Harford Community College
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Technology in the Law Office
PL110-01, CRN 20818
Room L113 (Library) Wednesday evening 7pm-9:50pm
Textbook: Technology in the Law Office, Second Edition; Author: Thomas F. Goldman; ISBN 13: 978-0-13-505682-0
HARFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PL-110-01 TECHNOLOGY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
THEODORA J. MCMAHON (DOROTHE)
ROOM L113 (LIBRARY) 7:00PM-9:50PM
Office Hours: By appointment only
Technology in the Law Office, Second Edition
Author: Thomas F. Goldman
ISBN 13: 978-0-13-505682-0
This course provides an overview of the application of technology in the legal setting. Students learn the basics of computer hardware and software as well as purchase considerations. A major emphasis is placed on legal word processing and its applications in pleadings and correspondence. Telecommunications, computer assisted legal research, Internet, and other technology utilized in the law office are explored. Students are required to take this course prior to PL 106. (3 credits)
Students will gain a basic understanding of the applications of technology in the law office.
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES LINKED TO ACADEMIC OUTCOMES:
Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to
Interactive lecture, demonstration, cooperative learning, discussion, computer assignments and case studies.
A = 90-100% 360-400 points
B = 80-89% 320-356 points
C = 70-79% 280-319 points
D = 60-69% 240-279 points
F = below 60%
COURSE AND COLLEGE POLICIES
"Students are expected to attend all instructional sessions unless….." See HCC Catalog, 2009-10, p. 39. Class attendance and participation is a factor in the final grade you receive. Anyone missing more than 3 class periods, without reasonable cause, may receive a zero for class participation. If your circumstances change this semester so that you start missing classes, contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternatives for continuing in the course.
Assignments should be turned in on the due date. Tests should be taken on the scheduled date. If a conflict develops with a test date, contact the instructor as soon as possible. 10% of the total score available on assignments will be deducted for each class period after due date when assignments are late. ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED AS ATTACHMENTS TO AN E-MAIL. THE ATTACHMENTS ARE TO BE IN WORD OR EXCEL DOCUMENT FORMAT.
HCC students are bound by the academic policies outlined in the most current HCC Catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to review these policies prior to the start of the semester. Students will be familiar with and adhere to the policies and sanctions governing student conduct as written in the HCC Catalog. The HCC Catalog may be accessed online at:
The HCC policy on cheating provides that "copying in tests and examinations, cribbing in term papers or assignments, and plagiarism in all its forms can not be condoned." See Student Code, Proscribed Conduct, C(1)-(4)). Any student cheating on any tests or papers for this course will receive a zero for that assignment and may be denied credit for the course or suspended from school. See also at Harford.edu/library site on "How to Avoid Plagiarism". HCC students are bound by the academic policies outlined in the most current HCC Catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to review these policies prior to the start of each semester.
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HCC is committed to serving students who have documented physical, learning, psychological, or other disabilities. Students who have a disability are responsible for contacting Disability Support Services at 443-412-2402 to discuss their needs for accommodations. All information shared with Disability Support Services will be held in confidence.
Please respect the following rules:
This class is preparing you for entrance
to the legal profession. Civility and collegiality are hallmarks of
the profession, and things that are demanded of its members. With
this in mind, you are expected to be courteous to, and cooperative
with, your fellow classmates, your instructors, and any guests who
enter this classroom. Anyone exhibiting a lack of civility and/or
collegiality will be asked
The instructor has in his sole discretion the option of creating new policies or modifying existing policies and/or this syllabus, provided reasonable notice is given to students.
All of the reading assignments should be completed before the class in which the material is to be discussed. All students are expected to participate in discussions and problem solving activities in class. When appropriate, students are accountable for concepts and theories expressed in handouts.
You are expected to read each assigned project chapter prior to the lecture. Lectures will discuss highlights of the project for that week. Additional computer exercises will be completed in class.
For each computer assignment:
Week 1 01/25/12 Technology in the Law Office Chapter 1
Week 2 02/01/12 Legal Ethics in a Technology Age Chapter 2
Computer Hardware and Software Chapter 3
Week 3 02/08/12 The Internet and Electronic Mail Chapter 4
Electronic Research Chapter 5
Week 4 02/15/12 Word Processing Chapter 6
Week 5 02/22/12 Electronic Spreadsheets Chapter 7
Electronic Databases Chapter 8
Week 6 02/29/12 MIDTERM
The Paperless Office Chapter 9
Week 7 03/07/12 Office Management Software Chapter 10
Week 8 03/14/12 Case Organization and Management Software Chapter 11
Week 9 03/21/12 NO CLASS – COLLEGE CLOSED
Week 10 03/28/12 Tabs3
Week 11 04/04/12 Electronic Discovery – The Fundamentals Chapter 12
Electronic Discovery – Rules and Procedures Chapter 13
Week 12 04/11/12 Litigation Support Chapter 14
Week 13 04/18/12 Presentation and Trial Graphics Chapter 15
Week 14 04/25/12 The Electronic Courthouse Chapter 16
Week 15 05/02/12 FINAL EXAM