Administrative Office Assistant-Legal

Certificate - 18 credits

About this program
This program prepares students for entry-level administrative duties in law offices and other legal settings by providing a basic understanding of the terminology used and professional skills required in the field through specialized coursework unique to the legal profession.
Program outcomes
  1. Explain the American legal system.
  2. Develop knowledge of substantive procedural law.
  3. Research appellate brief requirements and procedures.
  4. Apply the principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, proof reading, editing and formatting.
  5. Demonstrate accurate and proficient computer skills using a variety of computer applications.
  6. Demonstrate interpersonal skills through effective communication.
  7. Employ critical thinking and complex legal reasoning.
In Minnesota and nationally, a large number of job openings exist for experienced secretaries. Temporary or part-time work is available during peak business periods. Demand for secretaries will be stimulated by the increasing use of information and the trend of secretaries handle more administrative responsibilities such as budgeting, scheduling, and office management, which are not easily automated.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
15 Required courses
3 Restricted electives in courses
18 Total

Fall Semester Only

Required Courses:

Course Credits
ADMS1110 - Word Processing 3
ADMS1116 - Business Communications I 3
PARA1101 - Introduction to Paralegal 3
PARA1102 - Legal Research and Writing I 3
PARA1105 - Criminal Law for Paralegals 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
ADMS1120 - Administrative Office Procedures 3
ADMS1130 - Office Software Applications 3