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Legal Administrative Assistant

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field. BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices. Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants.

Program Facts

Wage potential $54,974 annually

Average annual income $43,654

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field.

BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices.

The average annual wage in this field is $43,654, with an earning potential of about $54,974 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score of 50 Arithmetic or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/30Online CAMDEN KOpenings: 2
    10/30-12/11TTh 9:30a-11:30aCAMDEN KOpenings: 7
    4/7-5/13Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    5/14-6/23MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will learn to use a personal computer and gain a basic understanding of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. They will also become familiar with basic computer hardware components and internet usage. If you have little or no experience with computers consider taking BAS 020 COMPUTER BASICS prior to taking CAP 101. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/4TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/4TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 12
    9/23-12/12Online GERLICHER COpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pCAMDEN KWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/17TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/8-3/17TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh10:00a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/17Online MASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-10/17DAILY 8:30a-9:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 2
    9/23-10/17Online MASSEY JOpenings: 8
    1/7-2/13MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-2/13MWF 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13DAILY 8:30a-9:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13DAILY 1:30p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Formatting with MS Word provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    10/20-12/12Online MASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    10/20-12/12DAILY 8:30a-9:30aMASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    10/20-12/12Online MASSEY JOpenings: 18
    2/18-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    2/18-3/25MWF 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    5/15-6/22DAILY 8:30a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    5/15-6/22DAILY 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 14
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Required Courses for Program
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading, 40 Arithmetic or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online KENT DOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/26Online KENT DOpenings: 24
  • BUS 123Records Management3 credits

    Introduces students to basic terminology and the scope of records and information management, employment opportunities, and legal and ethical matters associated with records. The life cycle of non-electronic and electronic records are surveyed from creation to retention and destruction.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JWaitlisted: 2
    5/15-6/22MWF 8:00a-9:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • BUS 150Mathematics for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications such as commissions, banking, payroll, consumer credit, simple interest, mortgages, amortization, insurances, taxes, stock market, and statistics.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score of 50 Arithmetic

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication through application and study of text. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, resumes, technical manuals, e-mail, and newsletters. They will also learning to evaluate formatting, grammar, graphics, and general appearance. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading; 71 Sentence Skills. CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS& 201Business Law5 credits

    This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline. Prerequisites: 71 Reading Accuplacer score.

    Prerequisite:
    71 Reading Accuplacer Score

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online SHEPHERD HWaitlisted: 6
  • BUS 280Assessment1 credits

    Office Assistant students will create a portfolio approprate to their certificate or degree and complete an exit interview with their advisor. Assessment, required for a completion certificate or degree, will be assigned relative to the student's certificate or degree.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • CAP 107Computerized Keyboard Skillbuilding I3 credits

    Designed to help students improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF12:00p-1:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13MWF 8:00a-9:25aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 109Computerized Keyboard Skill Building II3 credits

    Designed to help students to further improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. Time will also be spent on data entry fundamentals. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 107 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13MWF 8:00a-9:25aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-3:00pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
    4/7-6/11MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142 MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS 100 or BUS150 or AMATH 100 or MATH& 107 or higher; CAP101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 143Adobe Acrobat & Electronic File Management5 credits

    Adobe Acrobat software enables business professionals to easily convert any electronic or paper document into a PDF file that can be reviewed by colleagues, clients and customers. This class covers transferring business documents such as policies, training materials, regulations, or other types of material into a secured PDF format that allows review but protects the material from alteration or deletion. In this class, you will learn the basics of creating a PDF document; add headers and footers; render text searchable and able to edit; utilizing security functions to protect documents; creating and editing forms; and utilizing legal tools available. You will also develop expertise in electronic file management while creating folders and subfolders. Included in the file management portion will be how to find, view, open, copy, move, delete and rename files. Some basic computer and keyboarding skills are recommended.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 9
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 10
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • LGL 127Legal Office Procedures5 credits

