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Business and Information Technology Education
Foundations for the Legal Office
This course will provide students with a strong foundation for placement in the Legal Office Procedures course. It includes entry-level skills for working in any office.
Blake McCrabb
Business and Computer Tech OR
Fundamentals of Technology
-Demonstrate the use of proper written English in all legal documentation
-Demonstrate appropriate grammar and word usage when drafting legal documents
-Demonstrate appropriate punctuation when drafting legal documents
-Demonstrate appropriate number usage when drafting legal documents
-Demonstrate appropriate capitalization when drafting legal documents
-Demonstrate appropriate spelling when drafting legal documents
-Demonstrate good composition and expression when drafting legal documents

-Start Word; exit word
-Identify components of the Word document window, including Toolbars
-Save a new document; save an existing document with a new name; open a new document window
-Print a document; use Print Preview
-Use Word Count
-E-mail documents from within software
-Use Research Task Pane
-Display formatting marks
-Create documents with Wizards
-Use Smart Tags
-Modify the Document Summary
-Enter and format text
-Check spelling and grammar while typing
-Format characters (font attributes)
-Use Click and Type
-Use AutoCorrect feature
-Create footnotes
-Modify styles
-Move and copy text; collect and paste using Clipboard
-Find/insert synonyms
-AutoFormat while typing text
-Clear formatting
-Insert current date into a document
-Add borders to paragraphs
-Format paragraphs (alignment, first-line indent, hanging indent, line spacing)
-Sort paragraphs
-Set custom tabs using the ruler and tabs dialog box
-Add borders to paragraphs
-Bullet a list
-Use Page Setup to change margins
-Insert page numbers in headers/footers
-Work with automatic page breaks; enter manual page breaks; enter line breaks; enter non-breaking spaces
-Use GoTo
-Find/replace text
-Create and print envelopes and labels
-Bullet a list
-Create a table with the Insert Table button; resize table columns; change table alignment
-Enter data in a table
-Insert, resize, move graphics
-Insert symbols
-Create and navigate to hyperlinks

-Start and Exit Excel
-Identify components of the Excel worksheet window, including cells, worksheets, Toolbars, the Formula bar, and the Status bar
-Save and print a worksheet and a workbook; save a workbook with same file name or with a different name; open a new workbook
-Select a cell; enter text, formulas, and functions into cells; correct errors while typing data into cells and after entering data into cells
-Use AutoCorrect
-Use AutoFormat
-Use the Name Box to select a cell
-Change the view of the worksheet
-Use Undo
-Clear a cell or range of cells; clear an entire worksheet
-Use the Excel Help system
-Use Smart Tags and Option Buttons
-Check Spelling in single and multiple worksheets
-Use Drag/Drop and Cut/Paste
-Format a worksheet (font attributes, background colors, borders, wrap text, rotate text, drop shadow)
-Apply different formats to numbers
-Format adjacent cells; format nonadjacent cells
-Change column widths and row heights
-Insert and delete rows, columns, single cells or a range of cells
-Freeze portions of a worksheet; split the worksheet window into panes
-Use Format Painter
-Name sheets, reorder sheets, and apply color to sheet tabs
-E-mail a workbook from within Excel
-Use AutoCalculate
-Understand and apply the order of operations when creating formulas
-Enter formulas using different methods (point mode, fill handle, keyboard)
-Use AutoSum, AVERAGE, MAX, and MIN functions
-Create formulas; verify formulas using Range Finder
-Display System Date
-Understand and apply absolute and relative cell referencing in formulas/functions
-Understand and apply the IF Function
-Analyze data in a worksheet by changing values
-Understand and apply Goal Seek
-Apply Conditional Formatting
-Create a series using the Fill Handle
-Add a chart to a worksheet or on a separate chart sheet; format various aspects of charts

