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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Legal Office Administration

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Legal Office Administration
Certificate of Achievement in Legal Office Administration
Certificate in Basic Computer Competency
Certificate in Legal Office Administration

Legal Office Administration Program
www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/bcis/
Dorene Thompson, Chair (530) 895-2971
Department Office: BE 116 (530) 895-2371
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the number of Legal Office professionals is projected to grow about 7 to 18 percent (the nation's average) between 2010 and 2020. In addition, the career of today's legal office professional has greatly evolved and expanded as organizations have restructured to meet the demands of a changing economy and enhanced technologies.

The BCIS department is committed to offering career and technical education programs that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today's workplace. Students seeking a Certificate of AS Degree in Legal Office Administration will take a variety of core courses that will prepare them for the increasing demands of the 21st Century workplace.

The legal field is highly specialized, offering employment in areas such as criminal, family, probate, civil, real estate, environmental, corporate, public interest, and intellectual property law. The legal office professional's job duties might include preparing legal forms such as complaints, motions, subpoenas, affidavits, and briefs; processing documents; assisting with legal research; filing court papers; preparing legal communications, utilizing various office technologies, auditing financial records, scheduling appointments, handling confidential information, and taking notes on proceedings.

The legal office administration student will develop an in-depth knowledge of legal terminology, documents, privacy and confidentiality, legal research, database management, records management, calendaring, English skills, computer competency, widely diverse legal office specialties, and legal office procedures.

In addition to Legal Office Administration, the Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) Department offers three other majors: Computer Applications, Medical Office Administration and Office Administration.

Every student is encouraged to examine each of the majors and to speak with an academic counselor and a designated department advisor before making a final decision.

Career Opportunities
Legal Office Administration graduates may seek employment in variety of areas including legal offices, court facilities, private industry, and public offices. Typical job titles include: Legal Administrative Assistant, Court Personnel, Legal Research Specialist, Legal File Clerk, Court Clerk, and Legal Services Specialist.


Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Legal Office Administration:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0131401CA.html

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Legal Office Administration 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and explain the difference among the six areas law.
  • Demonstrate workflow processes of a legal environment.
  • Analyze and assess legal clients' needs to determine appropriate solutions.
  • Apply computer skills to legal office activities.
  • Utilize proper legal writing skills in all client and colleague communication.
Required courses for the major: 40 Units

BCIS 99 Work Experience-BCIS Has prerequisite(s)2
Electives - Select 3 units from the following:3


Certificate of Achievement in Legal Office Administration 31 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and explain the difference among the six areas of law.
  • Analyze and assess legal clients' needs to determine appropriate solutions.
  • Apply computer skills to legal office activities.
  • Utilize proper legal writing skills in all client and colleague communication.
Required courses for the certificate:


Certificate in Basic Computer Competency 5 - 6 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Apply knowledge of basic computer operations, use input technology, and apply knowledge of file management and the operating system.
  • Identify and describe current technologies used in today's businesses and apply these technologies to solve business problems, improve organizational productivity, and achieve the goals of business.
  • Demonstrate a minimum keyboarding skill of 25 words per minute.
Required courses for the certificate:


Certificate in Legal Office Administration 16 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and explain the difference among the six areas of law.
  • Apply computer skills to legal office activities.
Required courses for the certificate:

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