Online Law Practice Management & General Self-Study MCLE Quizzes

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Internet For Lawyers offers the following online SELF-STUDY MCLE quizzes for California Attorneys and Paralegals seeking to fulfill their "General" or "Law Practice Management" minimum continuing legal education requirement.

How to Research the U.S. Code Online

Locating Government Documents on the Internet

Corporate Research

Public Records

Free California Internet Legal Research: Cases, Dockets, and Forms

Finding Entertainment Law Resources Online: From Scholarship to Scandal

Admissibility of Internet Evidence*

1 hour of self-study credit

Continuing Legal Education Online*

1 hour of self-study credit

New York and Arizona attorneys may also claim MCLE credit when completing these quizzes. (See below for more information.)

How to Research the U.S. Code Online

There are three web sites that offer free access to searchable databases of the United States Code (U.S.C.).

Even though all use the same Code (prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives), the House site is more up-to-date than the GPO or Cornell site (and also goes back further in time) often making the House’s web version of the Code the preferred choice. Being "more up to date," however, does not mean current as of today. The U.S. Code is published only every six years by The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives and is then supplemented on a regular basis.

Clear explanations and hyperlinks to Internet research resources lead you on a search for real-life answers to to real-life research scenarios. Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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Government Document Research

Locating Government Documents on the Internet

There are literally thousands of Federal, State, and local government agencies generating documents on innumerable topics important to lawyers in their practices.

The questions in this quiz, and the accompanying fact patterns, highlight three sources for this diverse and useful data, and feature hyperlinks and explanations of the sites' search functions to take you directly there so you can learn to dig up this information for yourself.

The reading material and fact patterns are integrated into the quiz. There is no separate article that accompanies this exercise.

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Corporate Research From Due Diligence to Corporate Intelligence

Say you're working on a big case, and you need as much information on the opposing company as possible. Or perhaps you're pitching a potential new client, and want to know everything about their business for your presentation. Maybe your clientâs competition is developing a new product or you want to read all the news stories about some development that will affect your business or your clientsâ. Do you know how to get that information quickly online? And for free?

Clear explanations and hyperlinks to Internet research resources lead you on a search for a real-life answer to questions about a real-world companies.

Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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Public Records

How Public Are Public Records?

The term "public record" has always been VERY misleading. Even though a record is "public" and available for public scrutiny in the strictest sense, in reality it may not be readily available. The availability of numerous public records online via the Internet has addressed some of the accessibililty issues, but just as it's always been in the "offline" world, access to free public records via the web is a hit or miss proposition.

Each question in this quiz, and the companion article, feature, an outline of the type of information included in each specific resource discussed, and a hyperlink to take you directly there so you can see for yourself.

Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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Free California Internet Legal Research: Cases, Dockets, and Forms

On July 6, 2000, Lexis debuted LexisONE.com, the first web site to offer a FREE, FULL TEXT searchable California case-law database (back to 1996). The free LexisONE site offers almost the same robust search engine for constructing searches as the pay Lexis site. One month later, FindLaw.com (now owned by West Publishing) debuted its free California case-law database (back to 1934). The Daily Journal Corporation also offers case-law research resources free online to subscribers of its print newspapers.

Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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Finding Entertainment Law Resources Online: From Scholarship to Scandal

Type “entertainment” into the Google search engine, and "about 162,000,000" results appear with E! Online topping the list. Type “entertainment law” into the Google search engine, and about 40,000,000 results are listed, with a Beverly Hills entertainment attorney's site listed first, and the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT) not far behind. From the lowbrow to the highbrow, these searches offer an excellent summary of the range of online sources that entertainment attorneys use to stay informed. More specific questions can be addressed by refining one’s search techniques.

Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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Admissibility of Internet Evidence

Looking For Evidence in Virtual Places

Lawyers looking for evidence need to start thinking about looking “virtually.” With increasing amounts of "paperless" information being added to the Internet every minute of every day, there is an increasing chance lawyers could find potentially relevant evidence there. Evidence to prove or refute a point in contention, get the upper hand in a settlement conference, or decide whether to even take a client’s case, might be found in both the near and far reaches of the Internet.

Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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This exercise is eligible for 1 hour of SELF-STUDY credit.

Continuing Legal Education Online

Online MCLE Update: CLE To Go

If you are an attorney or paralegal, probably no day goes by in which you do not receive e-mail about online continuing legal education. As recently as 2000, however, you would not have received any, because the State Bar of California did not approve online continuing education courses until then. Since 2000, online continuing education offerings have evolved to meet increased demand. This article and quiz outline how legal professionals can meet their Continuing Legal Education requirements online.

Read the companion article to learn how to put these resources to work for you.

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This exercise is eligible for 1 hour of SELF-STUDY credit.

NEW YORK: Any of these courses exceeding 60 minutes in length (Corporate Research, Conducting Free California Case Law Research, Finding Entertainment Law Resources Online) are eligible for the amount of CLE credit indicated on each respective quiz under New York's approved jurisdiction procedures. Newly admitted New York attorneys may not earn CLE credit for non-traditional course formats such as this during their first two years of admission to the New York Bar.

ARIZONA: The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for the amount of "Interactive" Continuing Legal Education credit indicated on each respective quiz toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, when used in conjunction with materials available on this site to actively search the Internet for exam solutions.

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