2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Oct 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

LAW 102 - Legal Computer Applications


Description: Introduction to, and advanced application of, computer software applications used in a law office and the business community. Includes computer research tools, e-mail, application of general office management software to the legal environment, ethical considerations, and law office practice concepts, time and billing, calendaring, and docket control, case management, document management, litigation support, computer research tools, and ethical considerations.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Computer hardware and software; concepts of law office management
  2. Software programs for law office management including computer research, e-mail, and application of general office management software to the legal environment
  3. WESTLAW and Internet research
  4. Complex legal documents
  5. The law office and law practice of the 21st century
  6. Ethical considerations and basic law office practice concepts
  7. Electronic presentation software
  8. Software programs for time and billing, calendaring and docket control, case management, document management, litigation support, general office management, and computer research tools, Westlaw, and internet research

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Explain the use of technology in the practice of law and in the management of the law office. (1-5,7)
  2. Identify a variety of computer tools available to assist the legal professional in the performance of daily tasks. (1-3,5,7)
  3. Identify, explain and prepare research strategies in the use of WESTLAW and Internet research. (3)
  4. Describe the application of general office management software packages to the legal environment (e.g., word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and presentation software) and prepare complex legal documents. (2,4,7)
  5. Use legal software applications packages: standard Internet browser to conduct Internet research; WESTLAW and other legal specific software; general office management software. (2-5,7)
  6. Find, evaluate and summarize new and emerging software and hardware technologies for the law office. (2,3,5)
  7. Identify and explain ethical concerns relating to technology and the practice of law. (6)
  8. Design an electronic slideshow using presentation software. (7)
  9. Manage information by applying legal software applications packages to law office situations, which may include: Timeslips or Verdict software; Amicus Attorney or Abacus software; Summation Blaze, InData, Trial Director, or DiscoverFY software; PCLaw; and other legal-specific software as appropriate and available. (8)