Legal Office (221-260-01)

Award: Certificate in Career Studies

Gainful Employment

Option: Legal Office

Length: Twenty-seven (27) credit hours

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Cinda Schmitt

Purpose: This program is designed to provide entry-level and specialized legal office skills for individuals preparing for positions in a legal office or for those presently in business who desire to increase their knowledge or update their skills. Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess basic skills and knowledge that can lead to an entry-level position as a legal assistant.

Occupational Objectives

Positions in :

  • Private law firms
  • Mortgage companies
  • Banks
  • Title insurance companies
  • Private corporations
  • Government
  • Administrative agencies

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Legal Office Career Studies Certificate requires proficiency in basic arithmetic and English. Students who are not proficient in these subjects will be required to correct their deficiencies in the developmental courses. To enter the Legal Office Career Studies Certificate program, students must have completed AST 102 or have the equivalent keyboarding skills. Students must demonstrate proficiency in AST 102 by taking and passing the AST 102 Credit-by-Examination with a minimum grade of “B” or by enrolling in the course.

Program Requirements

The curriculum in Legal Office Career Studies Certificate combines instruction in the areas required for competence as an entry-level employee in business, government, and other organizations. Candidates must successfully complete all required courses and must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all AST, BUS, ITE, and LGL courses.

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

Fall Term
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
AST Elective1 1
AST Elective1 1
AST Elective1 1
BUS 241 Business Law I 3
ITE 115 Intro. Computer App. & Concepts 3
Total 12

Spring Term
AST 205 Business Communications 3
AST 234 Records and Database Management 3
AST 247 Legal Machine Transcription 3
LGL 130 Law Office Admin. & Management 3
LGL 230 Legal Transactions 3
Total 15

Total Minimum Credits 27

1 The one-credit AST Electives must be selected from any of the AST one-credit courses.