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The College of eLearning & Extended Education has teamed up with the Center for Legal Studies (CLS) to offer this certificate course.

Legal Secretary Certificate Course

This intensive program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office.

Students will be introduced to the theory of law, the legal process, and the nature of the practice of law. Discussion will include the process of law as well as the specific legal terminology. Ethics are also covered. Students will also be introduced to the basics of legal research and proper citation format.

Students will be exposed to actual court documents and will prepare some of these documents as part of their homework.

Students will examine the intricacies of the law office, including office procedure manuals, billing techniques, and overall management techniques of the law office.

Topics covered include legal terminology; legal process; jurisdiction and venue; ethics; written communications including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions; filing procedures, billing and accounting; time management; records management; overview of commonly-used word and data processing programs; legal research; memoranda preparation, and citation format.

Job search strategies and placement possibilities will also be discussed.

Fee for this course is $645. Texts are not included.

Required texts: Uniform System of Citation, most recent edition, by Harvard Law Review.

To register, contact the Center for Legal Studies:

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