Legal Secretary Certificate

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 Legal Secretary Certificate from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.

Legal Secretary Certificate Program Highlights

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:

  • Communication: Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in the legal environment.
  • Ethical Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical decision making in the practice of paralegal.
  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking to resolve paralegal practice problems.
  • Theory and Practice: Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and analyze theoretical and practical concepts from a variety of areas of legal specializations.
  • Basic Skills: Demonstrate the ability to apply and employ basic office secretarial skills to produce legal forms and documents.
  • Legal Communication: Demonstrate the ability to produce written legal correspondence and documentation.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

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.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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September 20, 2017

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October 18, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

November 08, 2017

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December 06, 2017

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January 03, 2018

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January 31, 2018

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February 28, 2018

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March 21, 2018

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April 18, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 31

    Total Program Credits: 31

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • LS 100: INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL PROFESSION Change

      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.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PA 106: LEGAL TERMINOLOGY AND TRANSCRIPTION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PA 230: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL TECHNOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

    • PA 305: LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2015-2016 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV, 2- and 4-year 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.