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Legal Office Support Certificate Business Total Units: 16
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Term Effective: Fall 2011


The Legal Office Support Skills Certificate prepares the student to seek employment as administrative 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, students 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 Secretary program. Students who complete the Legal Office Support Skills Certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Legal Secretary Certificate of Achievement.

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 Department programs can be found at the Business Administration Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Use a word processing program to create legal documents and pleadings;
  2. apply correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling in legal documents and correspondence;
  3. use critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal, and collaborative skills to complete work independently or in a team in an ethical and professional manner;
  4. create calendars and follow-up systems and apply time management, project management, and organization skills in managing workload; and
  5. complete office tasks such as filing, providing customer service, using telephone techniques, and managing client files.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Legal Office Support Certificate program are:

  • Complete 16 units from
    • Legal Office Support Requirements

Legal Office Support Requirements - complete 16.00 units
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
BGN 102Typing-Skill Building1.50
BOT 56AWorkforce Issues for Business Professionals3.00
BOT 56BCareer Planning for Business Professionals1.00
BOT 85.1Legal Professions1.00
BOT 172Basic Filing, Self Paced0.50
CS 60.11AMicrosoft Word, Part 11.50
CS 61.11AMicrosoft Excel, Part 11.50
CS 63.11AMicrosoft Access, Part 11.50
CS 65.11Microsoft Office3.00
BOT 85.3Family Law Procedures1.50
BOT 85.4Civil Litigation Practices and Procedures1.50
BOT 85.5Discovery Practices and Procedures1.50
BOT 85.6Legal Document Processing1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2011

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 2013

Previous Versions:

Legal Office Support - effective Fall 2010
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.

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