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Legal Office Professional AAS

Last updated 5/29/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code: 5150

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Viola Bain, 309-796-5314, bainv@bhc.edu
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu


This degree is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Legal Office Professional students acquire proficiency in keyboarding, machine transcription, written communications, electronic organization tools, and computer software.

Students in this program learn specialized skills appropriate for employment in legal offices. They are acquainted with many legal forms and transcribe legal documents using varied formats. Students are proficient in the use of legal terminology and computers. Internships in local offices provide practical work experience.

Legal Office Professional majors can obtain full-time positions in small or large legal firms and legal departments in banks, insurance companies, and industrial companies. Possibilities of employment are strong locally and nationally.

Legal Office Professional AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code: 5150
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 106 — Records Management - fall only (3)
BE 120 — Technology Tools - fall only (2)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
BE 145 A,B,C — Information Processing I, II, III  or  (3)
BE 145 — Information Processing
BE 160 — Machine Transcription - fall only (3)
BE 248 B — Desktop Publishing II - fall only (1)

Second Semester
BE 122 — Administrative Support Systems - spring only (3)
BE 142 — Computerized Keyboarding II - spring only (3)
BE 151 — Legal Terminology and Procedures - spring only (3)
BL 201 — Business Law I (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)

Third Semester
BE 101 — Office Accounting - fall only (3)
BE 170 — Beginning Web Page Development - fall only (3)
*BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
BL 202 — Business Law II (3)

Fourth Semester
BE 146 — Excel for Business - spring only (3)
BE 243 — Computerized Keyboarding III - spring only (3)
BE 260 — Office Management - spring only (3)
BE 261 — Seminar (1)
BE 265 — Internship (3)
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communications  or  (3)
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communications

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

* Students should look at Assessment and Orientation.

Courses for this program include: »

BA 160 Business Math I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: A minimum score of 32 on COMPASS pre-algebra test or a minimum score of 22 on ACT math.
A short review of basic math concepts and their application to actual business problems. Covers insurance, interest calculations, merchandising discounts, taxes, dividends and basic statistical measures.

BE 100 Work Environment Orientation
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is intended to introduce the facts, skills, strengths, and career goals necessary for success in the business education curricula.

BE 101 Office Accounting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Designed as an introductory accounting course for business students with emphasis on the accounting cycle and small business transactions in a user-oriented environment for students with little computer experience.

BE 106 Records Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Management of records using ARMA rules. Emphasis is on current business practices, systems, supplies, and computers in records control, retrieval, disposal, and database management.

BE 120 Technology Tools
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will allow students hands-on knowledge of technology tools and digital imaging currently used in the business

BE 122 Administrative Support Systems
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Discussion of attitudes, ethics, professional conduct, global market awareness, and effective procedures for encouraging teamwork and discouraging workplace harassment. Emphasis on telecommunications, meeting planning, proofreading and grammar review, time management, organizational tools for electronic offices, and methods to research information for business use.

BE 141 Computerized Keyboarding I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Keyboard mastery and document formatting using a current word processing software package.

BE 142 Computerized Keyboarding II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, BE 145B, and BE 145C “C” or better or instructor consent.
Speed and accuracy building in producing business documents.

BE 145 Information Processing
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 141 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices. This course is equivalent to BE 145A, 145B, and 145C.

BE 145A Information Processing I
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 145B Information Processing II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices

BE 145C Information Processing III
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 146 Excel for Business
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Use of current spreadsheet software on microcomputers.

BE 151 Legal Terminology and Procedures
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 141 and BE 145A.
Emphasis is on definitions, spelling, and pronunciation of legal terms. Familiarizes students with various fields of law and the proper presentation of legal documents.

BE 160 Machine Transcription
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 141 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Development of machine transcription and proofreading skills using computer word processing software.

BE 170 Beginning Web Page Development
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will teach Internet use and research skills. It will also introduce web page design, including basic HTML code, basic graphic manipulation, posting a web page on the Internet using FTP, web page server options, and website design techniques.

BE 180 Business Communications
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: See assessment and placement guide.
Techniques of effective written communications for business. This will include psychology of communicating with customer service emphasis, focus on international communications, and accuracy and conciseness needed for in-house e-mail.

BE 243 Computerized Keyboarding III
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 142 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Skill building and integration of production work typically found in today’s offices.

BE 248B Desktop Publishing II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, B and C or instructor consent.
Use of current software to produce a variety of documents incorporating desktop publishing features and principles of layout and design.

BE 260 Office Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of information management and work flow. Principles of management as applied to the business office. Keyboarding is not required.

BE 261 Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
2 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BE 265 and instructor consent.
Discussion of internship activities.

BE 265 Internship
3 cr. hrs;
40 lab hrs (5 hrs work per week per credit hour).
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BE 261 and instructor consent.
Supervised field program providing work experience in offices for students enrolled in office careers.

BL 201 Business Law I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BA 110 recommended.
A general survey of the basic principles, systems and practices of American law including government agencies and regulation, alternative dispute resolution, torts, employment law, bankruptcy, international law, and consumer protection.

BL 202 Business Law II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BL 201 recommended.
An intensive analysis of law as used in business. Topics include contract law, commercial paper, sales law, partnership and corporation law, and real property transfers.

COMM 105 Essentials of English
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Reviews grammar, punctuation, usage and sentence structure and organizational principles of writing through a variety of tasks. COMM 105 is a required course in several career curricula.

SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.