Legal Secretary
Penn Foster

Program Details

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 evalu


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.