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Legal Assistant


legal assistant trainingProgram Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 150
Student Tuition: $2,499.99

 

Overview

Trying to find a challenge? Do you enjoy research and also staying organized? Do you appreciate the exhilaration of an active office? If so, then you ought to think about taking  legal secretary training.

Legal secretaries perform clerical tasks at law firms and other legal offices. In contrast to regular secretaries, legal secretaries require comprehensive awareness of legal procedures and paperwork. They might do factual or legal research at all levels of a case and will commonly arrange meetings, appointments and also dates for attorneys.

A few of the responsibilities of a legal secretary consist of supervising all clerical jobs that are required for keeping a law firm running efficiently, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). A legal secretary functions under general supervision to carry out administrative and support functions for an attorney or judge.

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing this legal secretary training, you will be able to:

  • Explain the job description of a legal secretary.
  • Determine correct billing & accounting approaches.
  • Define terminology of the court.
  • Acknowledge types of contracts & torts.
  • Determine sorts of business partnerships.
  • Define types of wills & trusts.

Certification

Upon successful completion of our Legal Secretary course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a 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.

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Outline

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 1
The Law Office

  • The Lawyer’s Assistant
  • The Career of a Lawyer’s Assistant
  • NALS Certification
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Maintaining Integrity
  • Getting to Know the Law Office
  • Client Relations
  • Dealing with Incoming & Outgoing Mail
  • File Management
  • Computers in the Law Office
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Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 2
Billing, Accounting & Written Communication

  • Understanding Billing
  • Time & Cost Entries
  • Handling the Firm’s Checking Account
  • Written Communication
  • The Basics of English Grammar
  • Review of Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation & Capitalization
  • Abbreviations & Number Usage
  • Writing Letters, Memos, & Messages
  • Parts of a Business Letter

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 3
Preparation of Legal Documents

  • Basic Preparation of a Legal Document
  • Legal Citations
  • Legal Research & the Law Library
  • Computer-assisted Legal Research
  • History of the Law
  • The American Judicial System
  • Dual System of Courts
  • Terminology of the Court
  • Court Officers
  • Administrative Agencies

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 4
Litigation, Contracts, Torts, & Criminal Procedures

  • Opening the Litigation File
  • Delivery of Complaint or Petition to the Court
  • Amended and Supplemental Pleadings
  • Motions Prior to Trail & Trial
  • Understanding Contract Law
  • The Essential Elements of a Contract
  • Types of Contracts
  • Understanding Torts
  • Negligence versus Strict Liability
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Jurisdictional Differences
  • Misdemeanor & Felony Cases

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 5
Family, Business, & Real Estate Law

  • Family Law
  • Marriage, Annulment, & Divorce
  • Child Custody & Support Agreements
  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
  • Business Organizations & the Law
  • Types of Corporations
  • Types of Partnerships
  • Real Estate Law
  • Elements of Real Estate Law
  • Documenting the Real Estate Transaction
  • Real Estate in Litigation

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 6
Estate Planning & Guardianship Plus Bankruptcy Law

  • An Introduction to Estate Planning
  • Characteristics of a Will
  • Types of Wills
  • Types of Trusts & Funding a Trust
  • Elder Law
  • The Uniform Probate Code
  • Functions of Estate Administration
  • Guardianships or Conservatorships
  • Understanding Bankruptcy
  • The Bankruptcy Code
  • Dischargeable & Nondischargeable Debts

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.*

Required Materials:

Materials Included:

  • Basic Manual for the Lawyer’s Assistant by NALS

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware

  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)