Software Essentials for the Law Office

We offer online sessions six times each calendar year. You may start any of our online courses on ANY of the online session dates listed below. Each session is 7 weeks long.

2014 Session 2: March 10 - April 25, 2014
2014 Session 3: May 5 - June 20, 2014
2014 Session 4: June 30 - August 15, 2014
2014Session 5: August 25 - October 10, 2014
2014 Session 6: October 20 - December 5, 2014
2015 Session 1: January 12 - February 27, 2015

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.

Expectations: This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend approximately 9 hours per lesson 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.

Tuition: $729.00

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Please call 419.207.6945 (1.800.882.1548 Ext. 6945) or email sspicer@ashland.edu for more information.