Legal Assistant - Certificate

The Legal Assistant Certificate prepares students in basic legal office skills. The courses apply to the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies.

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A grade of C- or better is required in all courses.

Total Credits Required for Certificate: 29

Prefix Title Credits
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial)3
or ACCT 200 A Survey of Accounting
BOT 213Word Processing I3
COLL 101College/Life Success1
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
PL S 160Legal System for the Paralegal3
PL S 190Criminal Law for the Paralegal3
or C J 205 Criminal Law
PL S 200Legal Ethics for the Paralegal3
PL S 274Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal I3
Select one from the following:3
Business Mathematics3
Intermediate Algebra3
College Algebra3
Total Credits29

A Suggested Plan of Study - Legal Assistant Certificate

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ACCT 221
Principles of Accounting I (Financial)
or A Survey of Accounting
COLL 101 College/Life Success 1
Principles of Human Communication
or Public Speaking
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
PL S 160 Legal System for the Paralegal 3
BOT 213 Word Processing I ( (Keyboarding proficiency required)) 3
PL S 190
Criminal Law for the Paralegal
or Criminal Law
PL S 200 Legal Ethics for the Paralegal 3
PL S 274 Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal I 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Business Mathematics  
Intermediate Algebra  
College Algebra  
 Total Credits29