Last updated 2/11/2014
Certificate Code: 9150
Completion of this certificate program prepares the student to seek employment as clerical support staff in legal-related offices. Students will be required to complete credit hours in legal procedures so that they are familiar with law office practices. In addition they will receive training in 21st century workforce skills emphasizing communication, team work, project management, problem solving, and systems development.
In addition to the professional law office staff, legal-related offices seek employees who can assist the legal secretary, paralegals, attorneys, and others to complete office tasks. The titles for these positions will vary.
The Legal Office Support position is not a terminal occupation. Individuals employed in this type of work will be presented with opportunities to move up the corporate ladder upon receiving additional work experience, training, and/or education. Many students will work in this area on a part-time basis as they continue their education. Still others prefer part-time work due to family or other personal responsibilities. A job in an office as a Legal Office Support person will allow individuals to experience the law office environment before deciding on the type of law and type of office in which they would like to seek more permanent employment.
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 106 — Records Management – fall only (3)
BE 120 — Technology Tools – fall only (2)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
BE 145 A,B,C — Information Processing I, II, III or (3)
BE 145 — Information Processing
BE 160 — Machine Transcription – fall only (3)
BE 248B — Desktop Publishing II – fall only (1)
BE 122 — Administrative Support Systems - spring only (3)
BE 142 — Computerized Keyboarding II - spring only (3)
BE 151 — Legal Terminology and Procedures - spring only (3)
BL 201 — Business Law I (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)
Minimum total hours required for certificate (32)
The Legal Office Support Certificate is based upon a “ladder” concept so that students may exit the program after 32 hours or continue to pursue the Legal Office Professional Associate in Applied Science degree. The certificate consists of the first two semesters of the degree.
Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.