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Legal Secretary - Introductory Module   

Aims and Objectives

To provide an introduction to the work, documentation and responsibilities of a legal secretary. To prepare those who wish to progress to take the OCR Level 2 Legal Text Processing Examination

Target Audience

Those who wish to consider a career as a Legal Secretary and gain an overview of the different legal departments

Prerequisites

Word processing experience to an intermediate level; ideally students should have completed a Microsoft Office Word course

Course Content

Lesson One – Including: The legal office, legal practitioners, support staff, the legal secretary, importance of proof-reading

Lesson Two – Including: Difference between civil law and criminal law, court system and structure, how laws are made, general office procedures, different methods of communication, setting up files for a new client, client care letter, instruction form, telephone attendance note

Lesson Three – Including: House style, business letter layout, special instructions and marks. Routing correspondence, inserting dates into documents, legal document layout, inserting specified horizontal space, precedents and specialised software, preparing a codicil, importance of good file management

Lesson Four – Including: The office account and client account, how time is record, client care and invoicing, business memo layout, letter before action, correct expansion of abbreviations

OCR Additional Exercises – Including: Revision of OCR topics covered during the course, interpreting amendment and correction signs, locating information for insertion in a document.

Course Duration: 8 hours

Course Code: 1010198103