    Designed to introduce students who have little or no background in the legal field with the terminology, background, and knowledge of the legal procedures required to work in a law office. It presents basic legal concepts and the various fields of law and outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in those fields. Student projects give the students practice in various areas of law. PREREQUISITE: CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106, LGL 132 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 132Legal Terminology5 credits

    Designed to help students learn the legal terminology, English skills, legal formatting skills, and guidelines needed in a law office.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 211Legal Document Processing5 credits

    The course makes use of a self-contained comprehensive job simulation designed to give the student practice on the types of activities most often performed in legal office settings. Students will gain hands-on exposure to the various types of law while formatting documents. Word processing functions are incorporated into the course. PREREQUISITE: CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106, LGL 132 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 225Internship3 credits

    Students will work in a legal office-related job receiving pay or volunteering. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • LGL 226Internship6 credits

    Students will work in a legal office-related job receiving pay or volunteering. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 10
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online POLLARD DOpenings: 2
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24

  • TOTAL Required Course Credits
    93 credits

  • Electives
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II5 credits

    Theory and practice of computing and recording transactions relating to merchandise inventory, notes payable and receivable, depreciation, accounting principles, and reporting standards.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pKENT DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online KENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 243Practical Accounting III5 credits

    Theory and practice relating to the formation and operations of partnerships and corporations, decision making and statement analysis. Financial data is used to access the efficiency of current operations and determine profitability.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 245Payroll Procedures5 credits

    This course covers payroll records and procedures. Students complete assignments about federal and state laws that affect compensation of employees. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in ACCT 141.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pKENT DOpenings: 5
  • ACCT 246Computerized Accounting I5 credits

    A study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Prepares the student to use commercial accounting software products on-the-job.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:30p-3:00pKENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT& 203Managerial Accounting5 credits

    This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 or ACCT& 202 with a grade of C or higher; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:30p-3:00pKENT DOpenings: 24
  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Standard English grammar rules and proofreading exercises are presented in order of increasing difficulty.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading; 71 Sentence Skills or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 2
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS 232Office Procedures5 credits

    This course prepares the student for the role of an office or administrative assistant and the broader role as a professional member of the management team. The class exposes the student to the growing influence of information technology, the expanding global marketplace, and the changes in the organizational structure of modern business.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 150Project - Level 11 credits

    This course is the first in a series of two courses designed for individuals who will use Microsoft Project 2002 as a tool to assist them in managing projects. The topics in this course cover the critical skills necessary to create and modify a project plan file that contains tasks, resources, and resource assignments. You will create a project plan file containing tasks, organize these tasks in a work breakdown structure containing task relationships, create and assign resources, and finalize the project in order to implement the project plan. Microsoft Project 2002 (XP) is used in this class, but those that are using an earlier version will still benefit from this class.


    Future Offerings
    10/10F 8:30a-4:30pBABIN COpenings: 8
    5/1F 8:30a-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 151Project - Level 21 credits

    In Project - Level 1, you used your project management skills to create a complete project plan. This course will build upon that knowledge, and give you the opportunity to work with a project plan once it has entered the project implementation phase. You will exchange project plan data with other applications, update project plans, create custom reports, reuse project plan information, and collaborate on project plans with others. Microsoft Project 2002 (XP) is used in this class, but those that are using an earlier version will still benefit from this class.


    Future Offerings
    11/7F 8:30a-4:30pBABIN COpenings: 10
    5/29F 8:30a-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 200Integrated Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will apply their skills learned in the previous courses to produce professional-looking documents by integrating word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics programs. Students will prepare a professional portfolio for use in future job search opportunities. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 138, CAP142, CAP 146, CAP 148 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CIS 145Website Development5 credits

    This course will introduce students to HTML, graphics, and other programming languages for use in web pages. Students will learn the use of programming editors, preparation of graphics, content development, and page layout. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 17
  • MGMT 154Creating and Managing a Small Business5 credits

