Legal Office Specialist

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Program Information

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist program includes degree, diploma and certificate options developed by legal professionals. This online program combines basic administrative assistant courses with specialized legal courses to provide graduates a broad based skill set for success in the work place.

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Legal Office Specialist is a 60-credit program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal studies and an advanced knowledge of administrative support skills.

The AAS degree graduate also completes 15 credits of general education courses that further enhance their educational base and provide transfer options for further education. The completion of a degree shows commitment and dedication and can be advantageous for students seeking beyond entry level jobs or with employers who require a degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to set priorities, organize work, and sequence tasks appropriately, and consistently complete projects on a schedule.
  2. Exhibit effective interpersonal skills and professional attitudes by demonstrating the ability to communicate with authority figures and peers; follow work rules and expectations appropriately; maintain confidentiality; and recognize an appropriate business appearance.
  3. Exhibit technical competency in keyboarding.
  4. Demonstrate competency in creating business and legal documents using Microsoft Word.
  5. Demonstrate technical competency by utilizing a wide range of software applications necessary for business office operations.
  6. Demonstrate initiative in learning new technology and office procedures and apply these skills accurately in workplace settings. 
  7. Demonstrate the ability to express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct mechanics, grammar, format, and message approach (direct, indirect).
  8. Communicate effectively with remote technology and recognize appropriate behaviors for virtual meetings.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to perform mathematical calculations necessary in business applications including accounting, by working with percentages; decimals and fractions; understanding accounting principles as they are applied to business office bookkeeping; and using formulas for creating spreadsheets and databases.
  10. Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems by demonstrating the ability to define problems, find relevant information, synthesize and evaluate information, and implement decisions.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of an office team.
  12. Develop and evaluate customer service skills by ascertaining the characteristics of a customer service organization and using customer service skills in servicing customers professionally.

Career Opportunities

As a legal office specialist, you will work for lawyers in private law firms, governmental offices, legal departments of corporations, court houses, legal aid offices, or the offices of county attorneys or public defenders. The legal assistant functions as an assistant to the lawyer or judge.

Duties may include preparing legal documents, billing and accounting, processing correspondence, transcribing,communicating with clients, utilizing a variety of software, and organizing and managing a busy legal practice.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

MnTC General Education Requirements
 
This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College (Goal 2)  3
 MnTC Electives
   12
 Fall Semester 15
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
2
 ADSC 1006
 Business Law
4
 ADSC 1197
 Microsoft Word
4
 COMP 1002
 Computer Technologies
2
 INTS  1000  Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
 Spring Semester 17
 ADSC 1010
 Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC 1031
 Business English Skills
3
 ADSC 1115
 Legal Procedures
5
 ADSC 1181
 Microsoft Access
2
 ADSC 1206
 Written Business Communications
4
 Fall Semester 16
 ADSC 1045
 Administrative Office Procedures
4
 ADSC 1054
 Office Bookkeeping
4
 ADSC 1162
 Microsoft PowerPoint
2
 ADSC 1171
 Microsoft Excel
2
 MnTC Electives

4
 Spring Semester 12
 ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Applications
2
 MnTC Electives
  8

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018
DCullen@anokatech.edu

Deborah Catlett
763-576-4025
DCatlett@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist diploma is a 34-credit online program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal studies and an advanced knowledge of administrative support skills.

This online program combines administrative support specialist courses with specialized legal courses to provide graduates a broad-based skill set for success in the workplace including legal specialty skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to set priorities, organize work, and sequence tasks appropriately, and consistently complete projects on a schedule.
  2. Exhibit effective interpersonal skills and professional attitudes by demonstrating the ability to communicate with authority figures and peers; follow work rules and expectations appropriately; maintain confidentiality; and recognize an appropriate business appearance.
  3. Exhibit technical competency in keyboarding.
  4. Demonstrate competency in creating business and legal documents using Microsoft Word. Demonstrate technical competency by utilizing a wide range of software applications necessary for business office operations.
  5. Demonstrate initiative in learning new technology and office procedures and apply these skills accurately in workplace settings. 
  6. Demonstrate the ability to express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct mechanics, grammar, format, and message approach (direct, indirect).
  7. Communicate effectively with remote technology and recognize appropriate behaviors for virtual meetings.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform mathematical calculations necessary in business applications including accounting, by working with percentages; decimals and fractions; understanding accounting principles as they are applied to business office bookkeeping; and using formulas for creating spreadsheets and databases.

Career Opportunities

Legal office specialists assist lawyers in private law firms, governmental offices, legal departments of corporations, courthouses, legal aid offices, or the offices of county attorneys, public defenders, and judges.

Duties may include preparing legal documents, billing and accounting, processing correspondence, transcribing, communicating with clients, utilizing a variety of software, and organizing and managing a busy legal practice.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester 18
 ADSC 1003
 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
2
 ADSC 1006  Business Law 4
 ADSC 1054
 Office Bookkeeping
4
 ADSC 1162
 Microsoft PowerPoint 2
 ADSC 1197
 Microsoft Word 4
 COMP 1002
 Computer Technologies
 2
 Spring Semester 16
 ADSC 1115   Legal Procedures
5
 ADSC 1142
 Integrated Software Applications
4
 ADSC 1171
 Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC 1181
 Microsoft Access
2
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for  College (Goal 2)
3
                                                                                                                                                                       

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018
DCullen@anokatech.edu

Deborah Catlett
763-576-4025
DCatlett@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist certificate is a 16-credit online program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal administrative skills and a core knowledge of administrative support skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to set priorities, organize work, and sequence tasks appropriately, and consistently complete projects on a schedule.
  2. Exhibit effective interpersonal skills and professional attitudes by demonstrating the ability to communicate with authority figures and peers; follow work rules and expectations appropriately; maintain confidentiality; and recognize an appropriate business appearance.
  3. Exhibit technical competency in keyboarding.
  4. Demonstrate competency in creating business and legal documents using Microsoft Word.

Career Opportunities

Legal office specialists support lawyers in private law firms, government offices, legal departments of corporations, courthouses, legal aid offices, or the offices of county attorneys, public defenders, and judges.

Duties may include preparing legal documents, billing, and accounting, processing correspondence, transcribing, communicating with clients, utilizing a variety of software.

 Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
 9 
 ADSC 1003
 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding 
2
 ADSC 1006
 Business Law
4
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College (Goal 2) 3
 Spring Semester
 7
 ADSC 1115
 Legal Procedures 5
 COMP 1002
 Computer Technologies 2

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018
DCullen@anokatech.edu

Deborah Catlett
763-576-4025
DCatlett@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710