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LEGA 2220 - Computerized Litigation Support Concepts (CLSC)

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: ITCS 1010  and LEGA 2010  

LEGA 2220 prepares students to use computer applications in legal organizations and in enhancing the success of legal assistants. Topics include various changes/trends in social media and the cloud, legal timekeeping and billing, and software for litigation support, case management, and docket control. The course also familiarizes students with common law office uses of Microsoft Office applications.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the various methods/types of available legal specific software to assist law offices in representing clients.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Explore law office computer technology.
  2. Define law office computer technology.
  3. Review distinctions between computer hardware and computer software.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize the most popular litigation support applications available on the market today for managing case files.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify the most popular litigation support applications available on the market.
  2. Implement guidelines for working with case management and docket control programs to manage and control a legal organization’s case loads and tasks to be completed and scheduled.
  3. Distinguish between case management and docket control programs for managing and controlling a legal organization’s caseloads and tasks to be completed and scheduled.
  4. Analyze the importance of timekeeping, billing, and various types of legal fee agreements.
  5. Use the litigation support applications to expedite the timekeeping and billing process.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to build case structures, strategies, and database design considerations for searching and extracting information from the database.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify the fundamental elements of database design.
  2. Apply the fundamental elements of database design in a legal environment.
  3. Define case structures, strategies, and database design considerations for searching and extracting information from the database.
  4. Distinguish between case structures, strategies, and database design considerations for searching and extracting information from the database.
  5. Organize case structures, strategies, and database design considerations for searching and extracting information from the database.
  6. Analyze case structures, strategies, and database design considerations for searching and extracting information from the database.

Outcome 4: Locate legal authorities to answer factual situations via computer assisted research, the Internet, and e mail.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Distinguish between the different ways to conduct research.
  2. Identify the different sources for use in conducting research.
  3. Choose appropriate databases for locating legal authorities.
  4. Gather documents from a citation.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
Session and Topic:

  1. Computers in the Law Office
  2. Legal Technology Trends
  3. Computer Hardware and Software
  4. How Computers Can Help the Legal Assistant
  5. Review Computer Hardware and Software Applications in the Law Office
  6. A Computer System: An Overview
  7. The Word Processing Cycle
  8. Word Processing Fundamentals
  9. Spreadsheet Structure and Organization
  10. Spreadsheet Fundamentals
  11. Understanding the Fundamental Elements of Database Design and How to Incorporate Those Elements in a Legal Environment
  12. DBMS in the Legal Environment
  13. DBMS Functions: An Overview
  14. Introduction to Timekeeping and Billing
  15. Legal Timekeeping and Billing Software
  16. Fundamentals of Computerized Timekeeping and Billing
  17. Introduction to Computer Assisted Legal Research and CD ROM
  18. CALR Search Query Techniques
  19. Performing Competent Legal Research
  20. CALR On Line Legal Databases
  21. The Litigation Support Process
  22. Manual Litigation and Support Methods
  23. Types of Computerized Litigation Support Systems
  24. The Electronic Courthouse, Automated Courtroom, and Presentation Graphics
  25. Overview of Some Legal Specific Software
  26. Overview of Presentation Graphics and Trial Presentation Software

Primary Faculty
Manatine, Jennifer R.
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Johnson, Elise
Dean
Balsamo, Michael



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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