    This course examines the organization and operation of a small business. Topics include development of a business plan, failure factors in small businesses, sources of capital, record-keeping, financial statements, taxation, marketing, legal and regulatory issues, and best management practices.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DOpenings: 24
  • MGMT 210Human Resource Management5 credits

    Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate office supervisory skills. Introduces students to the fundamentals of supervisory management. Through lectures, text, case studies, projects, and simulations students will develop an understanding of principles to be used as guides for supervision in an office.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online KENT DOpenings: 5
  • PMP 100Project Management Fundamentals1 credits

    This class provides the theory and core methodology you will need to manage projects or participate on project teams. In this class you will: discuss the phases of the Project Management Life Cycle and a project manager's role in each phase; list and discuss basic project success criteria and common reasons for project failure; discuss techniques for setting up a strong project team; list and discuss elements of a Risk Management Plan; discuss techniques for planning and sequencing project activities, including the Work Breakdown Structure and the Network Logic Diagram; identify the Critical Path for completing a project on schedule; list and discuss the cost elements that should be included in a project budget; discuss techniques for controlling for deviation from budgets and schedules,key elements of project management communications and reporting tools; and key activities of project close-out.


    Future Offerings
    9/27Sa 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT RWaitlisted: 0
    2/4-2/9MW 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 20
    4/9-4/14TTh 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 20
  • PMP 120Project Management - PMP Prep3 credits

    Your ability as a project manager to demonstrate best practices in project management—both on the job and through professional certification—is becoming the standard to compete in today's fast-paced and highly technical workplace. This course expands upon the basic concepts of project management you discovered in the Project Management Fundamentals course and covers in-depth the essential elements of managing a successful project. Focusing on the generally accepted practices of project management recognized by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI®), this course offers you a standards-based approach to successful project management across application areas and industries. This class helps prepare you for the Project Management Professional Certification test. To prepare for this class you should have taken Project Management Fundamentals and Project – Level 1 and Project Level 2. All materials are provided with the class.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-12/2T 6:00p-9:00pABBOTT ROpenings: 11
    4/21-6/16T 6:00p-9:00pABBOTT ROpenings: 24
  • PMP 130Project Management Integration Project1 credits

    Integrated Project Management is a capstone course in the Project Management Certificate program. You will complete a project plan of our choice that will utilized the knowledge, skills and methodologies that you learned in the certificate program. You will also team with other project managers to work through project simulations and case studies.

    Prerequisite:
    PMP 120.

    Future Offerings
    12/4-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 11
    6/18-6/23TTh 6:00p-9:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 24

  • TOTAL Elective Course Credits
    10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS103 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Students must have an Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in touch keyboarding at 55 wpm on a three-minute timing.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate 80 percent competency in business document formatting, proofreading, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, alphabetic and numeric filing, legal proofreading, legal terminology, legal keyboarding, and ten-key proficiency.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field. BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices.

Program Facts

Wage potential $54,974 annually

Average annual income $43,654

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for legal administrative assistants are expected to increase. Job openings should be plentiful, especially for well qualified and experienced legal secretaries.

The average annual wage in this field is $43,654, with an earning potential of about $54,974 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants. Potential employers include law firms, corporations, and law-related government offices.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score of 50 Arithmetic or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/30Online CAMDEN KOpenings: 2
    10/30-12/11TTh 9:30a-11:30aCAMDEN KOpenings: 7
    4/7-5/13Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    5/14-6/23MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will learn to use a personal computer and gain a basic understanding of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. They will also become familiar with basic computer hardware components and internet usage. If you have little or no experience with computers consider taking BAS 020 COMPUTER BASICS prior to taking CAP 101. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/4TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/4TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 12
    9/23-12/12Online GERLICHER COpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pCAMDEN KWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/17TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/8-3/17TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh10:00a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/17Online MASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-10/17DAILY 8:30a-9:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 2
    9/23-10/17Online MASSEY JOpenings: 8
    1/7-2/13MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-2/13MWF 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13DAILY 8:30a-9:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13DAILY 1:30p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Formatting with MS Word provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    10/20-12/12Online MASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    10/20-12/12DAILY 8:30a-9:30aMASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    10/20-12/12Online MASSEY JOpenings: 18
    2/18-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    2/18-3/25MWF 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    5/15-6/22DAILY 8:30a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    5/15-6/22DAILY 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 14
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Required Courses for Program
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading, 40 Arithmetic or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online KENT DOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/26Online KENT DOpenings: 24
  • BUS 123Records Management3 credits

