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.
- 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 Number||Course Title||Lect. Hrs.||Lab Hrs.||Course Cr.|
|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|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||16||0||16|
|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|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||17||0||17|
|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|
|Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester||18||0||18|
|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|
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.