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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. 

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
AST 1011 Keyboarding I 3 0 3
AST 136 Office Record Keeping 3 0 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
LGL 110 Intro to Law and the Legal Assistant 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Elective2 Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
Second Semester
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications (Excel) 3 0 3
CST 110 Intro. to Communication 3 0 3
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3 0 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Education 2 0 2
Elective4 Legal Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 17 0 17
Third Semester
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills 3 0 3
AST 141 Word Processing I (Word) 3 0 3
AST 234 Records and Database Management (Access) 3 0 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3
Elective4 Legal Elective 3 0 3
Elective Math/Natural Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Fourth Semester
AST 247 Legal Machine Transcription 3 0 3
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I 3 0 3
AST 298* Seminar and Project 3 0 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
Elective4 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 66
Notes: 

1Students who possess keyboarding skills may petition for advanced placement with Credit by Examination.
2Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.
3The legal assisting student may select from the following electives to fulfill the Legal Assistant degree program: LGL 115 - Real Estate Law for Legal Assistants; LGL 116 - Domestic Relations and Consumer Law; LGL 117 - Family Law; LGL 218 - Criminal Law or ADJ 211; LGL 225 Estate Planning & Probate.**
4Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.
*This is a capstone course and should be taken the last semester.
**LGL courses are not offered during the summer semester.

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