Certificate Program

Certificate in Legal Technology and Law Practice Management

Students will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Legal Technology and Law Practice Management.  This Certificate is designed to accomplish two complementary objectives:

  1. Enable law students who intend to go into solo or small law firm practice upon bar passage to be “practice ready” by training them in the skills necessary to create a law firm business plan and to execute on a business plan, either one that they develop within the course or one that they develop at a later point in time;
  2. Provide training in legal practice technologies that:
  • Enhance a law graduate’s capabilities as a solo or small firm practitioner, or
  • open up new career opportunities in larger law firms and organizations that are employing advanced legal technologies as part of their core organizational competence and competitive strategy.

To earn the Certificate, students must successfully earn ten credits by:

  • Completing the following required courses:  Law Practice Technology and Management (3 credits) and Ethics of Practicing in a Digital World (1 credit)
  • Completing at least one of the following courses:  Legal Document Automation (2 credits) and Legal Expert Systems (2 credits)
  • Choosing from these elective courses to earn at least ten credits from the Center curriculum:  Access to Justice and Legal Technology (1 credit), eDiscovery Management (1 credit), Introduction to Law Practice Operations Management (1 credit), Lawyers as  Entrepreneurs (1 credit), Social Media in Law Practice (1 credit), Project Management for Lawyers (1 credit)

There are no prerequisites for any course. Thus students may register for individual courses without working towards the Certificate. 

All courses will be offered through an online learning format.  Thus, students will be able to progress through the materials at times most convenient for their own schedules.  To ensure students are engaged and comprehending the material, all courses will employ simulation exercises and significant opportunities to interact with the professor.  In addition, there will be peer to peer communication between student teams, including supporting threaded discussions groups.  Recorded lectures will also be accompanied by guided instructional materials.