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Legal Secretary


Certificate Course 

This program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. This course will provide those interested in a career change with new, marketable job skills and help those already working as legal secretaries to increase efficiency and productivity in their offices. Those who successfully complete this non-credit program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Topics of Study:
Introduction to the theory of law, the legal process, and the nature of the practice of law. Discussion will include the process of law as well as the specific legal terminology. Legal ethics are also covered.

Particulars of law office management and technology in the law office. Students will be exposed to actual court documents and will prepare some of these documents as part of their homework. Intricacies of the law office, including office procedure manuals, billing techniques, and overall management techniques. Also, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of legal research and proper citation format.

Textbooks: Live: Uniform System of Citation, most current edition, and Legal Secretarial Handbook.
Online: Uniform System of Citation, most current edition.

This course is can be taken as an online course or purchased on a DVD or Text-only. Call or go online for pricing.

Legal Secretary Online Course Schedule:
New sessions begin every 8 weeks.
2016 Session 2: March 7 - April 22, 2016
2016 Session 3: May 2 - June 17, 2016
2016 Session 4: June 27 - August 12, 2016
2016 Session 5: August 22 - October 7, 2016
2016 Session 6: October 17 - December 2, 2016
2017 Session 1: January 10 - February 25, 2017

Each of these courses is completed in one 7-week online session, and can be taken during any session offered.
Tuition for Online Course:
$645 (excludes textbooks).


Lesson 1:Introduction to the American Legal System & Ethics

Lesson 2: Reception Duties, Correspondence, File Management & Filing Systems

Lesson 3: Calendar & Docketing, Fees, Billing & Accounting Practices

Lesson 4: Word Processing & Legal Document Preparation

Lesson 5: E-discovery, Computers in a Law Office

Lesson 6: Legal Secretary Practicum

Registration Information
It is recommended that you complete the registration form and mail it with your check or credit card information at least two weeks prior to the first class session to:

The Center For Legal Studies
523 Park Point Dr., Ste. 320
Golden, CO 80401

Or register by:

Phone: 1-800-522-77371-800-522-7737
Fax: 303-271-1777