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2021-2022 Catalog 
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Legal Office Assistant Certificate

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This hands-on certificate program provides graduates with the basic skills to gain entry-level employment in the fast-paced legal field. Over the course of study, students will learn the basics of legal research and writing, document processing, computer applications, and legal assisting.

Program Overview

The Legal Office Assistant Certificate is the first year of the A.A.S. Paralegal Studies Degree. This certificate also serves secretaries, administrative assistants, and office managers who are interested in law and procedure. This certificate represents the foundation of knowledge that may be applied in a variety of legal office situations.

To be eligible to earn a Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Certificate the student must be a current degree-seeking student or complete the application and admissions process to the College. Eligibility to earn and receive a Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Certificate does not interfere with the degree-seeking status of the student.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify legal terminology needed to communicate with professionals in the legal field. (Remember)
  • Demonstrate professional skills necessary to a paralegal career, including oral and written communication and technology skills. (Understand)
  • Describe the sources of law, hierarchy, and powers of various state and federal courts. (Understand)
  • Compose various types of legal correspondence and legal documents. (Create)

Career Opportunities

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College graduates may secure employment in a number of settings, including magistrate courts, circuit/district courts, prosecutor’s offices, public defender offices, and private law offices. Graduates may further their education and earning potential by pursuing an associate degree in legal studies or criminal justice.

Curriculum for a Certificate in Legal Office Assistant

General Education Core 15
Legal Office Core 15
Total Credit Hours Required 30

Program Disclaimer

This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year.  Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs.  BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

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