A vital part of any legal practice is the administrative and documentary work performed by legal staff. This course will prepare students to become competent legal secretaries and will provide students with a foundation on which to begin a legal career. Upon completion of the course, each student will receive a certification of completion from the MCVSD. Topics include: Introduction to the basic theory of law, the legal process, the nature of the practice of law, technology and research databases utilized in the legal office, legal research techniques, court filings, office procedures including billing techniques, transcript services, legal citation format, office management techniques, handling client telephone calls, assistance with filing court documents and speaking with opposing counsel. This class will begin with an overview of MS Office programs and functions, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.