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Software Essentials for the Law Office Online

Overview

In support of the health and safety of our students and university community, all Mason Professional Education courses are being delivered in virtual formats now through September 1. We are fully operational and courses will begin on their scheduled start date. Register today!

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. 

George Mason University offers Software Essentials for the Law Office Certificate Online in collaboration with The Center for Legal Studies.

Features

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Computers

  • Legal Timekeeping & Billing Software

  • Databases, Case Management & Docket Control Software

  • Electronic Discovery

  • Litigation Support Software

  • The Electric Courthouse, Automated Courtroom & Presentation Graphics

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. 

Requirements

To receive a Certificate of Completion from George Mason University, student are expected to complete the following:

  • Six ethics assignments
  • Six quizzes
  • Hands on exercises
  • Participation on five bulletin board assignments

Students are expected to spend an average of nine hours per lesson reading and completing writing assignments. 70 percent is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. This course is the equivalent of at least 50 clock hours of study.

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.

Designed For

  • Individuals seeking the software training and skills necessary for a career in the legal field.
  • Current paralegals seeking to increase their software competencies as well as learn new marketable job skills.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
PLGL 0109 - Software Essentials for the Law Office Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
May 04, 2020 to Jun 19, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
  • (Mandatory) Using Computers in the Law Office Bundle for CLS ISBN 9781337889513
Section Title
PLGL 0109 - Software Essentials for the Law Office Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
Jun 29, 2020 to Aug 14, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
  • (Mandatory) Using Computers in the Law Office Bundle for CLS ISBN 9781337889513
Section Title
PLGL 0109 - Software Essentials for the Law Office Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
Aug 24, 2020 to Oct 09, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
  • (Mandatory) Using Computers in the Law Office Bundle for CLS ISBN 9781337889513
Section Title
PLGL 0109 - Software Essentials for the Law Office Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
Oct 19, 2020 to Dec 04, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) Using Computers in the Law Office by Matthew S. Cornick ISBN 9781337889513
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition 4th edition ISBN 9781418080914
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