I'm often asked if I can recommend a good introductory course for using an iPad in a law practice, and for a while now, I haven't had a great answer. For example, the book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers by Tom Mighell was very good when it came out in 2011, but it is now outdated. Fortunately, now I have an excellent recommendation: a new online course created by Brett Burney called iPractice on an iPad. Brett Burney started out as a practicing attorney, but then shifted his career towards helping other lawyers use technology. Brett really knows his stuff, and is a past chair of the ABA TECHSHOW. He also publishes the excellent Apps in Law website and podcast. Better yet, Brett is an excellent presenter; I have been impressed both when I have seen him give presentations, and also when he and I have co-presented.
The online course that Brett created has numerous video lessons and associated materials. In total, there is about three hours of video. In the videos, Brett uses both slides and live presentations of iPad software to make it easy to follow all of his advice. And you can pause the video or go back and watch a section again so that you can learn at your own pace.
Brett gave me a sneak peak of his entire course, and the parts that I watched were incredibly informative. The focus of this course is on file management & PDF annotation, and Brett tells you everything that you need to know to store and annotate tons of documents on your iPad. He recommends great apps, and shows you how to use them in your law practice.
You can get a good sense of what the course is like by viewing this video preview of the course:
You can also get much more information about the course on the main website for the course.
The cost is $197, and that includes the ability to watch the course as much as you want and watch any updated sections in the future. Brett offers a 30 day money back guarantee (see his website for details) so you can be sure that you are going to find value in this program.
Brett was also nice enough to offer a discount for a limited number of iPhone J.D. readers. If you are one of the first 10 people to use the coupon code "20iphonejd" when you sign up, you will receive a $20 discount.
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