Legal Assisting

Be ready to step in to assist attorneys in the performance of their professional duties. Legal administrative assistants are increasingly relied upon by 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.

You’ll be eligible to take certification exams to become an Accredited Legal Professional (ALP), Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

Stark Sate also 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.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a legal assisting certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in legal assisting:

  • Student Success Seminar
  • College Composition
  • Keyboarding/Formatting
  • Editing, Proofreading and Language Skills
  • Government and Legal Ethics
  • Legal Terminology
  • Legal Office Procedures
  • Keyboarding Skill Building
  • Word Processing – Microsoft Word
  • Explorations in Modern Mathematics or Statistics
  • Legal Transcription
  • Legal Office Applications
  • Cultural Diversity

Certificate Credits 35

Take these additional courses to earn an associate degree in legal assisting that you can take right to the workforce or easily transfer to a bachelor’s degree program:

  • Introduction to Law and the Legal System
  • Records Management
  • Spreadsheet – Microsoft Excel
  • Political Science
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Effective Speaking
  • Business Administration or State and Local Government
  • AOT Practicum
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Microsoft Outlook

Additional Credits 27

TOTAL CREDITS FOR DEGREE 62

Associate of applied business in legal assisting

  • Betty Jean Morford Scholarship

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  • law firms
  • corporate legal departments
  • government agencies
  • legal assistant
  • administrative assistant
  • legal researcher
  • law clerk