Legal Office Professional: Business Law Specialty

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: A2252)

Prepares students to work in a legal office in the area of business law. Emphasizes the research and preparation of legal documents and court forms. Reviews advanced legal terminology. Improves skills in legal word processing and English. Students who successfully complete the program will gain entry-level employment as legal secretaries, legal assistants, legal support staff and case assistants in a business law office environment, legal services, local or State government agencies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will work in a legal office setting interacting with supervisors, co-workers, legal professionals, and the public in a variety of ways, including receiving, clarifying, and providing information and direction.
  • Student will solve problems posed within the legal office environment by assessing information, including identifying issues, identifying complaints, comparing prices, comparing office systems and software, etc., to determine the best solution/s.
  • Student will interact properly and ethically in a legal environment with people of diverse backgrounds at work and in the community providing quality customer service.
  • Student will utilize print material and computer/Internet documents and legal databases including reports, tables, statistics, and reference materials to produce clear, accurate, and organized documents utilizing word processing applications.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

Students who complete this program will have acquired the necessary analytical tools to successfully secure gainful employment in the field of study.

For more information regarding the data provided for this program and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to visit our SWC Gainful Employment website at: www.swccd.edu/gainfulemployment.

Program Requirements
BUS 140BUSINESS LAW/THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS3
BUS 211COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY3
LEGL 272BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS2
LEGL 290LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I1-3
Plus the courses required for the Legal Office Professional--Basic certificate
BUS 73KEYBOARDING SPEED AND ACCURACY I1
BUS 200AMICROSOFT WORD: BEGINNING2.5
BUS 200BMICROSOFT WORD: ADVANCED2.5
BUS 206FILING AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT2.5
BUS 210BUSINESS ENGLISH3
LEGL 255INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL TERMINOLOGY3
LEGL 270COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS2.5
Total Units26-28