Program Overview

Through Penn Foster Career School, students have the opportunity to earn a Legal Secretary Diploma. The Legal Secretary program consists of 12 Instruction Sets, taking students through specialized courses to advance students in the profession of a legal secretary.  

Students start out constructing a professional image by identifying personal strengths and ways for improvement. By establishing effective stress management strategies, students learn the importance of relaxation and time management. Students practice effective listening, improving speech and non-verbal communication skills, enunciation and pronunciation, and positive interpersonal relations. Through developing adequate communication skills, students are able to execute project coordination, leadership tasks, customer relations, and practice business ethics. Students should learn how to use a business traveler profile, make travel arrangements, and plan online meetings.

In learning filing techniques, students file according to the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International), using color-coded and electronic filing systems. Students work with handling records and archiving technologies. The students learn security and ethical issues in the workplace, how to format business documents, and use basic and advanced word processing functions. Reviewing the fundamentals of English, students brush up on grammar, figures of speech, editing techniques and first-person narratives. Students create documents with graphs, charts and text, using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

In the Legal Secretary program, students learn various legal terminologies. The students utilize terminology in contracts, criminal law, and business organization. Students learn to prepare legal documents including pleadings, discovery and appellate procedures. The program’s course materials conclude with Office Finances and Management. Students track income and travel expenses, maintain inventory records, and supervise and evaluate employee performance.

Completing the Legal Secretary Diploma program through Penn Foster, students can further communications skills, personal computer skills, and how to use the latest office technologies.

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    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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