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
      • MSCJ: Law
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MSCJ: Leadership & Executive Management
    Bachelor's
      • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
      • BS - Legal Support and Services
      • BS - 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. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS-Criminal Justice
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Social and Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime Analysis Track
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Virtual Assistant
      • Career Diploma: Paralegal
      • Career Diploma: Legal Secretary
      • Career Diploma - Legal Transcriptionist
      • Certificate - Advanced Paralegal Applications
      • Certificate - Real Estate, Wills and Estates for Paralegals
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
    Master's
      • M.S. - Criminal Justice
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    8. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Corrections and Case Management
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Generalist
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Crisis Management
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Forensic Science
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    9. University of the Rockies

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Psychology - Criminology and Justice Studies
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - Criminology and Justice Studies
  • 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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Ashford University

  • MS-Criminal Justice
  • B.A. - Social and Criminal Justice

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Grand Canyon University

  • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

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Northcentral University

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Criminal Justice

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime Analysis Track

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Penn Foster Career School

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

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Colorado Technical University

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

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American InterContinental University

  • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Corrections and Case Management
  • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Generalist
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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