Legal Office Specialist Certificate Business Total Units: 46.5

Term Effective: Fall 2000

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2005


The Legal Office Specialist Certificate of Achievement prepares the student for employment in a private law office as well as legal departments of business firms, banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, and many government agencies including the court system.

This certificate is the advanced level of the Legal Office program. Students who have completed the Legal Office Support Completion Certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Legal Office Specialist Certificate of Achievement. Completion of the Legal Office Specialist Certificate of Achievement program also provides skills appropriate for further training as a paralegal.

The skills needed of office professionals (i.e., secretary, administrative assistant, office assistant, etc.) in other industries are also required in legal related fields. This program encompasses the integration of 21st Century workforce skills needed of all office professionals emphasizing communication, teamwork, project management, systems development, and problem-solving. This program also provides a foundation in legal procedures and document processing. Legal procedure courses are taught by professionals currently working in the legal field. Job titles may include law office receptionist, file clerk, legal secretary, word document processor, and law office assistant.

While office needs vary, typical duties include maintaining accurate records, keyboarding legal documents, implementing legal procedures, managing cases, and coordinating day-to-day operation of the office. Professionalism is emphasized and education/training are promoted regularly through numerous organizations.

A unique feature of the Legal Office Specialist program is the internship which provides an opportunity to use acquired skills in an office environment and gain experience in the profession before completing the program.

Employers generally report that it is moderately difficult to find inexperienced but qualified applicants, and very difficult to find qualified applicants with prior experience. This indicates a good outlook for job seekers without prior experience, and a very good outlook for those who are fully experienced. Both Sonoma County Legal Secretaries Association and Legal Secretaries Incorporated offer scholarships to students pursuing careers in this occupational area.

More information about the Business Administration programs can be found at the Business Administration Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Legal Office Specialist program are:

  • Complete 46.5 units from
    • Legal Office Specialist Requirements

Legal Office Specialist Requirements - complete 46.50 units
BAD 18The Legal Environment of Business3.00
BGN 71Business English3.00
BGN 81Business Math Skills3.00
BOT 50BKeyboarding and Document Processing1.50
BOT 56AWorkforce Issues for Professional Office Workers3.00
BOT 56BEmployment Issues for Professional Office Workers1.00
BOT 56CSurvival Issues for Professional Office Workers3.00
BOT 56.2Workplace Communication for Professional Office Workers4.00
BOT 59.1Applied Office Technology Skills4.00
BOT 59.2Business Records Skills4.00
Filing Rules and Procedures2.00
BOT 59.2BDatabase and Records Management2.00
BOT 59.3Marketing Your Skills3.00
BOT 73.10AMicrosoft Office Suite for the Office Professional, Level 11.50
BOT 73.10BMicrosoft Office Suite for the Office Professional, Level 21.50
BOT 85.1Introduction to Legal Offices0.50
BOT 85.4ACommencement of Civil Litigation Level 11.00
BOT 85.4BCommencement of Civil Litigation Level 20.50
BOT 85.5ALegal Procedure: Discovery Level 11.00
BOT 85.5BLegal Procedure: Discovery Level 20.50
BOT 85.6Legal Document Processing1.50
BOT 85.3Introduction to Family Law Procedures1.50
BOT 153Typing-Skill Building1.50
BOT 172Basic Filing0.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


BOT 99I should be taken in the final semester of the program.

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