The objective of the Legal Assistant program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for an entry-level position in the legal assisting field. Through specialized coursework, students are prepared to assist legal professionals. Students have an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to actual work experience while serving a legal externship. Graduates of the Legal Assistant program may be employed as paralegals, legal secretaries, administrative assistants, and title abstractors in law firms, private attorneys' offices, courthouses, government agencies, insurance companies, and legal departments of companies. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates of this program may be required by the employer to prepare and file various court pleadings and non-court documents and instruments. Additionally, duties may include preparation of intraoffice memoranda of law, memoranda of points and authorities, appellate briefs, and other legal writing. The assistant also may interview and screen clients, research property titles, and engage in general legal research including computer-assisted research. General office support functions may also be expected and required.
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