2018-19 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    Jun 01, 2023  
2018-19 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Legal Office Assisting

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Career Certificate Studies

Purpose: This Career Studies Certificate is designed to prepare individuals for an entry-level position working in the legal field, or to provide additional professional qualifications to those already working as secretaries or legal assistants in the legal field. This short-term program can also serve as a foundation for students who wish to pursue a more in-depth AAS Paralegal Studies degree.

Program Objectives: This program is designed to prepare graduates to seek employment as a legal assistant or legal secretary. Students will complete coursework in basic legal classes, as well as computer classes that will allow them to become MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certified in multiple Microsoft programs.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English will be required to take developmental courses.

Program Notes: Students in the Legal Office Assisting Career Studies Certificate Program may continue their studies and complete the AAS program in Paralegal Studies in as few as three more semesters. All legal courses are taught by licensed attorneys, and many courses are available in both traditional and online options. Contact the Paralegal program head as listed on program webpage for more information.

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