• Legal Professions - Legal Secretarial Specialty

    Associate in Applied Science Degree , Certification Program

    Available at: East Campus
    Del Mar College uses the Texas Common Application.
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    Program Overview

    The national trend for support staff in the law firm is a person who has qualifications of both a paralegal and a legal secretary.  This means the ideal employee will have a diverse knowledge of the legal profession plus the ability to draft and produce legal documents and to conduct legal research using a variety of computer programs.

    The Legal Professions curriculum will involve a core curriculum for the first three semesters with students taking specialized courses for either the Paralegal Program or Legal Secretary Program beginning with the second semester.  Graduates of either specialty will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

    Legal Secretary Specialization
    The Legal Professions-Legal Secretary Specialty degree prepares you to enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. Students learn through hands-on experience using state of the art technology regarding law office practices. The program includes a practicum in which students gain practical experience interning in a law office. Students learn how to do legal research in the law library as well as on the Internet.

    Students draft many varied legal documents commonly used in the law practice using ProDoc legal document assembly software. In addition, students learn docketing, calendaring, billing, timekeeping, law office management, and litigation support systems using Small Office Systems and other software.

    Paralegal Specialization
    The Legal Professions-Paralegal Specialty degree is a two-year degree designed to provide students hands-on experience regarding law office practices. Students perform legal research in the law library and on the Internet, draft varied legal documents, and learn how to work with various law office systems using the latest software and technology, including West Law, ProDoc and Small Office Systems. Prepare to enter the workforce or advance in your job with the knowledge and skills needed to perform successfully.