Legal Administrative Assistant: Diploma Program Summary

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Earning a Legal Administrative Assistant diploma qualifies one to work as an administrative assistant or legal secretary in a law office or any business or organization (public or private) concerned with legal matters. Required courses for this diploma may include business law, legal computer programs, MS Office, transcription, accounting and a work placement. Read the following article to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma:

If you have an interest in the law and are interested in working in the field then consider earning a Legal Administrative Assistant diploma. It prepares the graduate to work in law offices, government offices, legal aid associations or legal offices of corporations as an assistant to legal professionals. As a bonus, some institutions allow students to take courses in different law specialties such as wills or personal injury. Taking courses such as these will increase your marketability upon graduation or allow you to customize your diploma to suit your interests and career goals. A diploma as a legal administrative assistant is a great start point in becoming a paralegal or even a lawyer.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with a diploma as a legal administrative Assistant may find work as legal secretaries or administrative assistants.

Occupational Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, job prospects for administrative assistants, including legal administrative assistants, is not good. Job opportunities are only expected to increase about 8% during the period 2004-2014. Poor job prospects are due to an increase in office automation and a trend requiring paralegals to do administrative jobs.

Salary Information

BLS reports that legal administrative assistants earned $36,720 in May 2004. The Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development cited that legal secretaries or legal administrative assistants earned $20.43 per hour. But how much one earns depends on duties, experience, responsibility level and education. Having a diploma translates into higher salaries.

Courses offered

The basic courses required for a legal administrative assistant include:

  • Business writing
  • Business Law
  • Accounting
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Communications (written and verbal)
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Legal transcription and terminology
  • Computer Applications for the law office
  • Practicum (work placement)

The basic courses required for a legal administrative assistant include:

The skills obtained from earning a legal administrative assistant diploma will teach students how to work quickly, professionally, and accurately. Students will learn how to prepare letters, presentations, and also how to use the latest transcription equipment.

  • Document preparation (legal)
  • Billing skills
  • Accounting (accounts receivable/payable) skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Keyboarding skills
  • Ability to use transcribing equipment and transcribe documents
  • Legal computer software proficiency

Popular Schools

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Criminal Justice
      • Master: Legal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
      • BS in Legal Support and Services
      • BS in Legal Support and Services - Paralegal
      • Bachelor: Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Central Christian College of Kansas

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Criminal Justice
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
    Master's
      • M.S. - Criminal Justice
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Virtual Assistant
      • Career Diploma: Legal Secretary
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Law - Criminal Justice
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Criminal Justice - Bachelor
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    7. Brightwood College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Paralegal Studies
    Certificate
      • General Practice Paralegal
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Lewis University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice Intelligence & Crime Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master: Criminal Justice
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
  • AAS in Legal Support and Services
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal

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Central Christian College of Kansas

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
  • M.S. - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Career Diploma - Virtual Assistant
  • Career Diploma: Legal Secretary

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Law - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Baker College Online

  • Criminal Justice - Bachelor

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Brightwood College

  • Paralegal Studies
  • General Practice Paralegal

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Lewis University

  • MS in Criminal Justice

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