Credits: 45-48 | Length of Program: 6 quarters
Legal Assistant - Certificate of Completion
The overall program goal of the Legal Assistant Certificate is to prepare students for careers as legal assistants working under the supervision of lawyers and other legal professionals. In addition, it is the aim of the program to provide students with knowledge of legal concepts, procedures and essential skills required to serve the needs of a complex legal and business community. The Program emphasizes technical office skills as well as organizational, interpersonal, analytical and technological skills that support students in their professional pursuits and provides a broad range of skills for positions in a variety of legal settings such as private law firms, government agencies, community action agencies, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, estate and trust departments of large banks, or real estate and title companies. The curriculum consists of a combination of legal practice concentration, law-related, and general education courses. Students seeking a career as a legal assistant must be able to write clearly, communicate effectively, be proficient with office computer systems, and possess a high degree of motivation and analytical reasoning capability.
The Paralegal Program promotes ethical awareness and professional responsibility, and encourages development of the Paralegal and LLLT occupations.
The paralegal field continues as one of the fastest growing professions. Job opportunities are continuing to increase and expand into new areas and include employment in both the public and private sectors. Earnings vary depending on the size of the community, geographic location, size, and business of the employing agency, and the legal assistant’s education, background, and work experience. Many legal assistant positions are part of a career ladder with promotional opportunities to paralegal positions with additional education and experience.
At the completion of the Legal Assistant Certificate, the successful student will be able to:
- Exhibit critical thinking skills in analyzing legal processes and problems
- Analyze, synthesize and communicate information about legal issues and processes in writing and in oral presentations
- Use technological applications to efficiently produce, manage, and submit accurate legal documents
- Recognize and apply reason to ethical issues in business, including the legal implications of business practices
- Develop and practice appropriate and relevant interaction skills across personal, academic and professional settings
All students required to complete precollege Math or English coursework must complete HDEV 101: Enhancing Student Success (3 credits) within their first two quarters of attendance.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
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Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
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Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, DIVERSITY, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, DIVERSITY, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
Effective Catalog Year 2018-2019
Students will also need to demonstrate keyboarding proficiency.
Legal core courses are offered in the evening.