Here’s a short article from the ABA’s Law Practice magazine noting the many ways that Microsoft OneNote 2007 can be used by lawyers for everything from trial notebooks to business transaction notes. There are law-specific templates available for OneNote (as well as templates for the other Microsoft Office programs) on Microsoft’s Office Templates page.
I’ve written about OneNote before. It was just picked as the number one favorite Windows program by readers of a popular blog. (“The word love kept reappearing in the recommendations for this hard-to-describe program.”) There are video demos, as well as a brand new 40-minute introduction to the program – a free online training course that will give you a tour of the program, basic instructions, and some ideas about how to get started. If you’re the kind of person who might use a program for note-taking, you really owe it to yourself to try it!