Business - Legal Office Procedures
Certificate of Mastery
Minimum of 30 credit hours
Across the country, law practices are in constant need of qualified legal secretaries who are not only technically skilled but also educated in legal terminology. If you have an interest in the legal process and in office operations, consider the certificate of mastery in legal office procedures at Oklahoma City Community College. Your first step will be to contact and work with a faculty advisor to become enrolled in this certificate program.
- Course Sequence
Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd Suggested Freshman 1st Semester ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed BUS 1113 Computer Keyboarding 3 Major C BUS 1713 Beginning Word Processing 3 Major C BUS 1813 Legal Office Procedures 3 Major C BUS 2473 Business Spreadsheet Applications 3 Major C Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester BUS 2033 Business Communication 3 Support C BUS 2363 Intermediate Word Processing 3 Major C BUS 2323 Legal Terminology and Transcription 3 Major C GEN ED Gen Ed Elective 3 Gen Ed BUS 2663 Career Education/internship 3 Major C
- Course Grouping
Major Courses: (21 credit hours) Business: (C)BUS1113; (C)BUS 1713; (C)BUS 1813; (C)BUS 2323; (C)BUS 2363; (C)BUS 2473; (C)BUS 2663
General Education Courses: (6 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113; ENGL or COM Faculty Approved General Education Elective
Life Skills Courses: None
Support Courses: (3 credit hours) Business: BUS 2033
(C) - A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved.
- Program Notes
Notes: A Certificate of Mastery program is designed to meet the needs of an individual who wants an entry-level position in the job market following the completion of the certificate.
- Course Descriptions
BUS 1113 - Computer Keyboarding
Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score.
The student will master the keyboard by touch and begin development of acceptable speed and accuracy levels on the alphabetic and alphanumeric keyboard and the ten-key number pad. Formatting of basic documents is also included. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.
BUS 1713 - Beginning Word Processing
Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score.
Students will use word processing software to create, modify, store, retrieve, and print documents. Word processing features include create, edit, print, format, spell-check, thesaurus, file management, find/replace and tables and graphics. This course is an introduction and overview with the emphasis being on learning and applying the mechanics of the software. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.
BUS 1813 - Legal Office Procedures
Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and BUS 1713.
This is an introductory course which provides the student with an overview of the legal secretarial profession and the various aspects of the law office. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills and aptitudes for a professional legal secretary, court structure, ethics, billing, writing and research.
BUS 2033 - Business Communication
Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or by evaluation. Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
Business Communication is a survey course of communication skills needed in the business environment. Course content includes business writing such as e-mail, memos, letters, reports, employment communication, and other types of digital media; delivering oral presentations; and developing interpersonal soft skills. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized. Development of these skills is integrated with the use of technology. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.
BUS 2323 - Legal Terminology and Transcription
Prerequisites: ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures, BUS 1113 and BUS 1713.
The student will correctly spell, transcribe, and define terms commonly used in the legal field and use these terms correctly in the transcription. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.
BUS 2363 - Intermediate Word Processing
Prerequisites: (R) (W), MATH 0203 or adequate math placement test score, BUS 1713 with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
Students will extend basic word processing knowledge and skill to include proficiency in producing office correspondence. Emphasis will be on formatting, proofreading, using advanced features of word processing software, and increasing production speed. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.
BUS 2473 - Business Spreadsheet Applications
Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures, MATH 0203, or adequate math placement test score.
The student will develop ten-key by touch skills. Students will format spreadsheets using effective design principles, enter common spreadsheet formulas and functions, sort data, and use graphic/chart features to solve business problems. Appropriate industry standard spreadsheet software programs will be used. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.
BUS 2663 - Career Education/internship
Prerequisites: (R) (W), MATH 0203 or adequate math placement test score. A grade of “C” or better in BUS 1113, BUS 1713 and BUS 2473, and by evaluation.
This course will assist students in earning academic credit in a planned process that integrates academic preparation with supervised work experience. Students will work in an approved office environment with cooperating employers for a specified period of time. Successful completion of this course is determined through employer evaluation and through completion of projects demonstrating skills and knowledge of program content overseen by Business/AOT faculty.
GEN ED - Gen Ed Elective
General Education elective
ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.