May 16, 2022
AOT 3140 - Legal Office Technology
Clock Hours: 120
Prerequisites: Completion of General Office and Administrative Support
Industry Certifications To prepare students for the Certified Legal Professional /Professional Legal Secretary exam with the National Association of Legal Secretaries; www.nals.org.
This course introduces the student to the continuing and vital impact of technology in the operation of a successful law practice. Students will gain skill development in the basics of computer technology to include: typical hardware and software found in a modern legal practice and the useful computer software for a modern law office as well as how to effectively use the internet for research. Areas of focus include ethical obligations surrounding technology use; privacy and security; practice management; electronic discovery; information literacy (including advanced research techniques) and media literacy; and presentation and courtroom technology.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate ability to draft, edit, and print short legal documents by using a word processor and document assembly software
- Demonstrate ability to develop spreadsheets used in the legal environment.
- Explain the importance of timekeeping and billing, the types of legal fee agreements, and how computers can be used to expedite the timekeeping and billing process.
- Explain how legal and factual research are done on the Internet.
- Explain how the cloud is used in the legal environment, and demonstrate an understanding of security and confidentiality issues related to electronic transmission of documents/information.
- Demonstrate ability to use case management and docket control programs.
- Understand how to provide litigation support to litigators, including how to build litigation support databases, strategies for searching and extracting information from databases.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electronic discovery.
- Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in an automated courtroom.
- Explain the value of the use of graphics in litigation and demonstrate the ability to design and execute effective presentations.