This training program combines a two course training track:Legal Secretary Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 Legal secretaries perform clerical duties at law firms and other legal offices. Unlike regular secretaries, legal secretaries require extensive knowledge of legal proceedings and documentation. They may do factual or legal research at all levels of a case and will often organize meetings, appointments and dates for attorneys. Law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs. For many companies, the high cost of lawyers and their support staff makes it much more economical to have an in-house legal department rather than to retain outside counsel. This will lead to an increase in the demand of legal workers in a variety of settings, such as finance and insurance firms, consulting firms, and health care providers.
After completing this course you should be able to:
Define the job description of a legal secretary
Identify correct billing and accounting methods
Define terminology of the court
Recognize types of contracts and torts
Identify types of business partnerships
Define types of wills and trusts
Identify the steps for creating, formatting, saving, and printing a Word document
Identify the steps for inserting media into a document including images, text, charts, and tables
Identify the steps for implementing themes, templates, and document building blocks
Identify the steps to perform a mail merge
Identify the steps for securing and sharing a document
Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Among specialties, medical secretaries is the only occupation that is expected to have much-faster-than-average employment growth. This is driven by the rapid growth of the healthcare industry. Overall, the majority of job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave these occupations.
What are my payment options?
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?
By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the student’s responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.
Does this course translate in to college credit?
Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.
How long do access to my complete my course?
Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.
When are the course start dates?
The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.
Is the Certification exam included in the course?
The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.
Upon successful completion of our Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Secretary or Legal Assistant in a Law office setting and will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NALS national certification exam to become an Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS). This exam also requires that you have one year of general office experience.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the following certification exam(s):
77-885: Microsoft Office 2013 Access
77-882: Microsoft Office 2013 Excel
77-884: Microsoft Office 2013 Outlook
77-883: Microsoft Office 2013 PowerPoint
77-881: Microsoft Office 2013 Word
Windows 7, XP or Vista; 56K modem or higher; Soundcard and Speakers; Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mac OS Users
Mac OS X or higher (in classic mode); 56K modem or higher; Soundcard and Speakers; Apple Safari
iPad – iOS 5.1 (or latest)
We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels.
System will support the two latest releases of each browser. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.
Windows Users: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mac OS Users: Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Suggested Plug-ins: Flash Player, Real Player, Adobe Reader, Java