Certificate in Law Office Administrative Assistant

The certificate prepares students as entry-level law office administrative assistants, a position leading to higher-level employment including, legal secretary, or paralegal. Graduates are trained to assist in operating private law firms, courts and government agencies, corporations, and other businesses/organizations conducting law-related work. Students gain skills in preparing correspondence, utilizing legal filing systems, scheduling and coordinating depositions and meetings, and providing multifaceted office support in fast-paced legal environments. Students also gain skill in professional communication, workplace behavior, and proper office attire and grooming.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic structure of the American legal system
  • Describe the fundamentals of organizing documents and utilizing filing systems
  • Compose basic correspondence to communicate effectively with attorneys, clients, witnesses, and the general public
  • Demonstrate organizational skills in a legal office setting
  • Describe the law office administrative assistant’s role in maintaining the legal field’s ethical and professional standards

Class Requirements

ENGL 111                                Composition and Rhetoric (3) [and]

ENGL 112                                Composition and Literature (3) [or]

ENGL 119                                Professional Communications (3)

LEGL 111                                 Introduction to American Law for Paralegals (3)

LEGL 114                                 Legal Secretarial Skills (3)

OFTC 111                                 Business Software Essentials (4)

TOTAL 16 CREDITS MIN.

SFCC Campus Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

SFCC Will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. Classes will start on Jan 22.