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Legal Office Support Certificate (LOS)
Program Course Descriptions


OFT101 Keyboarding and Word Processing
Pre: Communications Proficiency
This course will introduce and reinforce keyboarding techniques and speed and accuracy development. Basic word processing concepts will be introduced using the latest version of MS Word. Students will learn the word processing functions necessary to create and format business documents including letters, memos, tables, and reports. (3 hours of lecture per week)
OFT114 Business Communications
Pre: Communications Proficiency
This course is designed to prepare students to become effective communicators in business. Topics include a review of grammar and punctuation and techniques to improve reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Emphasis is on the composition of business correspondence and the ability to write clearly and concisely. The course will also include factors such as global communication, cultural diversity, ethics, and technology and their impact on business communication
OFT212 Administrative Office Procedures
PLG101 Introduction to Law and Paralegal Practice
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Introduction to the American legal system and the paralegal profession, including the functions of a paralegal, ethical principles, federal and state court structures, litigation, sources of law, legal research and reasoning, investigation and interviewing, law office management, employment strategies and career perspectives.
BUS102 Business Law
Pre: Communications proficiency
Introduction to business law with emphasis on the formation of a contract, defenses to avoid contractual liability, discharge of contracts, remedies for breach of contract, introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, sales, warranties, and consumer protection. Fulfills open and business electives.
BUS132 Business Workplace Seminar
Pre: 50% of Program Requirements
Students will gain first-hand knowledge of various career opportunities and gain an understanding of workplace expectations by participating in such activities as job shadowing, informational interviews, mentoring relationships and/or short-term job-site experiences. Seminar topics will include developing job search skills, researching job sites on the internet, preparing cover letters and a resume, participating in mock interviews, and identifying key characteristics/traits needed for success in the workplace.
LAD ELECTIVE Directed Elective
OFT102 Advanced Keyboarding and Word Processing
Pre:Communications Proficiency and ability to Keyboard 35 wpm or OFT 101
This course continues to develop keyboarding and word processing skills. Major emphasis is placed on increasing speed and accuracy skills and producing various business documents from arranged, unarranged, handwritten, and rough-draft sources using MS Word advanced features.
OFT222 Spreadsheets and Presentation Graphics
Pre: Communications Proficiency and OFT101 or OFT102 or OFT 201
This course gives the student a working knowledge of the capabilities of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint application software using a case-oriented, problem-solving approach. Students will learn proper spreadsheet design elements including working with cells, creating formulas and functions, formatting worksheets, and generating charts. Students will also learn to create business presentations including working with text, graphics, sound, transitions, and animation. Strategies for delivering a powerful presentation will be included.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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