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The Paralegal Studies Program at Roosevelt University  is a full-service legal education program, designed to support paralegals throughout their careers. CLE seminars are generally held in the Spring and Summer and are open to anyone with an interest in the law. All seminars are held in Chicago, unless otherwise specified. Seminars do not include refreshments or meals, but each will have a break.

Our CLE seminars are designed for paralegal students who wish to expand on what they are learning in their classes, experienced paralegals seeking to expand their skills in a new area of law, or paralegals who wish to refresh their skills. The seminars are not designed to prepare someone for entry into the paralegal profession. If you are interested in paralegal training that will prepare you to enter the profession, visit the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or Bachelor's Degree programs.

The Paralegal Studies Program does not seek or receive approval from the American Bar Association for the CLE seminars it offers or for any aspect of the CLE program.

Who Should Attend

Our CLE seminars are designed for experienced paralegals seeking to expand their skills in a new area of law or for paralegals who have been away from the field for a brief time to refresh their skills. The seminars are not designed to prepare someone for entry into the paralegal profession. If you are interested in paralegal training that will prepare you to enter the profession with confidence, view the curriculum in our online catalog to learn about our ABA-Approved Paralegal Studies Program.

Confirmation of Registration & Cancellation Policy

Confirmations are emailed upon receipt of payment. All cancellations must be received, in writing, two days prior to the seminar in order to receive a refund.

Seminar Descriptions

SEMINAR: CaseMap/TimeMap/TextMap – PART 1/PART 2

This course provides paralegals with an overview of the LexisNexis litigation software programs CaseMap, TimeMap and TextMap CaseMap is the case analysis program that puts a chronology of a case, the research for that case, and all documents in one set of spreadsheets. CaseMap puts an entire paper file on the computer. TextMap is the transcript management software that allows lawyers and paralegals to electronically annotate and abstract deposition and trial transcripts. TimeMap is a timeline graphing tool to help litigators visually present the facts of a case to aid the judge, jury, and opposing counsel in following the chronology of the case.

The emphasis will be placed on how these software applications help paralegals organize research, documents, and deposition transcripts in preparation for depositions and trials. A hands-on approach will be used, with students searching, abstracting, annotating transcripts, doing issue coding and creating chronologies. The instructor will present an introduction to utilizing these applications in the entire litigation process electronically, and will demonstrate how the applications integrate with each other. Part 1 will focus on CaseMap and TimeMap and Part 2 will focus on TextMap and a review CaseMap and TimeMap.

SEMINAR: DISCO

Disco is another new document reviewing tool. The instructor will present an overview and “tour” of the program and there will be some exercises to illustrate the ways in which Disco can be used by paralegals in the First Pass and Second Pass reviews when preparing for E-Discovery litigation.

SEMINAR: Concordance

This course will present paralegals with an overview of the litigation support process, utilizing the litigation support software applications Concordance and Concordance Image Viewer. Emphasis will be placed on how these software applications help paralegals organize a case throughout the discovery process. A hands-on approach is taken, with students spending some time on the computer with the instructor. The instructor will present an introduction to utilizing and integrating both applications. Students will be shown many elements of the applications, including searching, tagging, editing, annotating, and producing images.

Meet the Instructor

James Fine

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • M.A., Northwestern University;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law

Mr. Fine, formerly with the FDIC, is currently in a solo practice at The Law office of James Fine in Lake Forest, Illinois, where his specialties are bankruptcy and business litigation. He has taught corporate law, real estate, litigation, legal technology and legal research and writing courses and seminars in the Paralegal Studies Program since 1983. He also taught legal research and writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s law school. In 2004, Mr. Fine was appointed to a full-time Lecturer position with the Paralegal Studies Program.