    Introduces students to basic terminology and the scope of records and information management, employment opportunities, and legal and ethical matters associated with records. The life cycle of non-electronic and electronic records are surveyed from creation to retention and destruction.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JWaitlisted: 2
    5/15-6/22MWF 8:00a-9:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • BUS 150Mathematics for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications such as commissions, banking, payroll, consumer credit, simple interest, mortgages, amortization, insurances, taxes, stock market, and statistics.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score of 50 Arithmetic

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication through application and study of text. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, resumes, technical manuals, e-mail, and newsletters. They will also learning to evaluate formatting, grammar, graphics, and general appearance. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading; 71 Sentence Skills. CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS& 201Business Law5 credits

    This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline. Prerequisites: 71 Reading Accuplacer score.

    Prerequisite:
    71 Reading Accuplacer Score

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online SHEPHERD HWaitlisted: 6
  • BUS 280Assessment1 credits

    Office Assistant students will create a portfolio approprate to their certificate or degree and complete an exit interview with their advisor. Assessment, required for a completion certificate or degree, will be assigned relative to the student's certificate or degree.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • CAP 107Computerized Keyboard Skillbuilding I3 credits

    Designed to help students improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF12:00p-1:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13MWF 8:00a-9:25aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 109Computerized Keyboard Skill Building II3 credits

    Designed to help students to further improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. Time will also be spent on data entry fundamentals. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 107 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13MWF 8:00a-9:25aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-3:00pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
    4/7-6/11MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142 MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS 100 or BUS150 or AMATH 100 or MATH& 107 or higher; CAP101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 143Adobe Acrobat & Electronic File Management5 credits

    Adobe Acrobat software enables business professionals to easily convert any electronic or paper document into a PDF file that can be reviewed by colleagues, clients and customers. This class covers transferring business documents such as policies, training materials, regulations, or other types of material into a secured PDF format that allows review but protects the material from alteration or deletion. In this class, you will learn the basics of creating a PDF document; add headers and footers; render text searchable and able to edit; utilizing security functions to protect documents; creating and editing forms; and utilizing legal tools available. You will also develop expertise in electronic file management while creating folders and subfolders. Included in the file management portion will be how to find, view, open, copy, move, delete and rename files. Some basic computer and keyboarding skills are recommended.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 127Legal Office Procedures5 credits

    Designed to introduce students who have little or no background in the legal field with the terminology, background, and knowledge of the legal procedures required to work in a law office. It presents basic legal concepts and the various fields of law and outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in those fields. Student projects give the students practice in various areas of law. PREREQUISITE: CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106, LGL 132 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 132Legal Terminology5 credits

    Designed to help students learn the legal terminology, English skills, legal formatting skills, and guidelines needed in a law office.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 211Legal Document Processing5 credits

    The course makes use of a self-contained comprehensive job simulation designed to give the student practice on the types of activities most often performed in legal office settings. Students will gain hands-on exposure to the various types of law while formatting documents. Word processing functions are incorporated into the course. PREREQUISITE: CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106, LGL 132 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 225Internship3 credits

    Students will work in a legal office-related job receiving pay or volunteering. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
  • LGL 226Internship6 credits

    Students will work in a legal office-related job receiving pay or volunteering. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

  • TOTAL Required Course Credits
    93 credits

  • Electives
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II5 credits

    Theory and practice of computing and recording transactions relating to merchandise inventory, notes payable and receivable, depreciation, accounting principles, and reporting standards.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pKENT DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online KENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 243Practical Accounting III5 credits

