Career and Technical Studies

Degree: 

Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office 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

Admission Requirements: 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

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
AST 1011
1

Students who possess keyboarding skills may petition for advanced placement with Credit by Examination.

Keyboarding I 3 0 3
AST 136 Office Record Keeping 3 0 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
LGL 110 Introduction to the Law and the Legal Assistant 3 0 3
SDV 1006
6

SDV Electives:  SDV 101, SDV 104, SDV 108, SDV 110 

College Success Skills 1 0 1
Elective3
3

Social Sciences Electives:  ECO 201, ECO 202, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 121 ,HIS 122, PLS 211, PLS 212, PSY 200, PSY 215,  PSY 230, SOC 200, SOC 215 

Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
CST 1265
5

Students may take CST 100 or CST 110  which can substitute for the CST 126.

Interpersonal Communication 3 0 3
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3 0 3
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3 0 3
HLT/PED7
7

HLT/PED Electives:  HLT 105, HLT 106, HLT 110, HLT 116, HLT 160, PED 107, PED 109, PED 111, PED 129, PED 147, PED 183 

Health/Physical Education 2 0 2
LGL 218 Criminal Law 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 14 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

Students may choose from NAS, AST, or ITE/ITD/ITN electives.  May also choose: NAS 150, AST 142, AST 150, AST 240, AST 244, AST 247, AST 257, ITD 132, ITD 136, ITD 210, ITD 250, ITD 256, ITE 100, ITE 102, ITE 105, ITE 115, ITE 119, ITE 131, ITE 141, ITE 160, ITE 215, ITE 270, ITN 101, ITN 102, ITN 103, ITN 106, ITN 107, ITN 111, ITN 112, ITN 170, ITN 171, ITN 200, ITN 208, ITN 245, ITN 260, ITN 261, ITN 262, BIO 141, BIO 142 

Natural Science, AST, or IT Elective 3 0 3
LGL 236 Elder Law 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.

LGL courses are not offered during the summer semester.

Seminar and Project in Administrative Support 3 0 3
Elective2
2

Humanities Electives:  ART 101, CST 151,ENG 241 ENG 242 ENG 243 ENG 244  HUM 100, HUM 260, PHI 101 PHI 220 MUS 121 REL 200 REL 210 REL 230 

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
MTH 1328
8

MTH Electives:  MTH 154, MTH 155, MTH 161, MTH 162, MTH 167, MTH 261, MTH 262, MTH 263, MTH 264, MTH 265, MTH 266, MTH 267 

Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Notes:

 

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