PLY354 - Computer Applications for Paralegals

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Subject Title
Computer Applications for Paralegals

Subject Description
Through the creation of professional resumes and cover letters, and the participation in a face-to-face mock job interview, students will develop skills necessary to enhance student employability. Students will also study general marketing principles and the Law Society Ontario Rules and By-Laws to develop a marketing strategy for a fictitious paralegal firm. Students will learn how to create specialized websites, business cards, and social media profiles and use the latest presentation software to create and deliver professional presentations. 

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Paralegal Diploma Program offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Create professional cover letters and resumes that link education, personal, and work experience to employability skills in the legal industry;

2. Create an effective LinkedIn profile to build an individual brand presence online;

3Participate in a face-to-face mock job interview to demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills;

4. Develop a marketing strategy for a fictitious paralegal firm in accordance with general marketing principles and the Law Society of Ontario’s Rules and By-Laws;

5. Create specialized websites and business cards;

6. Use presentation software to create and present a slide show that incorporates the principles of persuasion and marketing;

7. Compose routine legal documents using proper grammar, spelling, and style;

8 . Format and edit routine legal documents;

9. Create and modify forms/templates using advanced Microsoft Word features; and

10. Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled. 

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.