Lawyers Love PDFs (and You Should Too)

Adobe Reader App in use on a tablet

Adobe Reader App in use on a tablet

PDF is the standard format for filing and exchanging documents in many professions, but the legal setting makes the PDF especially appealing. Not only is the format virtually accessible across all devices making them nearly universally compatible, but the format also ensures work looks right when printed by others. Perhaps even more important than preserving layout and being compatible on the largest number of devices, PDFs are extremely secure protecting your valuable work from others copying or editing the content. You can even limit others ability to open or print your documents if you would like! We all know legal professionals deal with a variety of sensitive information, and PDFs have risen from mere popularity to basic necessity due to their ability to limit or eliminate the type and amount of information others can retrieve from them. Adobe itself even maintains the Acrolaw Blog, a blog dedicated to sharing tips and resources for lawyers, law firms, paralegals, legal IT pros and anyone interested in the use of Acrobat in the legal community. Of course, just knowing how to save files as a PDF isn’t enough these days. In order to get the most use out of the wonders a PDF can offer you need the know-how to create secure documents, and the expertise to do so efficiently certainly helps as well.

On Tuesday, January 27th the law library’s IT Librarian Jason Tubinis and Web Coordinator Rachel Evans will team up to give you the basics of PDF creation, editing and protection. Discover why this format has become so essential to lawyers and how to use the industry’s standard PDF program, Adobe Acrobat X Pro, confidently and efficiently. This legal tech session will deliver valuable how-to tips for editing text, links and objects within PDFs, adding and removing pages, setting up Bates Numbering, document sanitization and encryption, and more. Join fellow students in Classroom B at 11:30 a.m. as the library helps prepare you to be practice-ready with PDFs.

This session is part 2 in a 3 part technology instruction series which aims to educate law students about the Legal Tech Audit and give them skills to competently use Excel, PDFs and Word in a legal setting. For more information about the Legal Tech Audit visit our initial blog post on this series. For more information about future sessions in this series, visit the law library programs web page.

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