Lawyers Journal

Computer training for lawyers & staff for December

In conjunction with CompuWorks Systems, a service of the MBA's new Legal Tech Toolbox, the MBA is now offering training in a variety of major computer programs geared specifically for lawyers and law firms. As a member benefit, MBA members and their staffs are eligible to register for these half-day seminars at special discounted prices.

The cost to attend these seminars is $115 for MBA members, $160 for non-members and $75 for law students. Space is limited. To register, use the CLE form in Lawyers Journal, visit our Web site at www.MassBar.org/cle or call the MBA Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530.

Basic PowerPoint Skills for Law Firms Friday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CompuWorks, 330 Congress St., Boston

While working on a legal PowerPoint presentation, students will learn how to create and edit bullet slides, use PowerPoint's drawing tools, incorporate clip art and WordArt, create and enhance organization charts and create and edit charts by using Microsoft Graph.

Prerequisites: Basic Windows skills

Length: One half day

Effective PowerPoint Legal Presentations Friday, Dec. 5, 1:30-5 p.m.
CompuWorks, 330 Congress St., Boston

The purpose of this course is to give legal users tips on how to create presentations that most effectively and dynamically project the content. In addition, time will be spent discussing Web sites that offer free clip art, templates and presentation advice.

Prerequisites: Basic PowerPoint or equivalent skills

Length: One half day

Excel Databases and Charts for Law Firms
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1:30-5 p.m.
MBA Western Office, 73 State St., Springfield

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1:30-5 p.m.
CompuWorks, 600 W. Cummings Park, Suite 1625, Woburn
This course provides basic techniques for charting worksheet data. Students will learn to create, edit, format and print charts. Excel database features are introduced. Students will manipulate data lists to sort and find data using AutoFilter and advanced filter options.

Prerequisites: Excel Worksheets or equivalent experience

Length: One half day

Excel worksheets for Law Firms
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MBA Western Office, 73 State St., Springfield

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CompuWorks, 600 W. Cummings Park, Suite 1625, Woburn
This course will acquaint you with the use of Excel in a law office. Upon completion of the training, you will be able to create, save and print worksheets. You will also learn how to enter simple formulas, cut and paste data, format a worksheet.

Prerequisites: Experience in the Windows environment

Length: One half day

Word long legal documents
Monday, Dec. 8, 1:30-5 p.m.
MBA Western Office, 73 State St., Springfield

Monday, Dec. 15, 1:30-5 p.m.
CompuWorks, 600 W. Cummings Park, Suite 1625, Woburn

Thursday, Dec. 18, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
CompuWorks, 330 Congress St., Boston
This course is designed to help the user who works with long legal documents. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on specific features used in multi-page legal documents. Upon completion of the training, you will be able to add headers and footers, use section breaks, find and replace phrases and formats, and more.

Prerequisites: Word Basic or equivalent skills

Length: One half day

Basic keyboarding skills
Monday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
MBA Western Office, 73 State St., Springfield

Monday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CompuWorks, 600 W. Cummings Park, Suite 1625, Woburn

Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CompuWorks, 330 Congress St., Boston
Keyboarding is the process of inputting or recording data using a keyboard, which is similar to a typewriter. Like any skill, it requires practice.

By completing this course, a person will develop a communication skill that can be used for the rest of one's life. The target population would be for those who would like to be introduced or reintroduced to the keyboard using the touch method. Keyboarding skills are essential for anyone who interacts with a computer.

Prerequisites: None

Length: Half day


NOTE: To learn how to touch-type the 26 letters of the alphabet would require 12-16 hours of instruction. Although the participants attending a half-day session will not successfully learn how to touch-type, they will feel comfortable with the general use of the keyboard.

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