If you've ever taken "generic" Word training or bought even the simplest Word book, you know their examples look nothing like your daily work, and they don't even cover legal-specific features like Table of Authorities. The Efficient Lawyer's Guide to Word uses examples straight out of everyday legal practice and covers the features you want to learn.
Want to know why "lunch-and-learn" sessions are so prevalent at law offices? It's because people who work in law offices don't have time to attend training! The Efficient Lawyer's Guide to Word is available online 24/7 from your desktop, laptop or mobile device. It's ready when you are and out of your way when you're not!
You can jump around The Efficient Lawyer's Guide to Word's short, easy-to-digest lessons and learn whatever feature you need or solve whatever problem you have in the moment, or you can go through the course in sequential order for a more comprehensive learning experience. It's your choice! No more hours-long information dumps in the training room that leave your head spinning. It's learning that's compatible with your workstyle.
I'm a former paralegal, legal secretary and software trainer with over 20 years experience working in and with law firms of all sizes. And like many of you, I had to transition from WordPerfect to Word (aaaargh!). Hard as that was, I found that anything I could do in WordPerfect I could replicate in Word, and I've developed faster and easier ways of performing common daily tasks that can help you get work product out the door with less stress. Click here to learn more about me.
The Ribbon isn't the most intuitive thing, is it? I'll give you the guided tour of Tabs, Command Groups, and other feature so you can find whatever commands you need.
Here's where the rubber really meets the road! From basic shortcut keys to using templates to inserting special symbols and characters, these are the basic Word skills you need to know.
Tables & columns are great for keeping a tight reign on text placement. I show you how to repeat header rows, sort rows, navigate between cells/rows/columns, format borders, change internal margins, and convert plain text to a table in a couple of clicks!
These are the features that get short shrift in other tutorials: Table of Authorities and Table of Contents. Plus, for those of you who handle long documents with complex page formatting (like briefs or contract), I include a lesson on how to use Sections to control page formatting, including page numbering schemes (i.e., page i versus page 1) and distinct headers & footers between sections.
There's more to getting around in your document than simply scrolling up and down - there are ways to "jump to" specific pages, etc. Plus, learn how to zoom and change views.
This is where you'll learn about not only essential character, paragraph and page formatting, but also about headers, footers & watermarks. Plus, I include an introduction to automatic paragraph numbering.
Before you hit that Print button, STOP! First, you've got to do spelling & grammar check, let Document Inspector scrub your metadata, and use Print Preview to double-check your document. Plus, I show you how to PDF your document and how to format and print envelopes & labels.
Sign up during this special promotion, and I'll throw in several bonus items designed to help you get the most out of this course. There are bonuses for you WordPerfect lovers, for anyone who has to deal with pleading paper format, and much more.
The course is a strategic mixture of short instructional videos and fully-illustrated screenshot tutorials in 45 bite-sized lessons that show you exactly how to perform each step to get the desired result in Word.
Lessons are organized into modules so you can find just the lesson you need when you need it. You don't have to take lessons "in order", and you can track your progress by checking off lessons as you go.
Have a question while you're reviewing a lesson? There's a handy feedback form in the right-hand sidebar of every lesson that gives you a direct line to my email inbox. You'll get priority attention because your email will have a special subject line that lets me know that you're a student in the course.
No course is for everybody! Here's who I've found have the most to gain from The Efficient Lawyer's Guide to Word, versus those who would not.
Take 10-15 minutes to go through one lesson each work day, and I guarantee you'll be working faster and smarter with Microsoft Word, with less frustration and fewer time-wasting "what button do I press now?" moments, from now on. If you don't agree, I'll refund your money, no questions asked, so long as you request your refund within 60 days of purchase.
Sign up for The Efficient Lawyer's Guide to Word course during this limited promotion, and I'll throw in these bonuses:
I want to reward "action takers", so I'm offering you this course for $20 less than the regular price plus
the bonuses described above if you enroll before the clock runs out!
Your purchase receipt (which you'll receive via email) will have a link to the first lesson and detailed instructions on how to log in. That same link will also appear on the purchase confirmation page online after your payment is processed.
You'll also automatically receive a series of emails that will guide you through the course and give you detailed login instructions at the bottom of each email.
You can log in from virtually any page on my site via a widget in the right-hand sidebar that looks like this:
Or you can go to https://legalofficeguru.com/login/ - either way works! You'll also see "Course Login" in the top navigation bar of every page on my site.
You have lifetime access to the course! As long as this site is up and running, you can come back and go through the lessons at your leisure.
If you decide within 60 days of purchase that the course isn't right for you, email me at [email protected], and I'll process your refund within 24 hours. No questions asked! Depending on your bank or card, it may take 2-3 days for the refund to show up in your account.
Online services like Lynda and Udemy are great for picking up new skills. But The Efficient Lawyer's Guide to Word not only teaches you these same skills but applies them to the law office/legal department context. You'll see how to use these skills in documents like the ones you work with everyday.
The lessons are delivered via online courseware and do not have downloadable versions. The bonuses can be downloaded (mostly PDFs).
Unfortunately, no. (Not yet.) This course only covers the Windows versions from 2007 through 2016/Office 365.