George Mason University in collaboration with The Center for Legal Studies offers Software Essentials for the Law Office Certificate Online.
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.
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.
Hands on exercises will prepare students to work with popular programs such as MS PowerPoint, Practice Master’s Tabs 3, AbacusLaw, DiscoveryFY, Trial Director and LexisNexis CaseMap & TimeMap, as well as understand the common functions and purposes of similar programs.
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.
Textbooks are not included in the course registration fee.
Required Textbook for this course:
Using Computers in the Law Office, 6th Edition, with Student Workbook and CourseMate by Matthew S. Cornick, ISBN: 978-1-1331-5837-0
Recommended Legal Resource:
Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition, by D. Oran. Clifton Park: Delmar Cengage Learning.