Legal Assistant - Certificate

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Legal Assistant - 25 credit Certificate
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0 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
2 cr
LEGL1210
Legal Specialties I
This course introduces the student to legal procedures and law office ethics. Students meet with court staff and personnel from local law offices, learn to utilize law libraries and online research tools, and prepare litigation pleadings and standard legal templates through the use of word processing and legal terminology. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
LEGL1212
Legal Specialties II
This course expands on concepts gained from Legal Specialties I, including the study of criminal law where students observe actual court proceedings, real estate law where students tour the County Recorder and Abstract Offices, business law, contract law and estate planning. Students also have the opportunity to job shadow in local offices. (Prerequisite: LEGL1210) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
LEGL1216
Legal Transcription I
This course covers transcription of dictated and rough-draft legal material into a variety of usable legal letters and documents. Emphasis will be on legal terminology, correct formatting, authentic forms and material, editing, proofreading, and correcting errors. (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
LEGL1217
Legal Transcription II
This course covers the application of multiple skills as the students continue the use of their transcription skills for transcribing dictated and rough-draft legal documents. Emphasis is placed on correct formatting, editing, proofreading, legal and general spelling and terminology along with communication skills, listening skills and application or grammatical and technical skills. (Prerequisite: LEGL1216) (4 credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
LEGL1218
Legal Office Procedures I
This course gives a broad exposure to legal terminology, legal ethics and client confidentiality, and the most common duties to be performed in the law office. It provides a strong focus on organization, communication, and teamwork within an office setting. Realistic situations are simulated within the classroom setting. The course will take a hands-on approach to presenting and teaching the main methods of manually storing information in the modern office as well as showing how to file/store and retrieve documents on a computer. A strong emphasis will focus on tracking and calendaring cases and important deadlines. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
LEGL1219
Legal Office Procedures II
This advanced skill building course is a continuation of Legal Office Procedures I, allowing a broader array of projects and more in-depth skill building. It enables the student to obtain a specialist's background in completing legal materials. Students are given experience in performing a wide range of office activities under realistic conditions. They will complete a divorce packet utilizing the HotDocs program which will combine all skills previously learned to include: interviewing clients, telephone techniques, file management, letter writing, document preparation and diary/tracking systems. The students will job shadow at the offices of private attorneys, court administration, and other government offices. (Prerequisite: LEGL1218) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
LEGL1222
Legal Terminology I
This course covers the phonetic pronunciations, definitions, usages, and spellings of legal terms in eight separate areas of the law through clear language and repetition exercises. This learning approach will enable the student to effectively write and speak using appropriate legal terminology required to succeed in a legal office setting. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
 
25 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 25



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