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Procertas is an online resource to help you master specific tasks in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe PDF editing that are commonly done in law practice. The Word modules offer training specific to Briefs, Memos, and drafting Contracts. Additional modules offer Bluebooking citation formats both at basic and advanced levels.

View a list of skills covered in each module.

How to set up a Procertas account:

  • Pitt Law students, faculty, and staff can set up a Procertas account by following the instructions on the Welcome/Activation email they receive from Procertas. If you can't find your email, go to the Procertas log-in page and click "Resend activation link" towards the bottom right of the screen. 

  • Pitt Law Alumni may create a Procertas account by emailing Procertas with a request for access. Please include your name, class year, and email address. 

With successful completion of the Legal Technology Assessment (LTA) exercises, digital badges to demonstrate competence in these tasks can be downloaded and displayed. 


Procertas works in three stages:

  1. DemonstrationEach task in the trainer module comes with a video that shows exactly what must be clicked or typed in order to complete the task.  These videos can be watched multiple times before moving on to the next step.
  2. Practice - You can then try to perform the task by working on the document yourself.  You will download the Procertas example document, make the changes needed by following the steps in the video tutorial, and upload the modified document back to the Procertas website, which will then tell you whether you completed the changes correctly.  You can practice each task multiple times.
  3. Assessment - When you feel comfortable with the required steps to complete a task, you can then move on to the assessment module, which does not include any training tips or videos, and grades you on the time taken to complete the task, and how accurately you made the required changes.  In order to qualify for the LTA badges, you must complete each task correctly and within a given time limit.

Procertas will help you develop skills such as:

  • Creating legal briefs and drafting contracts
  • Sorting data in an Excel spreadsheet
  • Tracking changes in a Word document
  • Adding annotations to a PDF document

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Earning a Qualified or Expert rating for the Assessment portion of a module will earn you a Certification (Certified Operator of Basic Office Technology (COBOT) which can be added to your resume as well as digital badges to add to your LinkedIn Profile.

Digital Badges include:

Gold Badges

  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft Word 
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft Word Brief 
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft Word Memo 
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Portable Document Format 
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft Excel
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft PowerPoint 
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft Outlook
  • Procertas COBOT Expert Microsoft Word Brief 

Silver Badges 

  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft Word
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft Brief
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft Word Memo
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Portable Document Format 
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft Excel
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft PowerPoint 
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft Outlook
  • Procertas COBOT Qualified Microsoft Word Brief 


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The LTA  is a benchmark assessment and training platform. The results can be used for professional development and legal technology skills-building. 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.

(This information taken from Procertas' website).

Procertas will work on any browser and on both PC and MAC.  The platform is browser-based and any Microsoft Office version will work; no special software is needed.