evans' book on Amazon - search for ISBN 1587330059.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible (one of them) for legal writing
    I'm a former paralegal currently in law school, and one of the more difficult things about dealing with the law is making your writing sparkle... in the most succinct way possible. This book can help. With countless examples and snippets of wisdom culled from top legal minds, Bryan Garner has put together a fantastic resource. He takes the reader through the entire process of writing to the court, from brainstorming to the million (or 100, at least) ways to polish a document.

    This isn't a book that rehashes writing tips you'll find in more general guides--it is specifically geared toward the delicate craft of legal writing. Admittedly, this is a somewhat pricey tome, but it's worth every penny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent handbook on legal writing.
    This volume is by far the best work available on legal writing. Most of Prof. Garner's advice applies not merely to briefs but to memos, letters, and other persuasive or analytical forms. His chapters take you through every step of writing, from the earliest, painful efforts to collect your thoughts, through outlining, issue-framing, structuring an argument, and finally the specifics of sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation. Unlike many writing manuals, this book places emphasis where it is really needed: not on mechanics, but on the large structural tasks that can make or break a project. While some of Prof. Garner's formatting suggestions may not be acceptable in many jurisdictions, his more general advice -- the real reason for buying this book -- will be helpful everywhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better brief writing and more
    Bryan A. Garner, editor-in-chief for the latest edition of Black's Law Dictionary, is one of America's foremost proponents of the "plain English" movement in the law. In The Winning Brief, Mr. Garner distills the principles found in his seminars and his other books (such as The Elements of Legal Style) and channels them toward one goal: helping the reader write better legal briefs.

    The Winning Brief presents its advice in the form of 100 tips, each followed by quotations, commentary, and examples. The tips follow the chronological order of a writing project, from initial brainstorming to proofreading. The tips are listed inside the front and rear covers for quick reference.

    Mr. Garner's advice has contributed directly to my practice. I have applied his advice in writing four summary judgment motions; two were granted, while the other two led to favorable settlements for my clients.

    The reader is sure to find at least one or two tips that can be applied immediately to a current writing project. Not only that, but Mr. Garner's advice can be applied to other non-fiction writing projects. In sum, I heartily recommend this book to all attorneys who hope to be more persuasive in their writing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is especially apt for "seasoned" brief writers
    One misses the point of Mr. Garner's book if they think this is another treatise on brief writing. Mr. Garner's approach, though commonsensical, is sorely needed in the legal world. So many briefs are too long, too boring, and too obtuse to be of any use. Granted one need not follow all of Mr. Garner's tips, such as footnotes, but if you follow most of them, you will end up with a brief that is not a chore to read, succinctly informs the judge of the issue and why she should rule in your favor. This book is definitely for people who think they already know how to write a brief, and who don't need any book to help them do so (and who also most likely churn out boring, difficult to read briefs). There is a world of difference between a typical brief and the type that Mr. Garner envisions. By the way, anyone who has not taken Mr. Garner's course should. He is one of the best public speakers and teachers you will ever encounter. ... Read more

    19. An Introduction to Legal Reasoning
    by Edward H. Levi
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    Catlog: Book (1962-02-15)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ambiguity made clear
    Legal reasoning is famously ambiguous: there's no objective way to determine the outcome of a given case as there is with a physics problem. If you know the weight of an item and the height from which it drops, you are able to determine fairly objectively (i) the rate at which it will fall to the earth and (ii) the time it will take to fall to the earth from the point at which it is dropped. Law, unfortunately, is not so straight-forward. Understanding its assumptions is absolutely critical to developing any sort of sophisticated understanding about the ways in which law affects civilization. This book provides a broad outline of those assumptions. I suggest having at least a rudimentary background in intellectual history and political philosophy to get the most out of this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to the subject
    For those going into the legal profession, and for those curious about the logic of legal procedures, this book offers and excellent introduction. Its length will suit those readers who want a quick but accurate overview of this topic. It might also satisfy the needs of a reader in a field of endeavor somewhat removed from the legal profession, namely, that of artificial intelligence. Artificial and computational intelligence has been applied to the legal profession with the goal of creating automated legal reasoning machines. My interest in the book was somewhat different when I first read it years ago, but now has been reactivated from the standpoint of artificial intelligence.

    The author describes his book as an attempt to give a general description of the process of legal reasoning in case law and in statutorial and constitutional interpretation. He emphasizes right at the beginning that the law should not be viewed as a known system of rules that are applied by a judge, that legal rules are never clear, and that a requirement for such clarity would make society impossible. Ambiguity in the rules he says, allows collective participation to resolve the ambiguity. Such a characterization of legal rules by Levi prohibits an axiomatic or formal approach to legal reasoning, and this will make the problem of creating automated legal reasoners much more difficult.

