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PLG 110: Technology in Law

Course Description

The course is designed to teach Paralegals/Legal Assistants about the use of computers in legal organizations. Subjects to be explored include: Introduction to computers, Computer Hardware and Software, programs for Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Databases, Timekeeping and Billing Programs, Case Management and Docket Control, Discovery and Litigation Support, The Internet, Legal Research and Presentation Graphics.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify how computers are being used in legal organizations and the ethical considerations which arise in their use.
  2. Discuss types of storage systems and operating software programs.
  3. Understand of the ways documents are created and how spreadsheets and databases are used in the legal environment.
  4. Know how the computerized time and billing system works.
  5. Have a detailed understanding of calendaring, docketing systems and programs which support litigation.
  6. Show the ability to locate resources for legal information on the Internet.
  7. Accurately create simple search queries using WESTLAW or LexisNexis.
  8. Demonstrate an enhanced level of confidence in using computers and understanding their value in the legal organization.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

35%

Weekly Written Assignments (Weeks 1-7)

35%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

10%

Final Exam (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Cornick, Matthew S. Using Computers in the Law Office. 7th ed. MBA, Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, N.Y, 2015. ISBN-13: 9781337413954 [Looseleaf version]

Additional Resources

  • Issues of current interest will be added for consideration by students and a number of websites in addition to those in the textbook will be discussed.

Computer Specifications

  • In addition to standard COSC technology requirements, students should download (at no cost) Adobe Reader. Most internet files on the Internet are in Adobe PDF format and accessible with the Adobe Reader.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,2

Topic: Computer Hardware and Software

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1 pages 1-33
    • Chapter 2 pages 34-56 in the text
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer questions 1-14 on page 31 in Test Your Knowledge section of the text book
  • Answer questions 1-10 on page 55 in Test Your Knowledge section of the text book

2

3

Topics: Spreadsheet Software

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3 pages 197-277 in the text
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer questions 1-15 on page 227-228 in the Test Your Knowledge section of the text book.
  • Answer question 2 in the "Questions and Exercises" section on page 227

3

4

Topic: Legal Timekeeping and Billing

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4 of the Textbook (pages 323-354)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer questions 1-17 in the Test Your Knowledge section on page 356
  • Question 4 of On the Web Exercies on page 356

4

5

Topics: Data Base Case Management, Docketing and Midterm Exam

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5 Text (pgs. 382-401)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer questions 1-10 in the Test Your Knowledge section on page 403
  • Take Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1-4
SLOs 1-5

5

6

Topics: The Cloud and Social Media

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 6 Text (pgs. 447-458)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer Questions 1-8 in the Test Your Knowledge section on page 459
  • Answer 1,2 and 7 in the On the Web Exercises section on page 460

6

7

Topic: Electronic Discovery

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7 Text (pgs. 480-518
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer Test Your Knowledge Questions 1-10 on page 501
  • Answer On the Web Exercises Question 3

7

8

Topic: Litigation Support Software

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8 Text (pgs. 519-549)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Answer Test your Knowledge Questions 1-10 on page 551
  • Answer On the Web Exercises Question 3 on page 551
  • Review textbook reading and study for Final Exam

8

9

Topics: Smart Phone and Final Exam

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9 Text (pgs. 619-754)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review textbook reading and study for exam
  • Take Final Exam
  • Submit Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Chapters 1-9
SLOs 1-9

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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