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Dictionary of Legal Terms [Paperback]

Steven H. Gifis
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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May 1, 2008 0764139215 978-0764139215 4
Updated to include new terms such as "civil union" and to incorporate recent changes in laws and judicial interpretations, this handy dictionary cuts through the complexities of legal jargon and presents definitions and explanations that can be understood by non-lawyers. Approximately 2,500 terms are given with definitions and explanations for the benefit of consumers, business proprietors, legal beneficiaries, investors, property owners, litigants, and all others who have dealings with the law. Terms are arranged alphabetically from Abandonment and Abatable Nuisance, all the way through to Writ, Yellow Dog Contract, and Zoning.

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Updated with new terms such as "civil union" and citing recent changes in laws and judicial interpretations, this handy dictionary cuts through the complexities of legal jargon and gives you definitions and explanations that you can understand. Here's a handy guide to "legalese" for consumers, business proprietors, legal beneficiaries, investors, property owners, litigants, and all others who have dealings with the law.

About the Author

Steven H. Gifis is former Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Newark.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 4 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764139215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764139215
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legal Terms April 30, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for those with no legal background, but don't want to be intimidated by legal "jargon." I found it an easy reference guide to common and not so common legal words used every day. I work in a courtroom, and found the book helpful in understanding the judicial process.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for me January 21, 2006
Format:Paperback
Barron's "Dictionary of Legal Terms" is a solid text. When I asked a law friend of mine which law dictionary I should purchase he told me that "Black's" was the best law dictionary out there. However, it is rather expensive at eighty or so dollars. Even the pocket version of the text is at least twenty dollars. So I sprang for this law dictionary at about eight dollars.

I was quite impressed and quite educated by the Barron's work. It was informative and complete, yet simple enough for a non-law student to understand. At my local bookstore I compared the Barron's dictionary with some others and found this one more to my liking because it provides examples for certain definitions; something the other texts did not.

The only reason that I did not give this 5 stars is that it is not as complete as some of the other books that I looked at. This version has "more than 2500 legal terms" and the other books were all about 3000. However, I have not yet come across a word or jargon that I was unable to find in this book so I am not sure what the other 500+ words or phrases are.

Solid book. Highly recommended.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legal Terms Defined in Everyday Language September 2, 2001
Format:Paperback
This book defines legal terms in easily understood English. In some cases, it gives an example of a situation to which the legal term might apply in order to help illustrate the meaning. It would be a very useful addition to anyone's reference library.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this dictionary! July 20, 2004
By Alexis
Format:Paperback
I bought this dictionary 4 years ago and since then it has been invaluable to me in getting through law school and the bar exam. My copy is so tattered and worn out, I'm thinking of buying a new one to replace it. I highly recommend it over Black's and others that have traditionally been regarded essential for law students and lawyers. Too often with the other legal dictionaries, you look up a word, and then to understand the given definition you end up having to look up additional words. Not so with this book--it lays out legal definitions in the most simple and straightforward manner possible. For many terms, it even gives short hypotheticals to illustrate the term in its proper context.

Even though it's titled "For Non-Lawyers" I highly recommend this book to law students, lawyers, paralegals, and anyone else who might appreciate legal jargon explained in an easily understandable way.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too general May 14, 2003
Format:Paperback
This dictionary may be good for the layman, but it is far too general for a law student or lawyer. Only the most common legal words are included, so most of the words are familiar to lawyers. Those words that are obscure enough to require a dictionary are not included. I would recommend this dictionary to a layman who wants to understand simple legal terms, but not to a lawyer or law student.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of Legal terms March 17, 2009
Format:Paperback
I am a new CASA/ Guardian Ad Litem for the court system. Of course, they use a lot of "legalease" that most lay people have no clue to what a judge, lawyer or court orders are saying. This book is wriiten for the lay person and I have already "burnt" up the pages so to speak. It is a wonderful book for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good general reference item January 20, 2009
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I'm an airport manager who reviews and signs countless legal documents. This book is an easy method to look up some of the more obscure terms. I especially found the definition/explanation of Latin terms helpful. I think most lay persons will have occasional need to refer to this book in the course of life today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy book on legal terms May 7, 2011
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This book is exactly as advertised. I continue to use it to look up legal terms which are easy for me to otherwise misunderstand. If you're considering getting it, I think you'll be satisfied.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of legal terms
I bought this book to assist with a class i was taking. It was helpful and I will use it occaisionally in the future
Published 3 months ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars nice for the book collection
A must have; great for writing letters or writs . you would be shocked at what words mean in legal terms.
Published 6 months ago by G. Almando Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to library
This is a great "little" book. I'm a process server, and file alot of documents, speak to alot of people about documents, and although not being an attorney I can't assist,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by All-N-One Notary and Process Service
1.0 out of 5 stars good book for law school student. but for sure it is not for a police
i thought i would like but i didn't, maybe this would make a good book for law school student. but for sure it is not for a police officer or for a police job.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource for anyone venturing into the world law
Essential to the library at home. Highly recomended for the novice to the expert. Comprehensive and complete-a good resource and a fair price.
Published 8 months ago by Matt.Hamilton Jill sinclair
1.0 out of 5 stars missing several pages in "A" section!
I didn't realize it was missing pages until it was too late to return it, check your copy when you get it!
Published 11 months ago by Top Shot
5.0 out of 5 stars How confusing legal can be.
Now I can follow a bit of the legal world. Sometimes apparent meaning is not what it seems to be. This helps clear some of those misunderstandings.
Published 15 months ago by blackhawkdon
5.0 out of 5 stars My law dictionary
I am taking paralegal courses, and I love this little paper back dictionary. I highly recommend it, it has helped me very much with my homework.
Published 16 months ago by Dora M. Velasco
4.0 out of 5 stars Good dictionary for anyone getting into the legal field
I bought the book because I'm taking a legal secretary course online. The book has the legal word, definitions, how to pronounce the word, and examples of how to use the word. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Champ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
perfict for the beginner and a great investment .
That is all I have to say about this book right now
Published 17 months ago by Josh S Ingwersen
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