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Law firms rely on trained secretaries and assistants to handle day-to-day operations such as preparing legal correspondence, summonses, motions, and subpoenas so that lawyers and paralegals can focus on preparing cases. The Legal Secretary Certificate could prepare you to meet these needs as you learn how to communicate effectively in a legal environment, conduct legal research, analyze theoretical and practical concepts of law, produce written legal correspondence, and evaluate legal sources.
You will study the role of the paralegal in the civil litigation process and develop the skills necessary for effective legal writing, document processing, and use of software applications. Courses include live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor feedback. And, our professors are legal practitioners with real-world experience in legal services, law, and policy.
When you are ready to further your education, credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be transferred to other Kaplan University associate's and bachelor's degree programs.
As one of the largest providers of online legal studies training programs in the United States*, Kaplan University has helped over 6,500 legal studies graduates achieve their educational goals since 2001. This means that when you earn your certificate from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.
This legal secretary training program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and work habits employers seek when hiring legal secretaries or legal administrative assistants. This program focuses on:
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This program provides you with the specialized knowledge and skills to seek employment as a legal secretary or legal administrative assistant in a variety of settings.†
You may qualify to work in a law firm, government agency, health services agency, education services agency, and legal departments of organizations in the profit and nonprofit sectors. Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. ‡
Opportunities are projected to rise but the legal field remains a competitive one and the Legal Secretary Certificate could give you a leg up against the competition.
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Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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May 14, 2014
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Jun 11, 2014
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Jul 02, 2014
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
Total Program Credits: 31
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
This course is a comprehensive study of documents used in the legal field. Students will learn the basic procedures for transcribing, formatting, and processing legal correspondence and documents and the appropriate use of legal terms, phrases, abbreviations, symbols, and reference sources used by attorneys’ paralegals and the courts.
Technology is pervasive and the modern law office is chock-full of technological appliances, tools, and applications that the paralegal must be able to master. At the core of most software applications are the basics—word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and tools for presentations. Of course, the ubiquitous communication tool, email, is the center of modern electronic communications. This course will explore the most common tools and applications found in law firms and those that every “technology-literate” paralegal must know. Word processing, document assembly programs, and tools for case management, time and billing, calendaring, electronic communications, and creating presentations are a few of the topics explored in this course. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation of the basics in legal technology.
Legal professionals are often called upon to
handle office management functions. Effective law office managers
save their offices time and money and become valuable members of
the legal team. The management skills covered in this course can
be applied to any office. This course guides students in creating
a procedures manual that can be used at the office and as a
portfolio of their work.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.
‡ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (accessed April, 2012). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.