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With funding from the Legal Services Corporation, Pro Bono Net and Ohio State Legal Services offer live online form developer training each year. In 2018, the live training was offered in New Orleans, in coordination with the LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference. The Fall training, is an online training and will be offered from  August 28 to October 16, 2018. 

The trainers include, Capstone Practice Systems,  Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction,and Pro Bono Net LawHelp Interactive staff


The beginner training trains on how to use HotDocs and A2J Author 6.0 to create basic online forms. You will learn the core skills you need to create a simple form. We will use a divorce form as the example and for homework. 


 Registration is now open. 


 The beginner's online course is 8 sessions long. Students will watch videos with pre-recorded sessions before each class, and then during calls they will work with an instructor and other students on the areas of the lesson that need more in person support or review. After each lesson homework will be assigned for the next week, and student volunteers will be solicited to lead the conversation in the weekly call.

The training covers minimal project project planning and management guidance but the focus is on creating a form and going over the basic skills a developer needs to get started creating a form. We encourage you to connect with LHI staff to learn more about form project planning, management, and best practices as those aspects of a form project won't be cover in the basic training.


We estimate that every week students will need at least 3 hours to watch the videos and do the homework excercizes on their own. A minimum total of 25 hours is required to complete the course during an 8 week period.


A sample training agenda from the 2016 training is available here:


Registration and Logistics


To register please fill out this registration form: Registration will go through early August 2018.  Staff of legal non profits and LSC funded groups attend the training for free. Courts or other groups interested in joining the training, or other types of organizations please contact us if you are interested in joining the training.

You will receive an email from Pro Bono Net staff and then you are enrolled in the training.


The materials, including videos to review before each lesson and homework will be posted here 1 week before the training start: (needs password)


You will be asked to take this steps to get ready to join the remote sessions:


1) Enroll as template provider in LawHelp Interactive ( (Sign in, choose template provider account, pick organization and state)

 2)  Download a copy of the Montana Petition for Divorce from here (This is a document we will automate as a group during the training). The skills taught will be general--so that by the end of the course you will be able to automate documents in any area of law. 

3) Download a copy of New York Consumer Debt Answer Form from here (This is a second document we will automate during the training).

4) Register for A2J Author 6.0 by visiting and signing up (You'll get an email with further instructions once you have been authenticated).

5) Obtain a copy of HD 11 Developer from the HotDocs Corporation (version 11) and make sure you have it installed in the computer you will use to create your forms. To see if you qualify for a discount please contact contact Scott Myers at 801-615-2201 or

6) Join the document assembly list serve and support places ( and


For questions about the training, please contact Mirenda Meghelli at or Claudia Johnson,

Last updated  7/10/2018

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