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Legal Secretary

$2,295.00 (USD)



Introduction to Legal Secretary Program

I. Overview of the Market, skills and responsibilities

Law Office Management

I. Duties you may have as a law office professional

A. Types of systems used for calendaring

II. Accounting and billing in the law office

III. Files and record management in the law office

A. Ethics and file management

IV. Technology used in the law office

A. NFPA and ethical considerations

B. Life cycle of a file

V. Types of files encountered in the law office

Legal Terminology

I. General legal terms that fall in multiple areas of law

II. Contract legal terminology

III. Litigation legal terminology

IV. Real Estate legal terminology

V. Probate/Estate legal terminology

VI. Intellectual Property legal terminology

VII. Bankruptcy legal terminology

Introduction to the Legal System

I. Introduction to terminology used in the legal system

II. Structure of the government

III. Judicial system

A. Federal judicial system

B. State court system

C. Local court system

IV. Jurisdiction in the legal system

V. Using FIRAC to read a case

Legal Writing

I. Importance of legal writing in the legal field

II. Goal of legal writing

III. Drafting documents in legal writing

IV. Constructing effective sentences in legal writing

A. Precision and simplicity

B. Sound structure

C. Using active voice

V. Using defined terms in legal writing

VI. Word usage in legal writing

VII. Redundancies

VIII. Commonly misused words in legal writing

IX. Reviewing legal documents

X. Using FIRAC in legal analysis

Introduction to Accounting

I. Overview of Accounting

A. Importance of bookkeeping

B. The Accounting Cycle

C. Manual Bookkeeping

D. When to start bookkeeping

II. Methods of Accounting

A. Cash accounting

B. Accrual accounting

III. The Accounting Cycle

A. Transaction

B. Journal

C. T-Accounts

D. Debit/Credit

E. Double-entry system

F. Normal account balances

IV. Major account groupings

A. Assets

B. Liabilities

C. Owner's equity

D. The accounting equation

E. Income

F. Expenses

V. The Accounting Cycle

A. Trial balance

B. Adjusting entries and balance

C. Financial statements

D. Closing the books

Introduction to Excel

I. The environment of Excel

A. Spreadsheet

B. Worksheet environment

C. Cells

D. Menu bar

E. Setting up a worksheet in Excel

II. Formatting a worksheet to enhance the appearance of your information

A. Formatting cells

III. Tips for working with data in Excel

A. Entering in your data

B. How to set up and modify your data

IV. Navigating and printing your worksheet

A. Shortcuts you can use to navigate your spreadsheet effectively

B. Options for printing in Excel

V. Tips for managing large worksheets in Excel

A. Formatting and naming worksheet tabs

B. Managing and viewing large workbooks

VI. Using Excel in Accounting

A. Using Excel and QuickBooks in the Accounting process

B. Using Excel for project management

Introduction to QuickBooks

I. Exploring QuickBooks

A. Employee center

B. Customer center

C. Vendor center

D. Banking center

II. How to perform basic banking activities in the banking center

A. Write a check

B. Record a deposit

C. Use bank account registers

D. Enter hand written checks

E. Transfer money between accounts

F. Reconcile

III. The customer center holds the customer information and transaction activities

A. Job estimates

B. Sales

C. Invoices

D. Record payments

E. Record credits

IV. Formatting invoices and processing sale forms

V. Setting up the chart of accounts in QuickBooks

VI. Reports that can be run in the report center of QuickBooks

VII. Maintaining your inventory in QuickBooks

VIII. Time tracking in QuickBooks

IX. Creating job estimates in QuickBooks

A. Create jobs

B. Create multiple estimates

C. Transform estimates into invoices

D. Update and modify current job status

X. Confirming accuracy of the company records in QuickBooks

A. The chart of accounts

B. Customer list

C. Vendor list

D. Job list

E. Employee list

Persuasive Communication

I. Fundamentals of communication

A. Non-verbal communication

II. The importance of knowing the audience in persuasive communication

A. Personality profiling

III. The power of listening

IV. Credibility of the speaker is key in persuasion

V. Evidence in persuasion

A. Tips for using evidence in persuasion

B. Reasoning in persuasion

VI. Emotion in persuasion

VII. Organizing the argument

A. Questions of fact, value, and policy

B. Monroe's Motivated Sequence

VIII. Defining of strategic management in operations

A. Strategic planning

B. Implementation of the strategic plan

C. Questions to ask in developing your business model

IX. Mindset of strategic thinking

A. What is my business environment

B. What is my corporate culture

C. What are your goals and objectives

X. Strategic planning models

A. Kerry Napuk's 5-Step Strategic Planning Model

B. Karl Albrecht's Strategy Formulation Process

XI. Questions to ask when creating strategic alternatives

XII. Criteria for implementation

Project Management

I. Project management for executives

II. Foundation of project management

A. Modern project management

B. Project management context

C. Application of project management principles

III. Characteristics of a project

A. Established objectives

B. Defined life-cycle

C. Require organizational commitment

D. Time, cost and performance requirements

IV. Project management lifecycle

A. Difference between projects and programs

B. Skills essential for project managers

I. Build effective team

II. Use individual contributors

III. Motivate in a project management environment

IV. Manage effective meetings






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