Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PL 130
Course Title:
Legal Software
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Course Description

Provides training in a variety of specialized legal software applications through lecture, discussing and other classroom activities in current legal software applications, which include legal software used for conflict-checking, timekeeping, litigation support and trial preparation. Prerequisites: PL 101 and CAS 133. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Prepare timekeeping records using software relied upon in law offices
  • Conduct conflict checks using software designed to prevent ethical conflicts for lawyers
  • Utilize legal software for litigation support and trial preparation.
  • Identify and participate in strategic planning regarding electronic discovery issues

Course Activities and Design

This course will be taught in a computer lab.  It will have required text; required readings 

Classroom lecture and discussion; review of tutorials; hands on use of computer software; assignments and review of assignments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Testing: midterm, final, and quizzes

Assignments reviewed, graded

Attendance and class participation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Skills developed in this class will include:

Understanding legal timekeeping and billing and use of computer software to track this information; ability to enter time and expense slips and generate bills; organize and retrieve information with the litigation support software; use of case management functions; conflicts checker software; and trial software use and applicability.