    Theory and practice relating to the formation and operations of partnerships and corporations, decision making and statement analysis. Financial data is used to access the efficiency of current operations and determine profitability.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 245Payroll Procedures5 credits

    This course covers payroll records and procedures. Students complete assignments about federal and state laws that affect compensation of employees. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in ACCT 141.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pKENT DOpenings: 5
  • ACCT 246Computerized Accounting I5 credits

    A study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Prepares the student to use commercial accounting software products on-the-job.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:30p-3:00pKENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT& 203Managerial Accounting5 credits

    This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 or ACCT& 202 with a grade of C or higher; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:30p-3:00pKENT DOpenings: 24
  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Standard English grammar rules and proofreading exercises are presented in order of increasing difficulty.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading; 71 Sentence Skills or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 2
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS 232Office Procedures5 credits

    This course prepares the student for the role of an office or administrative assistant and the broader role as a professional member of the management team. The class exposes the student to the growing influence of information technology, the expanding global marketplace, and the changes in the organizational structure of modern business.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 150Project - Level 11 credits

    This course is the first in a series of two courses designed for individuals who will use Microsoft Project 2002 as a tool to assist them in managing projects. The topics in this course cover the critical skills necessary to create and modify a project plan file that contains tasks, resources, and resource assignments. You will create a project plan file containing tasks, organize these tasks in a work breakdown structure containing task relationships, create and assign resources, and finalize the project in order to implement the project plan. Microsoft Project 2002 (XP) is used in this class, but those that are using an earlier version will still benefit from this class.


    Future Offerings
    10/10F 8:30a-4:30pBABIN COpenings: 8
    5/1F 8:30a-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 151Project - Level 21 credits

    In Project - Level 1, you used your project management skills to create a complete project plan. This course will build upon that knowledge, and give you the opportunity to work with a project plan once it has entered the project implementation phase. You will exchange project plan data with other applications, update project plans, create custom reports, reuse project plan information, and collaborate on project plans with others. Microsoft Project 2002 (XP) is used in this class, but those that are using an earlier version will still benefit from this class.


    Future Offerings
    11/7F 8:30a-4:30pBABIN COpenings: 10
    5/29F 8:30a-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 200Integrated Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will apply their skills learned in the previous courses to produce professional-looking documents by integrating word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics programs. Students will prepare a professional portfolio for use in future job search opportunities. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 138, CAP142, CAP 146, CAP 148 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CIS 145Website Development5 credits

    This course will introduce students to HTML, graphics, and other programming languages for use in web pages. Students will learn the use of programming editors, preparation of graphics, content development, and page layout. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 17
  • MGMT 154Creating and Managing a Small Business5 credits

    This course examines the organization and operation of a small business. Topics include development of a business plan, failure factors in small businesses, sources of capital, record-keeping, financial statements, taxation, marketing, legal and regulatory issues, and best management practices.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DOpenings: 24
  • MGMT 210Human Resource Management5 credits

    Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate office supervisory skills. Introduces students to the fundamentals of supervisory management. Through lectures, text, case studies, projects, and simulations students will develop an understanding of principles to be used as guides for supervision in an office.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online KENT DOpenings: 5
  • PMP 100Project Management Fundamentals1 credits

    This class provides the theory and core methodology you will need to manage projects or participate on project teams. In this class you will: discuss the phases of the Project Management Life Cycle and a project manager's role in each phase; list and discuss basic project success criteria and common reasons for project failure; discuss techniques for setting up a strong project team; list and discuss elements of a Risk Management Plan; discuss techniques for planning and sequencing project activities, including the Work Breakdown Structure and the Network Logic Diagram; identify the Critical Path for completing a project on schedule; list and discuss the cost elements that should be included in a project budget; discuss techniques for controlling for deviation from budgets and schedules,key elements of project management communications and reporting tools; and key activities of project close-out.


