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Legal administrative assistants are employed in private law firms, offices of public defenders, court systems, government agencies, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, banks, real estate agencies, community service agencies and programs, consumer organizations and health care facilities. Today’s law firms are redefining their management structure out of economic necessity. Effective use of support staff is becoming increasingly important.

The program prepares students to assist attorneys in the performance of their professional duties.

The goal is that graduates will be able to organize work areas, use legal resources, make decisions, and exhibit proficiency in the use of legal office procedures and legal information systems; apply practical knowledge and utilize technical skills such as data input methods (keyboarding and voice recognition), transcription, proofreading, legal document production, integrated computer applications, legal research, records management, and use of the Internet; demonstrate employability skills and professionalism in legal office occupations, and work in individual, team and group settings; must be able to form ideas and information verbally and in written form, use computational skills for solving legal office problems and making analytical judgments; acquire, organize and evaluate information to make decisions and solve problems in legal environments.

Legal Assisting One-Year Certificate

Stark Sate offers a one-year certificate program in legal assisting for non-degree-seeking students. Students selecting the certificate program may apply credits earned in this one-year program to the associate degree. You will be awarded a certificate in legal assisting upon completion of the program.

For course descriptions visit here.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
AOT130  Communication & Transcription Skills
AOT121  Keyboarding/Formatting
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
BUS121  Business Administration
IRT131  Legal Terminology
AOT127  Word Processing Microsoft Word
AOT129  Keyboarding Skill Building
AOT239  Legal Transcription
AOT224  Legal Office Procedures
AOT132  Records Management
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics
AOT226  Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel
AOT237  Legal Office Applications
ACC130  Business Law and Ethics
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
ACC121  Principles of Accounting
COM121  Effective Speaking
AOT232  AOT Practicum
AOT235  Legal Research and Writing
PSY121  General Psychology or SOC121 Sociology
ITD108  Microsoft Outlook

TOTAL CREDITS 64

One-Year Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
AOT121  Keyboarding/Formatting
AOT130  Communication & Transcription Skills
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
IRT131  Legal Terminology
AOT224  Legal Office Procedures
AOT129  Keyboarding Skill Building
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics
AOT239  Legal Transcription
AOT237  Legal Office Applications
ACC130  Business Law and Ethics

TOTAL CREDITS 35