Legal Assistant

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Downtown Campus

 

Bob Traufler
Career Advisor
253.680.7412

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

A student in the Legal Assistant programThe Legal Assistant program is not currently accepting new students for admission.

Students in this program prepare for administrative support careers in the legal environment serving law firms, corporations and government agencies, as well as municipal, state and federal courts. The curriculum offers extensive hands-on training in the preparation of legal documents. Students are introduced to different areas of legal specialization through preparation of legal documents for mock cases, which provides exposure to many areas of the law. To enhance skills, students often participate in work-based learning opportunities with local law firms, government legal offices, and corporations. Students are prepared for the Accredited Legal Secretary certification (ALS) and are encouraged become members of NALS...the association for legal professionals.

Prerequisite: Minimum typing ability of 25 words per minute on keyboard.

Students scoring below these levels often have difficulty successfully completing the program. Please consult with instructor.

Individuals with a criminal charge or any type of criminal background may find it exceeding difficult to find employment in the legal profession.

Program Length: Six quarters (approximate)

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Degree: 111 Credits

Recommended COMPASS Scores
Read:
85 and above
Write: 77 and above
College Algebra: 35 and above
Differential Aptitude Test - Clerical Speed: 45
Differential Aptitude Test - Spelling: 44
Differential Aptitude Test - Language Usage: 19

Students scoring below these levels often have difficulty successfully completing the program. Please consult with instructor.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100&+ Level Humanities/Social Science electives (See list.) 
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
ENGL& 101 English Composition
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REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS

LEGAL 103 Legal Office Procedures 
LEGAL 104 MS Outlook 
LEGAL 105 Records Management 
LEGAL 108 Legal Terminology 
LEGAL 109 Legal Research 
LEGAL 111 Introduction to MS Word 
LEGAL 112 MS Word Applications 5
LEGAL 113 Criminal Law 5
LEGAL 201 Beginning Accounting 
LEGAL 202 Legal Office Projects
LEGAL 203 Legal Billing Software 
LEGAL 205 MS PowerPoint for Legal Assistants 
LEGAL 206 MS Excel 
LEGAL 208 Ethics 
LEGAL 209 Civil Litigation 
LEGAL 211 ALS Preparation I 
LEGAL 212 ALS Preparation II 
LEGAL 213 ALS Certification Exam 
LEGAL 215 Keyboarding 
LEGAL 216 Business Grammar

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Depending upon availability, students may choose work-based learning experiences/seminars or LEGAL 281,282, and 283 or any combination of the courses listed below.  (12 total credits)

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
LEGAL 281 Independent Project I 
LEGAL 282 Independent  Project II 
LEGAL 283 Independent Project III or
LEGAL 291 Work-based Learning Experience I and
LEGAL 294 Work-based Learning Seminar  
LEGAL 292 Work-based Learning Experience II and
LEGAL 295 Work-based Learning Seminar  
LEGAL 293 Work-based Learning Experience III and
LEGAL 296 Work-based Learning Seminar
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Humanities/Social Sciences Electives List CREDITS
ENG& 235 Technical Writing                                   
CMST& 220 Public Speaking
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications 
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology
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Associate of Technology Degree: 101 Credits

Recommended COMPASS Scores
Read: 80 and above
Write: 40 and above
Pre-Algebra: 55 and above

Students scoring below these levels often have difficulty successfully completing the program. Please consult with instructor.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 
100+ Level Mathematics 
ENGL& 101 English Composition I
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REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
LEGAL 103 Legal Office Procedures 
LEGAL 104 MS Outlook 
LEGAL 105 Records Management 
LEGAL 108 Legal Terminology 
LEGAL 109 Legal Research 
LEGAL 111 Introduction to MS Word
LEGAL 112 MS Word Applications 
LEGAL 113 Criminal Law 
LEGAL 201 Beginning Accounting 
LEGAL 202 Legal Office Projects 
LEGAL 203 Legal Billing Software 
LEGAL 205 MS PowerPoint for Legal Assistants 
LEGAL 206 MS Excel 
LEGAL 208 Ethics 
LEGAL 209 Civil Litigation 
LEGAL 211 ALS Preparation I 
LEGAL 212 ALS Preparation II 
LEGAL 213 ALS Certification Exam 
LEGAL 215 Keyboarding 
LEGAL 216 Business Grammar 
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Depending upon availability, students may choose work-based learning experiences/seminars or LEGAL 281,282, and 283 or any combination of the courses listed below.  (12 total credits).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
LEGAL 281 Independent Project I 
LEGAL 282 Independent  Project II 
LEGAL 283 Independent Project III  or
LEGAL 291 Work-based Learning Experience I and
LEGAL 294 Work-based Learning Seminar  
LEGAL 292 Work-based Learning Experience II and
LEGAL 295 Work-based Learning Seminar  
LEGAL 293 Work-based Learning Experience III and
LEGAL 296 Work-based Learning Seminar
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Certificate of Competency: 59 Credits

Recommended COMPASS Scores
Read: 80 and above
Write: 40 and above
Pre-Algebra: 35 and above

Students scoring below these levels often have difficulty successfully completing the program. Please consult with instructor.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
90+ Level Human Relations 
90+ Level Mathematics 
90+ Level Communications
5
5
5
REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
LEGAL 103 Legal Office Procedures 
LEGAL 104 MS Outlook 
LEGAL 105 Records Management 
LEGAL 108 Legal Terminology 
LEGAL 109 Legal Research 
LEGAL 111 Introduction to MS Word 
LEGAL 113 Criminal Law 
LEGAL 203 Legal Billing Software 
LEGAL 206 MS Excel 
LEGAL 208 Ethics 
LEGAL 209 Civil Litigation 
LEGAL 216 Business Grammar
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4
5
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