Legal Secretary

18 credit Certificate program

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Program Description:
This is an advanced program offered to students entering with general secretarial background and wishing to add a law office emphasis.

Program outcomes include:
• Demonstrate keyboarding production proficiency.
• Perform general office tasks in the legal environment.
• Demonstrate proficiency in using a variety of computer software programs.
• Transcribe material containing legal terminology into mailable documents using correct English skills.
• Produce professional written business correspondence using correct English and proofreading skills.
• Exhibit ethical behavior, positive self-image, and professional conduct.
• Develop a job search plan and appropriate documents and interview skills.
• Assist in legal research tasks.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ADSC15153Law Office ApplicationsThis course covers legal procedures, documents, and terminology relating to estate planning and estate administration proceedings, real estate law, and corporate law in Minnesota. Documents are prepared using word processing and/or transcription. (Prerequisites: Keyboarding and word processing ability) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC15173Computers in the Law OfficeThis course covers practical computer applications in legal organizations and how the computer can be used to make the legal support staff more productive. Various types of software and legal-specific applications are covered. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and basic computer skills.) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC15253Legal Transcription/Word Processing ApplicationsThis course covers transcription of dictated and rough-draft legal material into a variety of usable legal documents using word processing software. Emphasis will be on authentic forms and material, editing and proofreading, and correcting errors. (Prerequisites: Keyboarding and word processing ability) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC25203Legal Document ProcessingThis course covers advanced legal procedures, use of terminology, and document production relating to various specialty areas of law in Minnesota, with an emphasis on advanced transcription and word processing skills. (Prerequisites: Keyboarding and word processing ability; college-level reading and writing) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
LGST14003Legal Studies I: Terminology and ProceduresThis course introduces the student to the specific terminology and procedures used by paralegal professionals and to the proper documentation of legal information. It also covers legal ethics, legal analysis, legal evidence, and investigation. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing and keyboarding and word processing ability) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
LGST14103Legal Studies II: Introduction to ResearchThis course covers methods of research and document preparation used by the legal profession, including citation forms, appellate procedure within the specific areas of the law. The administration of a law office and formal advocacy are included, as well as a review of legal writing style. (Prerequisites: LGST1400 or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
REQUIRED PRE-TECHNICAL COURSES (NOTE: ADSC1420 - Business Communications 3 CR IF STUDENT HAS NO PRIOR BUSINESS WORK EXPERIENCE; ADSC1440 - General office Procedures 3 CR IF STUDENT HAS NO BUSINESS OFFICE WORK EXPERIENCE; ADSC1710 - Introduction to Keyboarding 1 CR IF STUDENT TYPES LESS THAN 20 WPM;
ADSC1715 - Word Processing 2 CR IF STUDENT HAS NO WORD PROCESSING EXPERIENCE.)


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.