Legal Assistant - Certificate of Completion

NMSU Alamogordo 2023-2024 Catalog

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

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

Total Credits Required for Certificate: 25

Prefix Title Credits
ACCT 2110Principles of Accounting I3
or ACCT 200 A Survey of Accounting
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
OATS 213Word Processing I3
PL S 160Legal System for the Paralegal3
PL S 190Criminal Law for the Paralegal3
or CJUS 1120 Criminal Law
PL S 200Legal Ethics for the Paralegal3
PL S 278Litigation for the Paralegal3
Total Credits25

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.

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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ACCT 2110
Principles of Accounting I
or A Survey of Accounting
COMM 1115G
Introduction to Communication
or Public Speaking
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
PL S 160 Legal System for the Paralegal 3
OATS 213 Word Processing I ( (Keyboarding proficiency required)) 3
PL S 190
Criminal Law for the Paralegal 1
or Criminal Law
PL S 200 Legal Ethics for the Paralegal 3
PL S 278 Litigation for the Paralegal 3
 Total Credits25

CJUS 1120 Criminal Law is offered in Fall semester only.