Law Office Technology Specialist Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: MYCAA-L-TECH
Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

This program offers an in-depth view of the role of legal assistants play within the American legal system, specifically with respect to technology in the law office. Examining the myriad of skills legal assistants use every day alongside the typical legal working environment, students will explore technology that helps to advance the goals of large law firms and individual attorneys.

This course provides an introduction to computer hardware and software fundamentals necessary to the successful operation of a law office, including an overview of traditional legal software, specialty law office and case management software, and litigation support software. From electronic research to discovery and electronic database discovery (EDD), official eFiling and case management software, students will explore all of the different technological advances that have become standard in the legal industry. Students will also explore various methods for learning and keeping current with software updates as well as the various ethical issues that arise with the use of technology in a legal capacity.

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Course Description

Legal assistants with a focus on technology play one of the most important roles in the legal industry. Advances in technology are revolutionizing todays legal landscape at a faster pace than ever before. Along with it, the role of the legal professional continues to evolve. The automation of various legal processes has forced lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other legal professionals to become proficient with a constantly growing array of word processing, database, telecommunications, spreadsheet, presentation and legal research software. For better or worse, new technology impacts every aspect of the legal field, making the law office more efficient, but also more complex from traditional law firms and corporate practices to courtroom operations and document management.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

Produce a checklist of technology needs for a law office

Prepare a plan for setting up technology systems for a new law firm

Research legal issues using the Internet

Describe security and ethical issues related to the use of the Internet in a law office

Use word processing software to prepare documents for a law office

Use electronic spreadsheet software to prepare documents for a law office

Use a database to store, sort and present client and/or case information

Create a basic office management system using law office management software

Create a case notebook using case management software

Prepare a response to a discovery request

Create an electronic presentation to use at trial

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of a paperless office

Analyze the impact of federal and court rules on electronic discovery

Review court rules on the use of technology

Use Microsoft Office

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