    Interestingly, Levi quotes Aristotle in asserting that the pattern of legal reasoning consists of reasoning by example, and that it follows a three-step process: With the doctrine of precedent assumed throughout, a proposition describing a particular case is made into law and then this rule is applied to a situation that is similar to these. Thus: 1. The cases are shown to be similar. 2. The rule of law in the first case is announced 3. This rule is then applied to the second case. It is the finding of similarity in both cases that would entail, in the context of a legal reasoning machine, the use of data mining techniques coupled with a formalization of the Aristotelian "reasoning by example" that is discussed by Levi.

    An interesting part of Levi's discussion on the determination of similarity (or difference) is that this determination is dependent on the judge. When a statute does not exist, and case law is being considered, the judge is free to dismiss teh facts that the prior judge may have considered important. The doctrine of "ratio decidendi" in legal philosophy, and has been the subject of intense investigation. A formal or computational model of ratio decidendi must come to terms with this tension between precedent and judicial discretion.

    In addition, Levi argues, the rules are discovered in the process of determining the similarities (or differences). This dynamism in legal reasoning is not too different from what happens in scientific research, for in the latter new laws (rules) are discovered in the process of interpreting new data that has been acquired by new experiments. The data may then have to be re-interpreted in the light of the new laws (rules) that are formulated. Future data that is similar to this data will then be interepreted under these new rules. Future data that is very different from this may entail a new set of rules be invented (discovered) to deal with this difference.

    The issue then, Levi explains, is to when one must view different cases as the same. An intersection of the set of facts of two cases entails a general rule be applied. This "reasoning" is imperfect, Levi argues, since the conclusions were arrived at by a process that was not transparent. Levi summarizes this as a process in which the classification changes as the classification is made, i.e., the rules change as they are applied. This might seem troubling to some, but Levi explains that such a situation is desirable since without it, new ideas could not enter into the legal process. Thus a static view of the legal process where consequences are derived from a closed system of rules is not useful in legal reasoning. In addition, Levi argues, fairness to the parties involved in litigation is served best by this ambiguity in legal categories. The commonality of the ideas of society coupled with the contributions made by legal experts both serve to shape the law.

    Levi also discusses the role that reasoning by example has in the interpretation of case law, statutes, and the Constitution. The intent of the legislature enters into the consideration of the statute by subsequent judges, and so these judges have less flexibility in applying a statute than they would in the consideration of case law. Interestingly, Levi argues that the case for constitutional law is different, in that the judge has more freedom than was the case for statutorial or case law. The court can be inconsistent in this case, says Levi, but this freedom is masked under the guise of a search for the intent of the framers of the Constitution or as a characterization of the Constitution as a "living document".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, But a Little Dry
    I'm entering law school this fall, so I thought I'd read through this book to give me a head start. Levi takes a look at the evolution of court decisions based on the common law, statutory law, and constitutional law. I found the first few pages of the book very helpful in understanding that legal reasoning is not strictly an exercise in either inductive or deductive logic, but is sort of a hybrid of both which at the same time reflects the general views of society and adapts to new societal values as society's mores change. I think this is the real value of this book, showing how the reasoning evolves as new cases arise. A new case might lead to the creation of a new legal rule to deal with it, and then this rule is used for years to deal with similar cases that arise. Then, as the number of cases increases, slight distinctions are made between them, resulting simultaneously in both an expansion and a fractioning of the legal rule, sort of like a tree branch. Then, when social values change or when the cases become so numerous and differentiated that they overwhelm the original legal rule, the legal rule is discarded altogether as a new interpretation takes its place. This book takes a look at several examples of this in U.S. legal history to illustrate this process of legal evolution. It's an excellent introduction to legal reasoning. However, I gave it only four stars because the reading tends to be rather dry at times, and I often found my mind wandering as I read it. Other than that, though, this is a good book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great, quick read of the process of legal analysis.
    In this book Levi gives an overview of the process of legal analysis and demonstrates how legal "rules" are made. The book consists of primarily 3 parts. In the first part Levi demonstrates the process of legal reasoning in case law situations by tracing the history and development of the "inherently dangerous" rule. The second part is an examination of statutory interpretation, specifically the Mann Act. Finally, is a section on constitutional interpretation. This book is not for pre-law students it will offer the most once the reader has already been introduced to the basics of the law and legal reasoning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars sorry, i'm trying to find more info about the book
    where can I find more information or reviews of this book? I need more info to decide if I indeed need it. ... Read more

    20. American Public School Law
    by Kern Alexander
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    Catlog: Book (2000-12-11)
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    This popular and well-known textbook provides a comprehensive view of the law that governs the state schools systems of the United States. It presents and discusses legal cases concerned with the multitude of issues facing the public school system, including such issues as teaching diverse student populations, teacher rights, and the role of the Federal government. Over 1300 citations and school law case excerpts are included. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Gets the Job Done
    The information is presented in a sequential format and is easily understood until the last couple of paragraphs of each case where the authors give their opinion of the court's ruling. It is difficult to understand what the courts actually decided. I often found myself wishing there would be a simple statement giving the final verdict. It is a good read until the ambiguous verdict, than frustration sets in. ... Read more

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