Center for Continuing Studies

Software Essentials for the Legal Office

WIOA Certified

This is an accelerated online course for legal professionals who want to improve their skills and knowledge of computer technology and programs commonly used in law offices.

Hands-on exercises will teach you:

  • how to work with programs such as MS PowerPoint, Practice Master’s Tabs 3, AbacusLaw, Trial Director and LexisNexis Casemap & TimeMap;
  • common billing procedures and payment agreements, accurate time tracking, proper calendar and docketing procedures; and
  • processes for electronic discovery.

Through real-life scenarios, you'll examine ethical issues involved in the use of technology in a legal practice.


  • Introduction to computers
  • Legal timekeeping and billing software
  • Databases, case management & docket control software
  • Electronic discovery
  • Litigation support software
  • The electric courthouse, automated courtroom & presentation graphics


  • You are expected to spend at least 50 hours of study, or about 9 hours per lesson, reading and completing writing assignments.
  • Extensions are not granted for this online course.
  • 70 percent is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments.

What you earn

Successful graduates earn a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University, and a certificate of course hours completed from The Center for Legal Studies.

2019 Sessions

Cost: $729

  • Oct. 21 - Dec. 6

2020 Sessions

Cost: $995

  • Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24
  • May 4 - June 19
  • June 29 - Aug. 14
  • Aug. 24 - Oct. 9
Materials: "Using Computers in the Law Office Bundle for CLS" and "Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition" can be ordered through our partner, The Center for Legal Studies.

Alternate registrations

  • 800-522-7737, and pay by credit card
  • Complete this form (PDF) to pay by check or purchase order

Need a payment plan?  Two easy steps:

  1. Complete a registration form (PDF), then submit it by email or mail
  2. Contact to initiate your payment plan

What is required?

  • 25 percent down-payment
  • Monthly payments 
  • Nonrefundable $30 enrollment fee

Ways to Pay:

  • Auto Debit - automatically deducts payment from checking/savings account
  • Pay via mobile apps
  • Online - log on to make a one-time payment
  • Mail a payment 
  • Online bank payment  through your bank's online bill pay service

Contact: Angela Olson