Legal administrative assistants are employed in private law firms, offices of public defenders, court systems, government agencies, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, banks, real estate agencies, community service agencies and programs, consumer organizations and health care facilities. Today’s law firms are redefining their management structure out of economic necessity. Effective use of support staff is becoming increasingly important.
The program prepares students to assist attorneys in the performance of their professional duties.
The goal is that graduates will be able to organize work areas, use legal resources, make decisions, and exhibit proficiency in the use of legal office procedures and legal information systems; apply practical knowledge and utilize technical skills such as data input methods (keyboarding and voice recognition), transcription, proofreading, legal document production, integrated computer applications, legal research, records management, and use of the Internet; demonstrate employability skills and professionalism in legal office occupations, and work in individual, team and group settings; must be able to form ideas and information verbally and in written form, use computational skills for solving legal office problems and making analytical judgments; acquire, organize and evaluate information to make decisions and solve problems in legal environments.
Stark Sate offers a one-year certificate program in legal assisting for non-degree-seeking students. Students selecting the certificate program may apply credits earned in this one-year program to the associate degree. You will be awarded a certificate in legal assisting upon completion of the program.
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