-Start and Exit Access
-Identify components of the Access window, including Title Bar, Menu Bar, Toolbars, Taskbar, Status Bar, Database Window, Shortcut Menus and AutoCorrect
-Use the Access Help system
-Create and name a database
-Apply validation rules (required field, range, default value, collection of legal values, format, saving rules, updating a table with validation rules, creating and using Lookup fields)
-Referential Integrity (understand relationships and specify referential integrity, cascade update/delete, use sub datasheets, find duplicate records, find unmatched records)
-Order records in tables (ascending, descending, using multiple fields)
-Creating and using Indexes (single-field and multiple-field indexes)
-Create and save a Table (define field names, field types, field properties, and descriptions)
-Add records to a Table
-Close a Table; exit Access
-Add additional Tables to a database; add records to the new Table
-Preview and print the contents of a Table
-Change the structure of a table (change field size, add a new field, delete a field, update the restructured database)
-Resize columns and format a datasheet
-Create forms using the AutoForm option; add records using a form; switch between Form View and Datasheet View
-Maintain a database: add, edit, delete, search for records
-Switch between Views in a database
-Filter Records (filter by selection, filter by form, advanced filter/sort)
-Create reports using the Report Wizard; view a report; print a report
-Create and run Select queries
-Display all fields
-Display selected fields
-Run a query; print the results; clear the design grid
-Save and close a query
-Use various types of data in criteria (text, numeric, comparison operators, wildcards, AND criteria, OR criteria, AND/OR criteria)
-Sort data in queries (omit duplicates, sort on multiple keys, Top-Values)
-Join Tables in queries (change Join properties; restrict records in a Join)
-Create calculated fields in queries
-Change format and caption
-Use grouping and calculate statistics (sum, average, max, min, count)
-Use criteria in calculating statistics
-Create Crosstab queries
-Process Mass Changes (update queries, delete queries, append queries, make-table queries)

-Start PowerPoint; exit PowerPoint
-Identify components of the PowerPoint window including Views, Placeholders, Text Areas, Mouse Pointer, Scroll Bars, Status Bar, Menu Bar, Standard Toolbar, Formatting Toolbar, and Drawing Toolbar
-Create presentations in Slide Layout view and in Outline view
-Choose and apply Design Templates
-Check a presentation for spelling and consistency
-Use the PowerPoint Help system
-Save a presentation; save a presentation with a new name
-Use Smart Tags
-Use Automatic Layout Options to undo a layout change
-Create a folder and save a presentation
-Delete slides; hide slides
-Add speaker notes; print speaker notes
-Create slides using various slide layouts
-End a slide show with a black slide
-Add headers and footers to Outline pages
-Enter text on slides; correct errors (delete text, replace text)
-Format text (font, font attributes)
-Add/delete slides in a presentation
-Create slides with single-level and multi-level bulleted lists
-Change the font and font attributes
-Find and replace text
-Use the thesaurus to find synonyms
-Insert ClipArt with/without a Content Placeholder; move, resize ClipArt; animate ClipArt
-Animate ClipArt
-Apply Animation Schemes to a slide show
-Insert a Clip into a content placeholder
-Size and move clips; ungroup and ungroup a clip
-Insert a basic table; enter data in the table; format a table cell
-Create an Organization Chart Diagram with multiple levels; scale organization chart
-Add text to various levels in the organization chart
-Change the shape layout (organization chart)
-Select a WordArt Style; enter WordArt text; format WordArt
-Display grids and guides and position a WordArt object; hide guides
-Add a sound effect
-Add an action button and apply action settings; run a slide show with an action button
-Scale an action button; format an action button
-Display guides and position an action button; rotate an action button
-Add a slide transition effect to a slide show
-Change the slide layout
-Change the color of a PowerPoint object
-Display the Slide Master; replace the Slide Master
-Apply format changes to the master slide and/or title master
-Change the preset design scheme
-Apply a new design template
-Rearrange slides
-Add a picture to create a custom background
-Change the presentation template color scheme
-Modify the footer on the slide Master
-Print a presentation as slides, outline, handouts, notes, and transparency
-Print slides as handouts
-View a presentation in Slide Show View (advance through a slide show manually; use the Popup Menu to go to a specific slide and to end a slide show)
-Run an animated slide show


-Correctly spell, pronounce, and define general legal terms
-Correctly spell, pronounce, and define legal terms related to the courts and legal system


Career Cluster Resources for Business, Management and Administration:
Required Brainbench Certifications (or equivalent industry certification):
-Word Fundamentals (any version)
-PowerPoint Fundamentals (any version)
-Microsoft Office Fundamentals

Optional Additional Competency Testing:
-Excel (any level)
-MS Access (any version/level)
-Written English
-Business Writing

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