Course Description

Legal Technology is a general introduction to the use of computers and to legal specialty computer software programs in the contemporary law office and courthouse. This course includes hands on computer exercises using professional software programs used in the law office by paralegals. Students will also receive advanced Lexis/Westlaw training. Students will be taught the skills necessary to assist attorneys in diverse aspects of legal practice where computer technology is used. Paralegals today are increasingly being given responsibility for information and computer management. Paralegals must understand the concepts as well as learn the use of software and hardware, in order to support technology as members of the legal team. The goal of this course is to empower the student to learn how to find answers and solve problems with software, including software updates and new versions.

Technology Requirement

Microsoft Office 2011 Suite including MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint. These are required to access the online tutorials from Microsoft and complete the assignments. Selected software Demo versions are available from vendors or by download. Access is required for the software learning modules.

Plug-Ins and Utilities Selected Tools

  • An "unzip" program, for installing downloaded software.
  • Sound player capability for audio portions of tutorial when available (optional).
  • Webex viewer installed for viewing Webinar presentations available as free downloads from software vendors.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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