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Legal Support Professional - Associate in Business Studies

Program Code: ABS.10282

Not all legal work requires a law degree. As a legal support professional, you may work in a variety of environments and be responsible for a variety of job duties.

You may find work directly under the supervision of a lawyer. While the lawyer assumes responsibility for the legal support professional’s work, you will often be allowed to perform all the functions of a lawyer other than accepting clients, setting fees, giving legal advice, or presenting a case in court. You will generally do background work for the lawyer and help a lawyer prepare litigation for trial by investigating the facts of the case to make sure that all relevant information is uncovered. Secretarial services are normally required as well.

You may conduct research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other material that will be used to determine whether or not the client has a good case. After analyzing all the information, you may prepare a written report that is used by the attorney to decide how the case should be handled. If the attorney decides to file a lawsuit on behalf of the client, you may prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and assist the attorney during the trial. You may also be responsible for routinely typing up the pleadings and client correspondence.

You may find work in a police department, court office, administrative office, nonprofit organization, loss prevention department or human resource office of a company. Job duties in these types of environments could consist of investigative work, process serving, file maintenance, typing of routine documents, applications and pleadings, and research into appropriate administrative or employment statutes and cases.

LAW OFFICE FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE: This program is designed to provide a basic foundation of the work required for a Legal Support Professional.

LAW OFFICE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE: This program is designed to provide advanced office skills while specializing in a legal office.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
OAT 1513Business Communication I AND ______________
OAT 1523Business Communication II ______________
OR ______________
OAT 151(3)Business Communication I AND ______________
ENG 111(3)College Composition I AND ______________
ENG 112(3)College Composition II ______________
OR ______________
OAT 151(3)Business Communication I AND ______________
ENG 111(3)College Composition I AND ______________
ENG 113(3)Technical Communication ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PSY 101W3Applied Psychology OR ______________
PSY 211W(4)General Psychology ______________

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ACC 2114Principles of Accounting I ______________
CST 1061Internet Foundations ______________
CST 1101Web Content Development ______________
CST 1512Spreadsheet Fundamentals OR ______________
CST 155(3)Microsoft EXCEL ______________
LSP 110W3Legal Ethics and Responsibilities of the Legal Assistant ______________
LSP 1153Principles of Substantive Law ______________
LSP 1201.5Legal Research ______________
LSP 2303Civil Litigation ______________
LSP 2601Legal Support Internship I OR ______________
LSP 261(2)Legal Support Internship II OR ______________
LSP 262(3)Legal Support Internship III ______________
LSP 280W1.5Legal Writing ______________
MGT 251W3Business Law I ______________
MGT 2523Business Law II ______________
MGT 2563Human Resources Management I ______________
OAT 1713Document Processing: Beginning ______________
OAT 1723Document Processing: Intermediate ______________

Elective Courses - Choose 5 Courses and a minimum of 10 credits

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
HSC 1052Medical Terminology ______________
HSC 205W2Legal Aspects of the Health Care System ______________
LIB 195W2Library Research Skills ______________
LSP 1502Real Estate Law ______________
LSP 2102Estate and Trust Administration ______________
LSP 2202Environmental Law ______________
LSP 2353Criminal Law and Procedure ______________
LSP 2402Domestic Relations ______________
LSP 2502Corporate Law ______________
LSP 2533Bankruptcy Law ______________
MGT 257W3Human Resources Management II ______________
OAT 2733Document Processing: Advanced ______________
PHL 205W3Media Ethics & Law ______________
PHL 210W2Information Technology Ethics & Law ______________

63/76Total Credits


1 - Proficiency in keyboarding is required for successful completion of this program. If you are not proficient, take OAT 170 in your first semester.
2 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in LSP 110, LSP 115, LSP 230, LSP 280, MGT 251, OAT 151, OAT 152, (OR ENG equivalents) and all Elective Courses.
3 - OAT 171 Document Processing: Beginning requires OAT 170 Keyboarding with a "B" grade or better. A keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170. Contact the BIT Division office, 989.686.9127, to arrange for the waiver test.
4 - Additional credits earned in LSP 261 or 262 may be used as elective credits.
5 - Satisfactory completion of OAT 172 requires 50 WPM. Workforce demands require at a minimum 70 WPM. Therefore students may want to take OAT 273 Advanced Document Processing as an elective to increase their typing speed and accuracy.
6 - Many employers in the legal field require certain standards of prospective employees at the application stage. Job applications uniformly ask applicants if they have ever been arrested for any offense, either misdemeanor or felony. An affirmative response or finding on the part of a prospective employer may be grounds to deny employment.

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