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Software Essentials for the Law Office Certificate

Overview:

This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Course topics include: computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery, and trial presentation and graphics software.

Hands on exercises will prepare students to work with popular programs such as MS PowerPoint, Practice Master's Tabs 3, AbacusLaw, Summation iBlaze, Trial Director and LexisNexis Casemap & TimeMap, as well as understand the common functions and purposes of similar programs.

Common billing procedures and payment agreements, accurate time tracking, proper calendar and docketing procedures as well as the processes involved in electronic discovery will be addressed through a variety of exercises. In addition, students will be presented with real-life scenarios and asked to identify and examine ethical issues raised by the use of technology in a legal practice.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Computers

Lesson 2: Legal Timekeeping & Billing Software

Lesson 3: Databases, Case Management & Docket Control Software

Lesson 4: Electronic Discovery

Lesson 5: Litigation Support Software

Lesson 6: The Electric Courthouse, Automated Courtroom & Presentation Graphics

This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of at least 12 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that extensions will not be granted for this online course. This course is the equivalent of at least 50 clock hours of study. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course.

Required Textbooks:

Using Computers in the Law Office, 6th Edition, with Student Workbook and CourseMate by Matthew S. Cornick, ISBN: 978-1-1331-5837-0

Prerequisites:

This course presumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a typing proficiency of at least 50 words per minute. Basic word processing and typing skills will not be covered in this course.

Upcoming Offerings:

New sessions begin every 8 weeks. 

2014 Sessions:

  • Session 1: January 13- February 28
  • Session 2: March 10-April 25
  • Session 3: May 5 -June 20
  • Session 4: June 30-August 15
  • Session 5: August 25-October 10
  • Session 6: October 20-December 5

Tuition:

Tuition is $729. Successfully completion results in a Certificate of Completion from University of the Pacific. Books are an additional cost and can be purchased directly from The Center for Legal Studies

Additional Information:

Syllabus

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