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Legal Office Support Certificate Business Total Units: 17.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Legal Office Support Skills Certificate prepares the student to seek employment as clerical support staff in legal-related offices. In addition to the professional law office staff, legal-related offices seek employees who can assist the legal secretary, paralegals, attorneys, and others to complete office tasks. These are entry-level positions in law offices that require employees to have some understanding of the field of law. The titles for these positions will vary. Individuals should compare the skill sets obtained in the courses with the job descriptions.

Students will be required to complete units in legal procedures so that they are familiar with law office practices. Legal procedure courses are taught by professionals currently working in the legal field. In addition, they will receive training in 21st Century workforce skills emphasizing communication, teamwork, project management, problem-solving, and systems development.

The Legal Office Support Skills Certificate is the first level of the Legal Office program. Students who complete the Legal Office Support Skills Certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Legal Office Specialist Certificate of Achievement.

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.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. More information about the Business Office Technology programs can be found at the Business Office Technology website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Legal Office Support Certificate program are:

  • Complete 17.5 units from
    • Legal Office Support Requirements

Legal Office Support Requirements - complete 17.50 units
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
BGN 81Practical Business Math Skills3.00
BOT 56AWorkforce Issues for Professional Office Workers3.00
BOT 56BEmployment Issues for Professional Office Workers1.00
CS 65.11Microsoft Office3.00
BOT 85.1Legal Professions1.00
BGN 102Typing-Skill Building1.50
BOT 172Basic Filing, Self Paced0.50
BOT 85.3Family Law Procedures1.50
BOT 85.6Legal Document Processing1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2010

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: Fall 2011

Previous Versions:

Legal Office Support - effective Fall 2001

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.


CS 65.11A was BOT 73.10A (Part of BOT/CIS to CS conversion. Curriculum Office 5/27/09)

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