Legal Secretary

Program Course Description:

The Legal Secretary program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as a legal secretary. Program graduates will be employable by law firms, attorneys, and other businesses requiring legal services. The program teaches students fundamentals of the profession, including American Law, court systems, litigation, law specialties, and how to build their own Cybrary.

Upon completion of the Legal Secretary program, graduates can perform interview (interrogations), legal writing, and use citations for legal documents.

Program Syllabus:

Paralegal: 270 Hours

  • Lesson 1    Introduction to the Paralegal Profession
  • Lesson 2    The Law Firm Structure and Operation
  • Lesson 3    History and Basis of U.S. Law
  • Lesson 4    Court Structure and System
  • Lesson 5    Civil Litigation
  • Lesson 6    Grammar – The Eight Parts of Speech
  • Lesson 7    Spelling, Word Usage, Punctuation, and Capitalization
  • Lesson 8    Advanced Research and Citation
  • Lesson 9    Citation
  • Lesson 10    Analysis and Legal Writing
  • Lesson 11    Bankruptcy
  • Lesson 12    Business Law
  • Lesson 13    Contract Law
  • Lesson 14    Corporate Law
  • Lesson 15    Criminal Law
  • Lesson 16    Family Law
  • Lesson 17    Estate Planning
  • Lesson 18    Real Estate
  • Lesson 19    Torts and Tortfeasors
  • Lesson 20    Interviews

Office Procedures Level 1: 30 hours

This course teaches introductory office procedures and practices to the novice office worker. It consists of six Lessons and a Final Exam. Each Lesson is divided into Sections with related Tasks. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.

Office Procedures Level 2: 30 Hours

This course covers a variety of topics as it simulates an office environment and challenges students with tasks that they would typically perform. This course consists of six Lessons and a Final Exam. Each Lesson is divided into Sections with related Tasks. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.

E-Book:

Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work 6th edition eBook

  • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Have successfully completed a training program or one year of work experience within the field

Career Information:

A legal secretary career is a good fit for those interested in analyzing data, researching, writing documents, continual learning, and working in an office. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for secretaries and administrative assistants was $34,660 a year in 2010. Legal secretaries are employed in various organizations, such as

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Government agencies

Business organizations look for employees with legal skills who can assist the lawyers. These specialized employees maintain and organize files, research case facts, and draft legal documents. As clients continue to demand lower prices, this career path will grow to satisfy that demand.

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