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Associates of Applied Science in Legal Administration Assistant
Alexandria Technical and Community College currently offers an online Associate in Applied Science degree in Legal Administrative Assistant. Students will prepare for employment in the fast-paced legal system as a part of the administration team. Not only will students learn the many skills involved in administration, such as computer applications and accounting, but students will also study important law concepts and procedures which are vital for any employee in the legal system to know.
This program requires 68 credit hours and can be completed within four semesters plus a summer internship or elective. The first semester covers the basics of administration, such as keyboarding and composition, as well as introductions to legal office procedures and ethics. The second semester continues with more advanced word processing skills plus courses in civil litigation and criminal procedures. Semester three consists of advanced word techniques plus courses such as estates, legal research, and legal transcription. The fourth semester includes courses in accounting and other advanced computer applications as well as legal classes in communication and debtor/creditor and intellectual property.
Finally, students must complete an internship or approved technical elective during the fifth semester to complete their degree. Students must also select six general education courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, which include subjects in science, communications, and the humanities.
A Legal Administrator is an employee in a law office or department, often a law office manager, who is responsible for the law firm’s basic operations. The individual makes sure that the appropriate legal services are delivered to clients; they also identifies and develops business opportunities. Although legal administrators are not attorneys, they must have solid knowledge about legal policies and procedures in order to best meet the needs of clients and to make sure the law firm runs efficiently and productively, making them a vital member of any legal team.
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North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
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