The Legal Office Clerk certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level clerical positions in law offices.
BSA 111. Creative Leadership (1). Lead, motivate and inspire your team with creative leadership. One lecture.
1. Motivate and recognize employees.
2. Benefits of humor in the workplace.
3. Create a work atmosphere that stimulates innovation.
4. Positive and negative thinking.
1. Identify ways to motivate and recognize employees. (1)
2. Discuss the benefits of humor in the workplace. (2)
3. Identify ways to create a work atmosphere that stimulates innovation. (3)
4. Create an action plan to recognize negative and promote positive thinking in the workplace. (4)
||Lead: Juggling Mult Priorities
BSA 112. Leadership: Juggling Multiple Priorities (1). Basic techniques to increase team collaboration. How effective leaders spend their time. One lecture.
1. Leadership principles.
2. How leaders increase collaboration among their team.
3. Time management
4. Urgency addiction
1. Identify skills of effective leaders. (1)
2. Apply team-building strategies. (2)
3. Apply time management strategies. (3)
4. Explain urgency addiction. (4)
||Leading Out Loud
BSA 113. Leadership Communication: Leading Out Loud (1). Speaking skills and communication techniques for leaders. One lecture.
1. Speaking skills of leader/communicator.
2. Oral communication delivery techniques.
1. Identify skills of leaders/communicators. (1)
2. Analyze and discuss communication delivery techniques to enhance leadership development. (2)
3. Apply oral communication delivery and presentation techniques. (2)
CSA 140. Microsoft Word (2). Practical application of Microsoft Office Word. Practical application of Microsoft Office Word. Emphasis on creating and formatting content, working with visual content, and organizing documents. Two lecture.
2. Graphics and Watermarks
3. Headers and Footers
4. Merged Documents
5. Tables and Charts
6. Footnotes and Endnotes
7. Tables of Content and Figures
12. Web Pages
13. Links and Embeds Between Applications
14. Text and Paragraph Formatting
15. Page Setup
1. Create office documents using basic and advanced formatting features. (1-17)
2. Create templates. (10)
3. Create merged documents. (4)
4. Create forms. (11)
5. Create web pages. (12)
6. Create linked or embedded documents. (13)
||Intro to Paralegal Studies
LAW 100. Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3). Introduction to the role of the paralegal in the legal system, including the federal and state court systems, ethics, regulation and professional responsibility, legal analysis, research and basic legal concepts. Includes professional development and job search strategies. Three lecture.
1. Introduction to the paralegal profession
2. Careers in the legal community
3. The regulation of legal professionals
4. Ethics and professional responsibility
5. Introduction to law
b. Court system and alternative dispute resolution
c. Fundamental legal concepts
6. Civil and criminal litigation and procedures
7. Legal analysis and writing
8. Legal research
1. Describe the American judicial system and the responsibilities of the various court systems.
2. Distinguish between civil and criminal litigation, and describe the stages of litigation.
3. Describe and explain basic concepts of law.
4. Apply legal analysis to the briefing of cases and problem solving.
5. Define the issues of the paralegal profession, and discuss professional development and job search strategies.
6. Apply principles of ethics and professional responsibility to specific scenarios.
||Legal Ethics & Prof Respnsblty
LAW 101. Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1). State and national ethical codes and rules of professional responsibility, ethical dilemmas and methods for researching answers, professionalism, and the unauthorized practice of law. One lecture.
1. Codes of ethics and rules of professional responsibility
2. Regulation of lawyers and non-lawyers
3. Ethical dilemmas
4. Methods for researching answers to ethical dilemmas
6. Unauthorized practice of law
1. Identify state and national codes of ethics and rules of professional responsibility.
2 Delineate regulations pertaining to lawyers and non-lawyers.
3. Describe ethical dilemmas.
4. Research answers to ethical dilemmas.
5. Identify best practices representing professionalism.
6. Analyze statutes and rules relating to the unauthorized practice of law.
||Legal Computer Apps
LAW 105. Legal Computer Applications (2). Introduction to computer software and software applications used in a law office and the business community. Includes computer research tools, e-mail, application of general office management software to the legal environment, ethical considerations, and law office practice concepts. Prerequisite: LAW 100 (may be taken concurrently) and CSA 140. Two lecture.
1. Computer hardware and software; concepts of law office management
2. Software programs for law office management including computer research, e-mail, and application of general office management software to the legal environment
3. WESTLAW and Internet research
4. Complex legal documents
5. The law office and law practice of the 21st century
6. Ethical considerations and basic law office practice concepts
7. Electronic presentation software
1. Explain the use of technology in the practice of law and in the management of the law office. (1-5,7)
2. Identify a variety of computer tools available to assist the legal professional in the performance of daily tasks. (1-3,5,7)
3. Identify research strategies in the use of WESTLAW and Internet research. (3)
4. Describe the application of general office management software packages to the legal environment (ex: word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and presentation software) and prepare complex legal documents. (2,4,7)
5. Use legal software applications packages:
a. Standard Internet browser to conduct Internet research. (2,3)
b. WESTLAW (legal research). (2,3).
c. General office management software (ex: word processing, database management, spreadsheets, presentation software. (1,2,4,5,7)
d. Other legal-specific software as appropriate and available. (2,3,4,5)
6. Find, evaluate and summarize new and emerging software and hardware technologies for the law office. (2,3,5)
7. Identify and explain ethical concerns relating to technology and the practice of law. (6)
8. Design an electronic slideshow using presentation software. (7)
||Law Office Management
LAW 107. Law Office Management (3). Processes and standards of law office management including record keeping, timekeeping, billing, calendaring and docket control. Emphasis on the principles and practices of law office management for manual and automated systems. LAW 100 (may be taken concurrently) and CSA 140 (may be taken concurrently). Three lecture.
1. The field of law office management, standard office practices, time management and professionalism
2. Filing systems
3. Records management, classification, storage, retention, transfer and retrieval
4. Law office letters, memos, reports, table and legal documents
5. Filing legal documents with the courts
6. Timekeeping and billing
7. Calendaring and docket control
9. Harvard Law Review Association Bluebook uniform system of legal citations
1. Employ principles of law office communication, time management, multi-tasking and initiative. (1)
2. Use filing systems as they pertain to the law office. (2)
3. Create, store, retrieve, retain and dispose of law office records using paper and paperless techniques. (3)
4. Select and use equipment and supplies for various records systems. (3)
5. Create, proofread, punctuate, format, revise and print law office letters, memos, reports, tables and legal documents. (4)
6. File legal documents with the courts. (5)
7. Carry out the mechanics of timekeeping and billing. (6)
8. Manage calendars and perform docket control procedures. (7)
9. Maintain law office confidentiality. (8)
10. Use the Harvard Law Review Association Bluebook uniform system of legal citations. (9)