The LTA establishes fluency for legal professionals with the basic technology tools of their trade.

The Legal Technology Assessment (“LTA”) is a benchmark assessment and a training platform. The results of which can be used for marketing, professional development, team assembly, on-boarding, rate negotiation, invoice review, provider differentiation, and more. Above all, however, benchmarked scores should be used to ensure legal professionals are getting the training they need on the technologies they use every day.

The LTA pairs competence-based assessments with synchronous, active learning in order to provide effective tailored training.

“After using NSLT for several years in my law office technology class, I’m finding the LTA to be a valuable, cost-effective compliment. With the LTA, students appreciate working directly with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe to reinforce what they’ve learned with NSLT, as well as to learn other legal-specific skills.”

Edmunds
Ted Chen, J.D.
Associate Faculty, Edmunds College

Why it Works

The LTA is taken in a completely live environment on example documents. On the first Microsoft Word task, for example, users are instructed to turn off track changes and delete comments. The software automatically opens another document for the student to execute this directive. It’s a real-world, hands-on approach to learning that has proven to increase retention considerably.

Our platform is browser-based, hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Virtually any browser, operating system, and Microsoft Office version will work and no special software is needed.

By pairing competence-based assessments with synchronous learning, the LTA augments traditional training in a number of ways:

Tailored Training

We recognize everyone has a different level of proficiency with Microsoft Office and PDF software. In on-boarding, the LTA can distinguish and segment users based on their individual strengths and deficiencies. No need to spend time learning what you already know!

Reality Check

Most users don’t know what they don’t know. There is a significant gap between true proficiency and perceived expertise. Our assessment structure not only brings awareness to features some don’t even know exist, but helps users learn them as well.

Active Learning

Answers can be memorized—skills must be practiced and learned. With lecture-style learning, trainees are passive and unengaged. The LTA dramatically increases retention by engaging trainees to actively use the skills they are trying to acquire.

Validation

With traditional technology training, students can prove they sat in a room or endured a specified number of slides. Whether they actually learned anything is a matter of speculation. Time spent is a poor measurement of learning. Competence-based assessments establish an initial baseline and then measure progress against that baseline in realtime.

Self-Direction

Different people learn different ways. Some thrive with a live teacher. Others are too embarrassed to ask questions. As long as sufficient training resources of varying modalities are made available, the validation component of LTA allows trainees to self-direct their remedial efforts and substantiate how effective those efforts actually were.

“Our firm has embraced Procertas LTA because we believe it’s important to show our clients that we are not only working harder for them but working smarter. Ensuring that everyone at the firm has a minimum level of competency with the software we use most is one way we achieve that goal. LTA teaches valuable skills that can be put to use immediately.”

Gowling WLG
Kevin Larsen & Indira Pal
Information Technology, Gowling WLC

What is Covered?

The Legal Technology Assessment is fully customizable and always evolving. The features tested in the standard LTA modules are as follows:

Word Contract

  • Accept/Turn-off changes & comments
  • Cut & Paste Replace text
  • Format text
  • Footers
  • Insert hyperlink
  • Apply/Modify style
  • Insert/Update cross-references
  • Insert page break
  • Insert non-breaking space
  • Clean document properties
  • Create comparison document

Word Brief

  • Headings
  • Sub-Headings
  • Table of Contents
  • Table of Authorities
  • Mark Citation
  • Tabs
  • Widow/Orphan
  • Non-Breaking Hyphen
  • Section Break
  • Add a Line
  • Insert Table
  • Format Table
  • Page Numbers
  • Convert to PDF

Word Memo

  • Headings
  • Change margins
  • Footnotes
  • Insert image
  • Modify footer
  • Tabs
  • Widow/Orphan
  • Non-Breaking
  • Hyphen
  • Section Break
  • Page orientation
  • Insert Table
  • Format Table
  • Page Numbers
  • Convert to PDF

Excel for Law

  • Copy/Rename worksheet
  • Insert column
  • Format column width
  • Format text
  • Sort
  • Filter
  • Remove duplicates
  • Divide
  • Count
  • Sum
  • Average
  • Prepare to print
  • Pivot table
  • Pivot chart

PDF for Law

  • Convert Word & Excel docs to PDF
  • Create single PDF from multiple files
  • Recognize text (OCR)
  • Extract page
  • Highlight text
  • Redact information
  • Insert footer
  • Create bookmark
  • Create internal link
  • Remove hidden info
  • Password protect

PowerPoint for Law

  • Add Slide
  • Duplicate Slide
  • Copy Slide
  • Insert Text
  • Insert Image
  • Align Text (to slide)
  • Callout Information
  • Insert Video
  • Set Video Playback
  • Transition
  • Animation
  • Change Aspect
  • Companion Handout
  • Presentation Mode

BlueBook Citation

  • Case Name Abbreviation
  • Titles of Judges and Officials
  • Parenthetical Information Regarding Cases
  • Numerals and Symbols
  • Related Authority/Abbreviations
  • Case Name Abbreviation
  • Legislative Documents
  • Explanatory Phrases
  • Case Name Abbreviation
  • Periodical Materials – Newspapers
  • Numerals and Symbols
  • Case Name Abbreviation
  • Reporters and Other Sources/United States Jurisdictions
  • Short Forms for Cases
  • Case Name Abbreviation/Numerals and Symbols
  • Abbreviations/United States Jurisdictions
  • United States Jurisdictions/Explanatory Phrases
  • Periodical Materials
  • Citation Sentences and Clauses/Periodic Materials
  • Periodical Materials
  • Citation Sentences and Clause/Order of Signals
  • Capitalization
  • Introductory Signals
  • Pages, Footnotes, Endnotes, and Graphical Materials
  • Order of Parentheticals
  • Capitalization/Titles of Judges and Officials
  • Case Name Abbreviation
  • Titles of Judges and Officials
  • Typeface Conventions for Citations
  • Introductory Signals/Typeface Conventions for Citations
  • Parenthetical Information
  • Numerals and Symbols
  • Abbreviations/United States Jurisdictions
  • Pages, Footnotes, Endnotes, and Graphical Materials
  • Short Forms for Cases
  • Parallel Case Citations
  • Parallel Case Citations/Court and Jurisdiction
  • Public Domain Format/United States Jurisdictions
  • Short Forms for Cases

How it’s Scored

When taking the LTA, each student has a unique username and password that enables individual score tracking. At the completion of each module, the user and/or their organization is sent the score. The score sheet identifies specific deficiencies and enables the creation of individually tailored training curriculum.

Performance
Whether or not the user completed the task correctly.

Target Time
Approximation of how long the task should take a qualified user. This is determined by doubling the expert time (with a minimum of one minute and thirty seconds).

Actual Time
How long a particular task took the user to complete.

Default Time
Approximation of how long the task would take a beginner.

Assessed Time
Equals the actual time if the task is performed correctly. All assessed times that exceed the target times, even those where the individual performed the task correctly, are highlighted in red. This is a quick, visual cue to indicate where the user needs to improve. The individual score report is not only a record of how well the user performed, it is also a mechanism to create an individually-tailored learning plan.

Certification

Procertas offers a first-of-its kind integrated benchmarking and training platform focused on improving quality and increasing efficiency on the utilization of basic office technology that you already use as a legal professional. We pair competence-based assessments with synchronous, active learning in a completely live environment.

Our Certified Operator of Basic Office Technology (“COBOT”) scale is designated on a per-module basis for each user. Students earn COBOT digital badges to easily share verified proof of qualifications wherever they choose.

We have partnered with Credly’s Acclaim Platform to distribute and validate these badges in applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat.

LTA Badges