— Adam S.
I had a great experience with CLS. Well-organized content, accessible instructors, engaging coursework. Overall a great experience.
About this course
This dynamic course is designed for professionals who currently work or are interested in working in a law office, and who want to improve their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Successful graduates of this course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the college or university of their choice.
Flexible online education
For over 40 years, CLS has provided students with flexible and effective legal education through a variety of formats catered to a busy life. All formats are designed and updated to remain on pace with the current industry, and are taught by working professionals. Software Essentials for the Law Office is offered 100% online, so you can complete your coursework around your schedule while still benefiting from regular instructor and peer interaction.
Classes are available from any computer with internet access. This course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office.
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- Delivers hands-on practical application exercises and software trials for enhanced examination of software concepts.
- Ethical considerations regarding the use of technology in a law office are addressed in every lesson.
- Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students.
About California State University San Marcos
Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos is a new kind of university — technologically sophisticated, fully engaged in the community and pushing the boundaries of innovation. Our hands-on, real-world curriculum and applied research fuels the creativity that yields ideas to solve critical 21st century problems.
Course topics include computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery; and trial presentation and graphics software. Hands-on exercises will prepare students to work with popular programs such as MS PowerPoint, Clio and LexisNexis CaseMap & TimeMap, as well as understand the common functions and purposes of similar programs.
There is no shortage of need for skilled and educated law office professionals. That’s why it’s important for you to stand out and broaden your knowledge. Increase your marketability and earning potential by learning the software skills today’s hiring firms are looking for in job candidates. Learn more.
Frequently asked questions
CLS courses are designed for adult students and are taught on a college level. Minimum requirements to take any of our courses are a high school diploma or GED, and to be 18 years of age prior to enrollment.
Traditional financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) usually do not apply to these courses due to their continuing education status. Please view our Payment Options information to explore possible options.
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— Anna I.
CLS allowed me to get my certificate from the comfort of my own home and I loved that I could choose which main university the certificate would be coming from as well. Thank you for the positive experience!
— Jodi B.
I was very impressed with the course content, knowledge and availability of the professor and pace of the course. Definitely recommend CLS!
— Josh M.
The feedback from the online instructors and the CLS administrative staff was excellent! This was one of the most important factors for me since it is an online program. The online element of the CLS program is convenient, efficient and, to an certain extent, personalized to fit anyone’s particular needs.
— Melanie R.
I enjoyed the CLS program because it was flexible, practical, and educational. All objectives were clearly laid out each week and I learned so much from all the reading and assignments. You work hard for your grades and it definitely pays off.
— Brian H.
The online courses are great and convenient. They are perfect for someone working part or full-time.
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