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Using Computers in the Law Office, 6th Edition

  • includes Workbook
  • Matthew S. Cornick Clayton State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133014887  |  ISBN-13: 9781133014881
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $216.00
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE, 6th Edition is the ideal book to provide readers with comprehensive, up-to-date information on the use of technology by paralegals in all types of legal organizations. It describes basic computer concepts as well as more complex skills and software programs, with coverage and assignments for Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, AbacusLaw, CaseMap, HotDocs, Discover FY, Tabs3, TimeMap, TrialDirector, and more. Using Computers in the Law Office covers important topics such as an updated discussion of electronic discovery, Internet legal/factual research, legal timekeeping and billing, litigation support software, and case management and docket control software. A variety of other topics are covered including WestLaw Next, Google Scholar, mobile computing, document management, security, ethics, the electronic courthouse and many other trends in legal computing. Each topic is presented in a clear and organized manner that includes many examples of how the software is actually used on-the-job. Detailed Hands-on Exercises ensure that readers will gain practical knowledge of these tools by giving them the opportunity to apply what is presented in the book and to practice using computers to complete legal work. NEW Discover FY demo replaces Summation iBlaze demo. Discover FY™ is an e-discovery/litigation support tool provided and supported by ILS Technologies. The ILS Technologies Discover FY™ demonstration version is a full working version of the program. This program demonstration version will not time out. Access the Premium Website to download the new demo.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides your students with a comprehensive treatment of computer concepts, covering both basic and advanced skills.
  • Focuses on practical computer applications in legal organizations and how computers can make your students more productive on the job, with real-life examples, pertinent tutorials, and the most popular software.
  • Includes many screen shots of the software to assist your students as they complete the exercises.

Table of Contents

1. OVERVIEW OF COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE.
Chapter Objectives. Introduction to Computers and the Law. Elementary Computer Concepts – Common Computer Terms and Examples. Relax, You''ve Done This Before – Specific Law Office Applications of Computer Software. How Computers Can Help the Legal Assistant. Legal Technology Trends. Legal Ethics and Computer Technology. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes.
2. WORD PROCESSING, PDF FILE CREATION, AND DOCUMENT ASSEMBLY.
Chapter Objectives. Centralized and Decentralized Word Processing Systems. Legal Word-Processing Programs--Microsoft Word vs. Corel WordPerfect. Legal Word-Processing Fundamentals. PDF File Creation. Document Assembly Programs. Word Processing in the Legal Environment. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes. Hands-on Exercises--Word 2007. Hands-on Exercises--Word 2003. Hands-on Exercises – Adobe Acrobat. Hands-on Exercises – HotDocs.
3. SPREADSHEET SOFTWARE.
Chapter Objectives. What is a Spreadsheet? "What If" Analysis. Spreadsheet. Structure and Organization. Spreadsheet Fundamentals. Spreadsheet Planning. Spreadsheets in the Legal Environment. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Hands-on Exercises--Excel 2007. Hands-on Exercises--Excel 2003.
4. LEGAL TIMEKEEPING AND BILLING SOFTWARE.
Chapter Objectives. Introduction to Timekeeping and Billing. Manual versus Computerized Billing Systems. The Computerized Timekeeping and Billing Process
Kinds of Legal Fee Agreements. Legal Expenses. Timekeeping and Billing for Legal Assistants. Functions of a Successful Billing System. Computerized Timekeeping and Billing. Integrating Timekeeping and Billing, Accounting, and Case Management
What to Look for in Timekeeping and Billing Software. Billing from the Corporate and Government Perspective. The Ethics of Timekeeping and Billing. Summary. Key Terms. Internet Sites. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes. Hands-on Exercises--Tabs3.
5. DATABASES, CASE MANAGEMENT AND DOCKET CONTROL SOFTWARE.
Chapter Objectives. What is a Database? How Databases Are Used in Law Offices. Calendaring, Docket Control, and Case Management. Introduction to Docket Control / Case Management. Manual Docket Control. Types of Computerized Docket Control Systems. Overview of Computerized Legal Case Management and Docket Control. Implementing Case Management Systems--Why They Fail. The Docket Cycle. Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes. Hands-on Exercises--AbacusLaw.
6. ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY.
Chapter Objectives. Electronically Stored Information. Electronic Discovery Overview. The Electronic Discovery Process. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Electronically Stored Information. Producing and Receiving ESI Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes.
7. LITIGATION SUPPORT SOFTWARE.
Chapter Objectives. Information and Documents to Be Tracked in Litigation. Why Litigation Support? Manual Litigation Support Methods. Overview of Computerized Litigation Support. Types of Computerized Litigation Support Systems. The Litigation Support Process. Litigation Support Tips. Questions and Fears About Computerized Litigation Support. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. Internet Sites. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes. Hands-on Exercises—Discover FY. Hands-on Exercises--LexisNexis CaseMap. Hands-on Exercises--LexisNexis TimeMap.
8. THE INTERNET, COMPUTER-ASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH AND ELECTRONIC MAIL.
Chapter Objectives. Introduction to the Internet. Use of the Internet in Legal Organizations. Searching for and Finding Information on the World Wide Web. Performing Legal Research on the Internet. Problems with Researching on the Internet. CALR: Online Legal Databases. Fee-Based Computer-Assisted Legal Research Services. WESTLAW. LexisNexis. Other CALR Fee-Based Service Providers
Increased Productivity on CALR Systems. Legal Organization Web Pages. Legal Organization Intranets and Extranets. Electronic Mail. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Endnotes. Hands-on Exercises--Legal and Factual Research on the Internet. Hands-on Exercises--WESTLAW. Hands-on Exercises--LexisNexis.
9. THE ELECTRONIC COURTHOUSE, AUTOMATED COURTROOM, AND PRESENTATION GRAPHICS.
Chapter Objectives. The Electronic Courthouse. The Automated Courtroom. Overview of Presentation and Trial Presentation Software. Creating Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint. Courtroom Presentation Tips. Presentation Graphics in the Legal Environment. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Ex.
Glossary.

