Legal Office Assistant (SC)

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Be Your Firm’s Lifeline

Help lawyers develop cases by staying in contact with the people involved in the case. Schedule depositions, and prepare summonses and subpoenas. Research for information and compile data to help your lawyers win their cases. Investigate facts of cases to make sure all relevant information is considered. Legal Office Assistants support lawyers on a daily basis to ensure they have what they need to help their clients. 

Demand for Legal Assistants and Paralegals is expected to continue rising at a faster than average rate in today’s job market. As a Legal Office Assistant, you’ll assist lawyers with preparing court filings, gathering research information, and scheduling and communicating with clients, in addition to routine administrative tasks. Use your creative problem-solving skills to take the next step toward a career in the legal field.

Careers being a Legal Office Assistant 

Work in a wide range of office settings including law, insurance, real estate, and governmental offices with this versatile certificate. Here are some careers and their salaries you could have by receiving a Legal Office Assistant Skill Certificate. 

Career information below is taken from bls.gov in December 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Draft correspondence and legal documents, get affidavits and other formal statements, and help lawyers during trials by handling exhibits, taking notes and reviewing trial transcripts. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $60,700/year $26.73/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 8% increase

15,960

Create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Postsecondary nondegree $85,090/year $40.91/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 2% decrease

15,700

 

Perform clerical duties, manage and distribute information, send and receive correspondence and keep the office running smoothly. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school or equivalent $43,570/year $20.95/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase

92,170

What You’ll Learn at LASC to be a Legal Office Assistant 

You can get a Skill Certificate (SC) in Legal Office Assistant at LASC where you will learn how to prepare legal documents, billing, litigation, and contracts and perform legal office administrative duties appropriately: 

  • Learn the roles of a lawyer, law office personnel, and other parties involved in a law practice, as well as legal terminology and research problems to give you a broad overview and understanding of work in the legal field. 
  • Improve your skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook to design, create, and edit word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations to prepare you for the administrative side of a law firm. 
  • Check for upcoming events, business and job fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to network with community leaders and local business owners to find potential career opportunities in business.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university!

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Skill Certificate in Legal Office Assistant and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Certificate Code: 514.10
Total Units Required: 17

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Create and demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Write a business letter using a standard business format including 7 elements.
  • Evaluate the elements of the role of a legal decision and the legal assistant.
Required Courses: Units
LAW 10 Introduction to Legal Assistant 3
LAW 14 Law Office Management 3
CAOT Keyboarding II 3
CAOT 31 Business English 3
CAOT 31 Business English 3
CAOT 33 Records Management and Filing 3
CAOT 82 Microcomputer Software Survey in the Office 3
TOTAL UNITS 17

Get Ready Before You Start 

Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your career as a legal office assistant:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services, opportunities you can be a part of to meet your educational and career goals. 
  • Still in high school? Check with local law firms to see if they are hiring a part-time receptionist to get experience in a law office. Take courses in sociology, political science, and psychology to learn human behavior to prepare you to study and understand legal cases.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Once you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Create and demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Write a business letter using a standard business format, including 7 elements.
  • Evaluate the elements of the role of a legal decision and the legal assistant.