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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office with a major in Administrative Support Technology and a Specialization in Legal Assistant.
Length: 
Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: 

The Legal Assistant Specialization is designed to teach the technical skills and critical thinking skills required of the legal assistant. Legal assistants perform independent legal work under the supervision of an attorney.  Some of the legal assistant’s most important tasks include helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.  Legal assistants may help prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and draft contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Corporate Paralegal
  • Paralegal Supervisor

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Administrative Support Technology: Legal Assistant Specialization program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years. 

First Year
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3 0 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3 0 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Education 2 0 2
Elective3
3

The legal assisting student may select from the following electives to fulfill the Legal Assistant degree program: LGL 115 - Real Estate Law for Legal AssistantsLGL 116 - Domestic Relations and Consumer LawLGL 117 - Family LawLGL 218 - Criminal Law or ADJ 211LGL 225 Estate Planning & Probate.(LGL courses are not offered during the summer semester.)

Legal Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 17 0 17
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills 3 0 3
AST 141 Word Processing I 3 0 3
AST 234 Records and Database Management 3 0 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3
Elective4
4

Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.

Legal Elective 3 0 3
Elective Math/Natural Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 247 Legal Machine Transcription 3 0 3
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I 3 0 3
AST 298*
*

This is a capstone course and should be taken the last semester.

Seminar and Project in Administrative Support 3 0 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
Elective4
4

Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Notes:

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