Overview

There is a growing need for paralegals and legal professionals to fill the technology gap in the legal world. Students and legal professionals who complete this concentration will immediately contribute to employers with regard to legal technology use. Among other responsibilities, they will be able to suggest appropriate software for billing, word processing, discovery document processing, e-discovery case management, document organization, and case management, as well as use various software programs to make common tasks in a legal environment more efficient and cost effective.

Highlights

  • Concentration may be embedded into the BA Legal Studies or the Paralegal Certificate program without requiring any additional units
  • Non-degree-seeking students may enroll through JFKU Continuing Education
  • Most courses taken online

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Concentration Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

This 12-unit concentration may be completely embedded in the Legal Studies Paralegal Certificate program. 4 of the 12 units are already required for the certificate, and the remaining 8 units may be taken to satisfy the 8 units of legal specialty coursework also required for the certificate.

The following 4 courses are required to complete the concentration.

Courses
Units
PLS3010 Legal Technology Applications
4
This 4-unit course is offered completely online in the Winter and Summer quarters. This course provides training on software used for communication, creating legal documents and presentations in a legal environment, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, and Outlook. Students will be exposed to legal-specific software in terms of billing, document management, case management, and trial presentation software used in our legal community. Specifically, students will perform hands-on training and exercises in: Clio, TimeMap, Relativity, Nuance, Workshare, Sanction, and TrialDirector.
PLS3046 Project Management in E-Discovery
2
This 2-unit course is offered completely online in the Winter quarter. Paralegals are often depended on to coordinate much of the discovery process in civil litigation. Taking on this role requires that paralegals are familiar with and understand e-discovery rules, requirements, and procedures. Students in this course will learn the basic principles of project management, and how to apply these established principles to each phase of the e-discovery process.
Courses
Units
PLS3047 Advanced Legal Technology
4
This 4-unit course is offered completely online in the Spring quarter. This course provides advanced training on software used for communication, and the creation and management of legal documents and presentations in a legal environment, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FileSite, Workshare Compare, and NetDocuments. Students will learn how to use software commonly utilized in law firms and other legal environments for team collaboration with a focus on the capabilities of Office 365, including, but not limited to, Sway, OneNote and SharePoint. Students will also learn about the latest legal-related apps.
PLS3048 Trial Presentation Skills
2
This 2-unit hybrid course is offered in the Spring quarter. Students are required to attend four in-person sessions. In this hybrid course, students will gain live, hands-on experience with the legal trial presentation software TrialDirector. Specifically, students will learn the basic rules of evidence, and to prepare and display trial exhibits, and synchronize deposition videos. Students will also learn how to set-up the equipment needed for live trial presentation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity (optional) to gain experience with live trial presentation by operating TrialDirector in the summer mock trials for the law school.
Courses
Units
PLS3047 Advanced Legal Technology
4
This 4-unit course is offered completely online in the Spring quarter. This course provides advanced training on software used for communication, and the creation and management of legal documents and presentations in a legal environment, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FileSite, Workshare Compare, and NetDocuments. Students will learn how to use software commonly utilized in law firms and other legal environments for team collaboration with a focus on the capabilities of Office 365, including, but not limited to, Sway, OneNote and SharePoint. Students will also learn about the latest legal-related apps.
PLS3048 Trial Presentation Skills
2
This 2-unit hybrid course is offered in the Spring quarter. Students are required to attend four in-person sessions. In this hybrid course, students will gain live, hands-on experience with the legal trial presentation software TrialDirector. Specifically, students will learn the basic rules of evidence, and to prepare and display trial exhibits, and synchronize deposition videos. Students will also learn how to set-up the equipment needed for live trial presentation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity (optional) to gain experience with live trial presentation by operating TrialDirector in the summer mock trials for the law school.

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