What's New

  • New software applications: Adobe Acrobat, Discover FY, HotDocs, TrialDirector are fully discussed with detailed Hands-on Exercises that ensure your students will gain practical knowledge of these tools.
  • Hands-on Exercises now available in a separate lay-flat workbook for added convenience for your students.
  • "Ethical Question" in each chapter poses an ethical issue involving the use of computers in the law office.
  • Includes access to the latest versions of AbacusLaw; CaseMap; Tabs3; and TimeMap.
  • Note that the Summation iBlaze is no longer available for distribution. A new demo of a new e-discovery/litigation support tool, Discover FY, replaces the iBlaze demo. Access the Premium Website to download the new demo. New exercises are posted here and to the Premium Website.
  • Expanded discussion of electronic discovery.
  • Coverage of WestLaw Next and Google Scholar.

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"I really like the organization and the content of the material in the advanced chapters. It is organized in a way that is conducive to the way I teach the course. I love the content and I really enjoy this author's writing style."

— Elizabeth McCowan, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Knoxville, TN

" The content is conducive to the way the course is and should be taught. I particularly like the incorporation of the Ethics question at the end each chapter. The Test Your Knowledge and Key Terms section is a great tool for helping the students study for exams. The author also does a good job with the hands-on exercises sections by including introduction lessons and lessons for different skill levels. The textbook is a valuable guide in assisting students to learn the software available to and used by many legal organizations."

— Sharon Sly, San Jacinto Community College North Campus

"The material teaches students the importance of technology in the legal field and how to incorporate it into their daily work life. Over the past 3 years, I have enjoyed teaching the class using the prior version of this text. Students have also commented on how much they learned and how it has helped them in their jobs."

— Sharon Sly, San Jacinto Community College North Campus

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— Donna Schoebel, Capital University Law School

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Using Computers in the Law Office - Advanced  (ISBN-10: 1439057001 | ISBN-13: 9781439057001)

Created for those with a working knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet, and database software, USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE – ADVANCED takes readers to the next level of proficiency with legal technology and imparts the more sophisticated computer skills desired by law offices today. From billing and timekeeping to electronic discovery and computer-assisted legal research, the book demonstrates real-world applications of commonly used legal software programs, and builds practical skills in Tabs3, AbacusLaw, CaseMap, TimeMap, Discover FY, Westlaw, LexisNexis and TrialDirector. Hundreds of screenshots provide context for the lessons, while each chapter includes self-test questions, suggested Web exercises, review questions and exercises, and an ethics question.The detailed Hands-On Exercises include Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced assignments to allow for a variety of skill levels and to help prepare readers for a successful and satisfying paralegal career.

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USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE--BASIC delivers the fundamental computer skills necessary for success in today's law offices. Ideal for readers with limited or no experience with basic computer applications, the book demonstrates word-processing, spreadsheet, timekeeping and billing, database, and presentation software and their uses in the legal environment. Hands-On Exercises for Microsoft Word (2010 and 2007), Excel (2010 and 2007), Access (2010 and 2007), and PowerPoint (2010 and 2007), as well as HotDocs, Adobe Acrobat, and Tabs3 reinforce the lessons for readers, while helpful in-text features like self-test questions, Web exercises, and ethics considerations add dimension to their growing skill sets.

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Using Computers in the Law Office - Advanced  (ISBN-10: 1439057001 | ISBN-13: 9781439057001)

Created for those with a working knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet, and database software, USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE – ADVANCED takes you to the next level of proficiency with legal technology and imparts the more sophisticated computer skills desired by law offices today. From billing and timekeeping to electronic discovery and computer-assisted legal research, the book demonstrates real-world applications of commonly used legal software programs, and builds practical skills in Tabs3, AbacusLaw, CaseMap, TimeMap, Discover FY, Westlaw, LexisNexis and TrialDirector. Hundreds of screenshots provide context for the lessons, while each chapter includes self-test questions, suggested Web exercises, review questions and exercises and an ethics question. The detailed Hands-On Exercises include Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced assignments to allow for a variety of skill levels and to help prepare you for a successful and satisfying paralegal career or enhance your current career.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Matthew S. Cornick

Matthew S. Cornick, J.D., is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Emory University School of Law. He has been teaching Civil Litigation, Legal Research, Family Law, and Introduction to Law and Ethics to paralegal students for over twenty years. Mr. Cornick frequently speaks to paralegal associations and law firms on the topic of technology in the law office. He has served on the Approval Commission to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Paralegals and is the author of A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FAMILY LAW (West Publishing, 1995) USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE, 7e, as well as Advanced and Basic editions of that text.