Jacobsen Law, PLC


Published by O'Reilly & Associates/Songline Studios 
  • 1st Edition January 1997 
  • ISBN 1-56592-258-1 
  • 254 pages, $29.95 
  •  For a copy, contact the author at (218) 829-1726


From simple email to sophisticated online marketing, Net Law shows how the solo practitioner and the large law firm can turn the Internet into an effective and efficient tool. Through stories from those who've set up pioneering legal Net sites, the book explains how lawyers can successfully integrate the Internet into their practices, sharing lessons learned by the "early adopters" of the Internet. 

What readers are saying about Net Law: 

Robert A. Stein, the Executive Director of the American Bar Association (who wrote the forward to the book): 

  • Paul Jacobsen has written a very useful and readable book – particularly for those new to the Internet.  Net Law is not only a list, glossary, dictionary and index of terms, phrases and Internet etiquette, but it also provides the varying points of view and experiences of many practitioners from around the nation.  More importantly, it has captured the relaxed, informal, seemingly carefree, yet very deliberate and precise aura of the Internet.  The layout and style help the first-timer, as well as the more experienced, feel comfortable even before signing on. 
Tim Broeker in Minnesota Law and Politics (May 12, 1997): 
  • Finally, a book that cuts through the clutter... 
  • Jacobsen's new book, Net Law: How Lawyers Use the Internet, is chock-full of real-life anecdotes and advice from attorneys who have already integrated the Internet into their day-to-day work.  Finish it, and you'll actually know what you're talking about if you think the World Wide Web is an unpredictable gadget for people with way too much time on their hands. …. 
  • The book also contains a helpful Internet training section that steers you through the basics of picking an Internet service provider, using tools such as Web browsers and news readers for research and other common Internet applications.  These tips will get you up the book's true strength lies in the first-person accounts from lawyers who have already mastered the basics for you. 
Law Practice Management, February, 1998 (by Jerry Lawson, President of Internet Tools for Attorneys :)
  • Jacobsen  concentrates on the actual experiences of real attorneys, with an approach that is less tutorial than journalistic. He quotes other attorneys extensively, and to good effect.... 

    Legal academics have speculated that, in the future, an attorney's failure to understand the Internet might be a violation of the professional duty to maintain competence.  The examples of effective attorney use of the Internet in this book convinced me that such a day is closer than we might think.  The Net is already changing the way good attorneys practice. 

Canadian Law Libraries, Vol. 22, No. 4, p. 179 (Shu Huang, Librarian, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson): 
  • "How do lawyers use the Internet"  This question has been pattering my mind constantly. I have read numerous articles but had not found a satisfying answer until I read Paul Jacobsen's book... 
  • What I like most about this book is its gallery of lawyers' perspectives on the Net.  Instead of a dramatic monologue, Jacobsen lends voice to many lawyers who recount their Internet experiences, including using the Net for discovery, locating expert witnesses and their opinions, and finding the cvs of one' competitors on their Web sites...  As a result, lawyers as readers can relate to these experiences and apply some of them in their daily practice. 
Research Advisor,  September/October, 1997 (Trisha Fabugais, Librarian, Gardere, Wynee, Sewell & Riggs): 
  • Net Law is easy to understand and offers manageable bits of information in short chapters that give pertinent details to readers without a lot of techno jargon.  The book is different from many articles and publications that say "here's what attorneys should do with the Internet."  Instead it presents real-life examples and attorneys current experiences utilizing the Internet in their practices. 
Internet Tools for Attorneys Web site,  (reviewed by Diane Cabell): 
  • Net Law: How Lawyers Use the Internet is a book eminently suited to the technophobes of the legal profession. 
  • Net Law goes beyond Dummies, however, as it reveals the Net's particular value to the legal professions...  Mr. Jacobsen spares the novice hours of research time as he neatly summarizes the major legal sites and highlights their real-world utility in personal vignettes provided by individual practitioners.... 

    Many attorneys have avoided the Internet in apprehension of a complex learning curve.  As a streamlined tutorial, Net Law: How Lawyers Use the Internet cuts that time to a fraction by illustrating how simple a resource the Net has become.