Business - Legal Secretary Option
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Business - Legal Secretary Option

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 61 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 degree for legal secretary at Oklahoma City Community College.  This program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Your first step will be to contact and work with a faculty advisor to become enrolled in this degree program.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 Success in College and Life 1 Life Skills  
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    POLSC 1113 American Federal Government 3 Gen Ed  
    BUS 1013 Introduction to Business 3 Major C
    BUS 1113 Computer Keyboarding 3 Major
    BUS 1713 Beginning Word Processing 3 Major C
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    BUS 2473 Business Spreadsheet Applications 3 Major C
    BUS 2033 Business Communication 3 Major C
    ENGL 1213 English Composition II OR Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1233 Technical Writing for the Workplace OR Gen Ed  
    COM 1123 Interpersonal Communications OR Gen Ed  
    COM 2213 Intro to Public Speaking 3 Gen Ed  
    BUS 2363 Intermediate Word Processing 3 Major  
    FA GEN Faculty Approved General Education Elective 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    ACCT 2113 Accounting I/Financial 3 Major C
    BUS 2043 Business Ethics 3 Gen Ed  
    BUS 1813 Legal Office Procedures 3 Support C
    BUS 2423 Administrative Office Procedures 3 Support C
    BUS 2433 Office Information Processing 3 Support C
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    HIST 1483 U.S. History to The Civil War OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. History Since The Civil War 3 Gen Ed  
    ECON 2123 Principles of Microeconomics 3 Major C
    BUS 2323 Legal Terminology and Transcription 3 Support C
    BUS 2663 Career Education/internship 3 Support C
    BUS 2523 Automated Records Management 3 Support C
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (24 credit hours) Legal Secretary Option: Accounting:  (C)ACCT 2113;  Business:  (C) BUS 1013; (C)BUS 1113; (C)BUS 1713; (C)BUS 2033; (C)BUS 2363; (C)BUS 2473; Economics:  (C)ECON 2123

    General Education Courses: (18 credit hours) Business:  BUS 2043; English: ENGL 1113 and one of the following: COM 1123; COM 2213; ENGL 1213; ENGL 1233; Political Science: POLSC 1113; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; General Education Electives: Three credit hours of Faculty Approved General Education Elective

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (18 credit hours) Business: (C)BUS 1813; (C)BUS 2323; (C)BUS 2433; (C)BUS 2463; (C)BUS 2523; (C)BUS 2663

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

  • Course Descriptions

    Accounting

    ACCT 2113 - Accounting I/Financial
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic accounting concepts, theories, and procedures and their effects on the financial reporting and analysis of a business.

    Business

    BUS 1013 - Introduction to Business
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3CREDITS

    The student will become familiar with the economic and social setting of business in the world and the structure of business and management of human and fiscal resources. The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of these concepts as they are related to American business operations and public policy.

    BUS 1113 - Computer Keyboarding
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score.
    3CREDITS

    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.
    3CREDITS

    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.
    3CREDITS

    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.
    3CREDITS

    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 2043 - Business Ethics
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3CREDITS

    Student will explore standards of honesty and honorable human conduct in the world of business, focusing on how people’s plans and intentions affect others.

    BUS 2323 - Legal Terminology and Transcription
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures, BUS 1113 and BUS 1713.
    3CREDITS

    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.
    3CREDITS

    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 2423 - Administrative Office Procedures
    Prerequisites: BUS 2033, BUS 2473; Corequisite: BUS 2363
    3CREDITS

    The student will study ethics, traits, duties, attitudes and responsibilities of a professional administrative assistant. Students will use the computer to produce mailable documents, travel itineraries, minutes of meetings, and various other office documents with emphasis on grammar/punctuation, proofreading, editing, and decision making skills. Lecture/Lab

    BUS 2433 - Office Information Processing
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures, MATH 0203 or adequate math placement test score, BUS 1113 and BUS 1713 with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
    3CREDITS

    Students will use the computer to produce mailable documents with emphasis on business vocabulary, proofreading, editing, transcription, and decision making skills. Managerial dictation techniques will be introduced. Lecture/Lab. 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.
    3CREDITS

    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 2523 - Automated Records Management
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3CREDITS

    Utilizing simulated office records, the student will use correct records-management techniques in the creation, storage and disposition of materials in a variety of business situations. The course will involve the study and practice of various Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) filing methods integrating the use of the computer to control and manage a file system. Lecture/Lab

    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.
    3CREDITS

    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.

    Communications

    COM 1123 - Interpersonal Communications
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will be able to identify why certain things happen as they do when two or more individuals come together to communicate for a specific purpose. The student must attest to his or her ability to understand the principles of interpersonal communication with emphasis on dyads, small groups, analysis of communication models and nonverbal communication, applying understanding to the major types of interpersonal communication problems in the work environment and in daily human relations.

    COM 2213 - Intro to Public Speaking
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score
    3CREDITS

    Given the principles of effective listening and speaking, the student will assimilate those skills into his or her physical and psychological worlds. After being exposed to public, business and professional speaking, the student will apply the principles of invention, organization, style, and delivery through practical exercises and will use the principles of rhetorical criticism in discussing speeches delivered in class.

    Economics

    ECON 2123 - Principles of Microeconomics
    Prerequisites: MATH 0303 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3CREDITS

    The student will apply microeconomic theories in analyzing concepts by which business maximizes profit, consumers maximize satisfaction, government allocates goods and services, and international trade affects the domestic economy.

    Electives

    FA GEN - Faculty Approved General Education Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Faculty approved General Education elective

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    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.

    ENGL 1213 - English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    ENGL 1233 - Technical Writing for the Workplace
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103; MATH 0203 College Prep Math II or adequate Math Placement Test Score
    3CREDITS

    This course will expose students to technical communication and will allow students to practice professional methods of writing in the workplace. In addition to constructing technical documents appropriate for use in professional and job-related environments, students will learn about rhetorical methods for presenting technical information in ethical and formal prose designed for clear and effective communication with employers and colleagues. This course will equip the student with written and oral communication skills necessary for sharing information and discussing content in professional settings; developing an awareness of technical genres; utilizing technological platforms for constructing documents; using visuals and graphics professionally; writing professional correspondence; constructing reports; designing project proposals, and composing instructions..

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. History to The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1877 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, students will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in their society and help resolve conflict in society based on the student’s search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past. A general education requirement.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. History Since The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - American Federal Government
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - Success in College and Life
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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