: EnglishShort Description
: Certified Legal Secretaries perform clerical duties at law firms and other legal offices. Unlike general office secretaries, legal secretaries require extensive knowledge of legal proceedings and documentation. They may do factual or legal research at all levels of a case and will often organize meetings, appointments and dates for attorneys. Some of the duties of a legal secretary include overseeing all clerical tasks that are necessary for keeping a law firm running efficiently. A legal secretary works under general supervision to perform administrative and support functions for an attorney or judge. The US legal system plays an ever-increasing role in our lives. Our program helps students become engaged in the study of US law by examining how various aspects of law affect individuals. We use hypothetical and real world examples to illustrate important points of the law and to inspire insight. This program also incorporates extensive coverage of ethical issues, consumer rights, employee rights and family law. Students will discover the fundamental different types of US law, including international and comparative law in order to gain essential knowledge for today's global marketplace. With this complete training program, students will gain the necessary administrative and law knowledge to successfully pursue a career as a legal secretary.Instructor Description
: This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors review student work, student progress, and interact with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.Certification
: Upon successful completion of our Legal Assistant/ Legal Secretary course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Assistant or Legal Secretary in a Law office setting and will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NALS national certification exam to become an Accredited Legal Professional (ALP). This exam also requires that you have one year of general office experience.
Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.
The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:
Paralegal Professional 5th edition, by Thomas F. Goldman and Henry R. Cheeseman (ebook)