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Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide specialized administrative support technology education in the legal field. It is recommended for students interested in a professional career as a legal assistant to an attorney or judge; assistant in a legal office of a corporation, university, insurance company; or for employment with municipal, state and federal government agencies. In addition, the Paralegal Administrative Support specialization offers basic skills training and advanced training complementary to the information systems demands of the electronic office. Included are skills in word processing, microcomputer usage, and human relations.
Occupational Objectives: Legal Clerk • Office Clerk • Office and Administrative Support Worker • Paralegal and Legal Assistant • Receptionist and Information Clerk
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Administrative Support Technology with a specialization in Paralegal Administrative Support requires English prerequisites as described in the college catalog. Additionally, students should have command of the fundamental processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.
Program Requirements: The two-year program combines instruction in the many subject areas required for competence as a paralegal office assistant, legal transcriptionist, legal records clerk, or legal research assistant. Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in administrative support technology with the remaining courses in related subjects, general education, and elective credits. Students are advised to consult with their faculty advisor to plan their program and to select electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester curriculum, students will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Systems Technology with a Specialization in Paralegal Administrative Support. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S.