LAWS260 Computers in the Law Office

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS260 Computers in the Law Office
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better) AND CISC100 (C or better) OR CISC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course utilizes a learning management space to supplement course materials.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides a general introduction to the use of computers and legal specialty computer software programs in the modern law office. Students use hands on computer exercises using professional software programs frequently used by paralegals, including billing software, spreadsheets and litigation support software.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. Understand and discuss the computer terminology frequently used in a law office;
    2. Demonstrate their ability to construct legal documents, spreadsheets and computer databases; and
    3. Utilize litigation, timekeeping, billing and computer assisted legal research programs.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. Database Management
    2. Creating and using spreadsheets in the law office
    3. Litigation Support
    4. Timekeeping and billing
    5. Computer terminology
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructors' course syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/99; Revised 3/05; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015