Administrative Support - Legal Secretary

36 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a legal secretary. The legal secretary's primary function is to assist in preparation of legal correspondence and documents and meeting deadlines. Other duties may include public/client relations, timekeeping, gathering information from clients, filing, and general office duties. Legal secretaries transcribe from dictation and draft copy using computers.

Program outcomes include:
• Demonstrate keyboarding production proficiency
• Perform general office tasks in the legal environment
• Apply ARMA indexing and filing procedures and rules
• Demonstrate proficiency in using a variety of computer software programs
• Transcribe material containing legal terminology into mailable documents using correct English skills
• Produce professional written business correspondence using correct English and proofreading skills
• Plan and deliver verbal business presentations using correct English skills
• Exhibit ethical behavior, positive self-image, and professional conduct
• Develop a job search plan, appropriate documents and exhibit appropriate interview skills

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ADSC14154Keyboarding IThis course is designed for the beginning Administrative Support student. The objective of the course is to teach proper typing techniques; to build speed and accuracy; and to utilize a professional word processing system for business applications, such as document storage and retrieval, editing, and document distribution. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or equivalent or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14203Business CommunicationsThis course covers the development of business communication skills and applying them along with proofreading skills, when creating business documents such as letters, memos, and informal reports. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing, keyboarding/word processing ability or concurrent enrollment in a keyboarding course) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/ 0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14222Business Vocabulary/ProofreadingThis course aids in the mastery of business vocabulary and spelling skills and their application in proofreading business documents. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14303Microsoft OfficeAn introductory course, in the basics of computer technology, using business application software. Through hands-on use students will learn fundamental concepts of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics and how they integrate. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment; ability to type a minimum of 20 wpm) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14403General Office ProceduresThis course covers topics that develop skill in performing typical office tasks: Telephone techniques, telecommunications, mailing, calendaring, meeting arrangements, travel arrangements, office equipment and supplies, time management, stress management, ergonomics and office safety, reprographics, and indexing and filing. (Prerequisites: ADSC1415, equivalent, or concurrent enrollment in ADSC1415) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14422Records ManagementThis course is an introduction to the procedures for managing document/records storage systems. Applications include manual and/or electronic storage and retrieval. Topics include records control and retention, storage and retrieval devices, and records management issues and trends. (Prerequisites: ADSC1440, ADSC1511, ADSC1611, or instructor's consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14522General TranscriptionThis course covers skill development in transcribing machine-dictated material into usable business documents. Emphasis will be placed on building transcription speed and accuracy; applying punctuation, grammar, and spelling rules; using reference materials; proofreading and correcting errors; and efficiently utilizing software and equipment. (Prerequisites: ADSC1420 or concurrent enrollment and ADSC1415 or concurrent enrollment) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC15153Law Office ApplicationsThis course covers legal procedures, documents, and terminology relating to estate planning and estate administration proceedings, real estate law, and corporate law in Minnesota. Documents are prepared using word processing and/or transcription. (Prerequisites: Keyboarding and word processing ability) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC15173Computers in the Law OfficeThis course covers practical computer applications in legal organizations and how the computer can be used to make the legal support staff more productive. Various types of software and legal-specific applications are covered. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and basic computer skills.) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC15253Legal Transcription/Word Processing ApplicationsThis course covers transcription of dictated and rough-draft legal material into a variety of usable legal documents using word processing software. Emphasis will be on authentic forms and material, editing and proofreading, and correcting errors. (Prerequisites: Keyboarding and word processing ability) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC17101Introduction to KeyboardingThis course covers the development of basic keyboarding techniques using the touch method on the computer. Emphasis will be on learning the touch method of typing alphabetic, punctuation, and numeric keys. In addition, skill development will be included. Basic formatting and proofreading skills will be introduced. The keyboarding goal will be the attainment of a minimum rate of 20 net words per minute with accuracy. (Prerequisites: None) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC17152Word ProcessingThis course provides students with the opportunity to learn word processing for employment or home use and to utilize a microcomputer as a word processor. Students will learn to create, edit, format, save, print manage, and enhance documents. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or instructor's consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC25203Legal Document ProcessingThis course covers advanced legal procedures, use of terminology, and document production relating to various specialty areas of law in Minnesota, with an emphasis on advanced transcription and word processing skills. (Prerequisites: Keyboarding and word processing ability; college-level reading and writing) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
LGST14003Legal Studies I: Terminology and ProceduresThis course introduces the student to the specific terminology and procedures used by paralegal professionals and to the proper documentation of legal information. It also covers legal ethics, legal analysis, legal evidence, and investigation. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing and keyboarding and word processing ability) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
REQUIRED PRE-TECHNICAL COURSE (NOTE: IF STUDENT TYPES LESS THAN 20 WPM)
ADSC1710 INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARDING 1 CR


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.