First Set of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers
This is a course with 5 hours CPD for reasonably experienced internet users exploring topics with legal relevance,
mainly related to the UK.
AccreditationThe materials (part reading matter and part online tutorials) can be used to qualify for CPD hours as follows:
There is a straight forward test required for this course, submitted online. See below for more details.
Course Aims and contentsStudy One - Parliament and the Legislative Process
The processes of Parliament are available on the web, including current Bills, the stage they have reached, Parliamentary Committees and Hansard. We look at the site which provides Acts and S.I.'s. and also look briefly at the Statute Law Database.
Study Two - Government Online
Most Government bodies are now online and some of the web sites are very extensive. The main “Directgov” site is examined as well as the Ministry of Justice site and Her Majesty's Court Service. The Government is committed to providing a large proportion of its interactions with businesses and individuals online over the next few years.
Study Three - Free Sources for Legal Research Online
This Study looks at the free case law and current awareness sources available to lawyers which are available without charge from publishers, journals, courts, lawyers and legal bodies. In particular, it covers the very useful site of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (“BAILII”).
Study Four - Publishers' Sources for Legal Research Online
The study considers the way that legal publishing has developed in the internet age and then covers the most important subscription sources of legal research material available from four of the main legal publishers online.
Study Five - Practice Management Online
Until quite recently, most firms and chambers have assumed that they will run their own practice management system on their own premises. This is however beginning to change with a new breed of practice management systems which can be run online. This study looks at the pros and cons of "Software as a Service".
Intended Learning OutcomesOn completion of this course, you will have an awareness of:
Course TestThere is a straight forward test required for this course, submitted online. The questions are not on substantive issues of the law but are designed to check that you have read the materials provided, visited some of the main legal web sites described and considered the issues involved.
The questions are provided online and the practitioner can see the questions whilst going through the materials (but should note that the questions change from time to time).
There are ten questions. Most of the questions consist of two parts.
I am normally able to mark the tests, and send an email indicating whether or not you have passed, within 2 working days.
The pass rate is 70 percent and practitioners may submit one further set of questions if they fail the test the first time.
Special BonusAs a special bonus we will include a complimentary subscription to the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers & Law 2.0 until the end of 2010 with any two courses purchased. This essentially keeps you up to date with legal web developments for a whole year. If you already have a subscription to the Newsletter in the same name, your subscription period will be extended to the end of 2010.
Course EvaluationThere is an online form available for this purpose, which the practitioner can fill in after submitting the online test. Questions asked: