Paralegals and other legal professionals must possess highly-specialized computer experience in document control, collective editing, and sophisticated formatting. Build advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word beyond standard word processing by practicing skills frequently used in producing legal documents. Topics will include complex options for character, paragraph, and page formatting; using and managing styles and templates; using fields, content controls, and quick parts; macro basics; incorporating reference features such as footnotes and auto-generation of tables of contents, figures, or authorities; producing mail merge documents; and collaborative authoring and editing tools such as track changes and compare/combine documents. Adobe Acrobat skills required in legal settings will also be taught, including document redaction; optical character recognition (OCR); electronic signatures; Bates numbering; file conversion; and form creation and submission. Although the majority of class time will be spent on advanced features of Word and Acrobat, we will also cover the fundamentals of Excel and PowerPoint. This course is highly recommended to prepare new paralegals, legal assistants, and other administrative staff for the daily requirements of working in a law office.
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