NOTE:  The following is a summary of the course requirements.  The actual class syllabus and all course material will be facilitated via your CANVAS LMS

LEGAL 153 - Technology in the Law / 4e 
Online Course - via Canvas LMS
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Book: Technology in the Law Office / Thomas Goldman

ISBN-10: 0133802574 • ISBN-13: 9780133802573©2016

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Duties of paralegals from complaint to trial or mediation. Students will gain experience retrieving, organizing, and maintaining documents; docketing and tickling, methods to ensure timelines of pleadings and other actions; use of database and full-text retrieval systems; and time-keeping for proper billing of clients

Prerequisite: LEGL 151 and 152. CIS 136 and 141.

Must have a default email listed in your student profile


This class is online via your Canvas LMS platform on SPSCC.  The course material can be accessed from any internet connected device, including mobile devices and smartphone via Canvas App.

See these references links for Canvas Apps: Ipad  -  Android 

This online course relies on material from your book, including video case scenarios, and introductions to material.  You will be expected to navigate the course material as it is laid out your Canvas modules and complete the chapter work on schedule. There short online chapter quizzes for each chapter of your book.  While the weekly quizzes are not timed, they are date sensitive and cannot be accessed beyond their due date.  Late submission are not accepted.

 In the Canvas navigation menu on the left you will see a DISCUSSION link that will take you our course discussion platform. I will be posting topical subject matter relevant to our course.  You may be interested to read it and leave your well thought out comments.  While this is not a graded event it can be informative. If you have something you think you classmates would be interested in reading related to our course, just send me a short email via Canvas messaging and I’ll consider it for posting.

 In addition, you will be completing a course project.  This “Check List" type project will provide real-time experience using many cloud based applications.  These services are used by many of today’s modern law offices, and while you don’t need to become an expert in their use, you need to be able to navigate them successfully.   Below is a short list of online/cloud services we’ll be 'checking off your list' : 

 Cloud platforms and collaboration

MS Office Live (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote) (MS account required--get a free one here
One Drive
Google Drive & Google Docs. shared documents 

Law Office Management platforms:

We will be using to gain experience using an online law office matter/case/ management tool.  Many of today's law firms manage their practice in virtual (online or hybrid) environments.  While there are many versions out there they all provide basic law practice management platforms that can range from small and solo practice offices, to large corporate law offices.   

We will be using as a generic sample of a law office management tool. Project details will be posted in Week Four module.

 *Note:  all the above services are free but most will require registration.  Please make sure you student profile has your correct email address as this is the one I will use to send you information and registrations links.


Detailed information on your course project can be found in your introduction module in Canvas 



Upon successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the impact and use of technology by the legal profession and the courts
  • Explain the ethical issues in using technology in the practice of law.
  • Describe the different types of software and hardware used by the legal team.
  • Explain the use of the Internet and cloud computing in the law office and the courthouse.
  • Describe how to use word processing tools and specialty features.
  • Describe how to use spreadsheet programs and create specialty spreadsheets for use in the law office.
  • Explain the functions and uses of databases in the law offices
  • Describe how technology can improve efficiency and effectiveness in the legal workplace.
  • Explain the value of office management programs for the efficient operation of the law office.
  • Describe the value and use of case management programs
  • Explain how technology has changed discovery practice
  • Describe the obligations and issues in the preservation of electronically stored information and the potential sanctions for its spoliation.
  • Explain the electronic discovery process and the issues in discovering relevant electronically stored evidence
  • Describe the ethical issues in the review of electronically stored information.
  • Describe the elements of the electronic courtroom and their uses by the legal team
  • Explain the value of the use of graphics in litigation and create a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Describe various cloud platforms and document sharing applications used in a law office.