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COMM 59

This course provides an introduction to computer applications commonly used in a legal office environment, focusing on enabling students to work efficiently and productively. The fundamentals of word processing in MS Word are applied in the context of legal correspondence, memoranda, and basic legal documents, using correct formatting, spelling, and grammar. Personal information management systems are also introduced. Emphasis is placed on building strong and accurate keyboarding and formatting skills. In addition to business software applications, students become acquainted with professional standards regarding communication by electronic mail and through social media. Students employ word processing and spreadsheet skills to draft forms and correspondence in the context of civil litigation, other legal processes, and general communication regarding the status of client files.