    Future Offerings
    9/27Sa 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT RWaitlisted: 0
    2/4-2/9MW 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 20
    4/9-4/14TTh 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 20
  • PMP 120Project Management - PMP Prep3 credits

    Your ability as a project manager to demonstrate best practices in project management—both on the job and through professional certification—is becoming the standard to compete in today's fast-paced and highly technical workplace. This course expands upon the basic concepts of project management you discovered in the Project Management Fundamentals course and covers in-depth the essential elements of managing a successful project. Focusing on the generally accepted practices of project management recognized by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI®), this course offers you a standards-based approach to successful project management across application areas and industries. This class helps prepare you for the Project Management Professional Certification test. To prepare for this class you should have taken Project Management Fundamentals and Project – Level 1 and Project Level 2. All materials are provided with the class.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-12/2T 6:00p-9:00pABBOTT ROpenings: 11
    4/21-6/16T 6:00p-9:00pABBOTT ROpenings: 24
  • PMP 130Project Management Integration Project1 credits

    Integrated Project Management is a capstone course in the Project Management Certificate program. You will complete a project plan of our choice that will utilized the knowledge, skills and methodologies that you learned in the certificate program. You will also team with other project managers to work through project simulations and case studies.

    Prerequisite:
    PMP 120.

    Future Offerings
    12/4-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 11
    6/18-6/23TTh 6:00p-9:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 24

  • TOTAL Elective Course Credits
    10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS103 credits

Program Entry Information

The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Students must have an Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in touch keyboarding at 55 wpm on a three-minute timing.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate 80 percent competency in business document formatting, proofreading, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, alphabetic and numeric filing, legal proofreading, legal terminology, legal keyboarding, and ten-key proficiency.

Legal Assistant Certificate

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field. BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices.

Program Facts

Average annual income $43,654

Wage potential $54,974 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for legal administrative assistants are expected to increase. Job openings should be plentiful, especially for well qualified and experienced legal secretaries.

The average annual wage in this field is $43,654, with an earning potential of about $54,974 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants. Potential employers include law firms, corporations, and law-related government offices.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score of 50 Arithmetic or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/30Online CAMDEN KOpenings: 2
    10/30-12/11TTh 9:30a-11:30aCAMDEN KOpenings: 7
    4/7-5/13Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    5/14-6/23MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Standard English grammar rules and proofreading exercises are presented in order of increasing difficulty.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading; 71 Sentence Skills or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 2
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will learn to use a personal computer and gain a basic understanding of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. They will also become familiar with basic computer hardware components and internet usage. If you have little or no experience with computers consider taking BAS 020 COMPUTER BASICS prior to taking CAP 101. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/4TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 2
    9/23-12/4TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 12
    9/23-12/12Online GERLICHER COpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pCAMDEN KWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/17TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/8-3/17TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh10:00a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/17Online MASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-10/17DAILY 8:30a-9:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 2
    9/23-10/17Online MASSEY JOpenings: 8
    1/7-2/13MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-2/13MWF 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13DAILY 8:30a-9:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13DAILY 1:30p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Formatting with MS Word provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    10/20-12/12Online MASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    10/20-12/12DAILY 8:30a-9:30aMASSEY JWaitlisted: 1
    10/20-12/12Online MASSEY JOpenings: 18
    2/18-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    2/18-3/25MWF 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    5/15-6/22DAILY 8:30a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    5/15-6/22DAILY 1:30p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 14
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Required Courses for Program
  • BUS 150Mathematics for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications such as commissions, banking, payroll, consumer credit, simple interest, mortgages, amortization, insurances, taxes, stock market, and statistics.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score of 50 Arithmetic

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication through application and study of text. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, resumes, technical manuals, e-mail, and newsletters. They will also learning to evaluate formatting, grammar, graphics, and general appearance. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading; 71 Sentence Skills. CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS& 201Business Law5 credits

    This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline. Prerequisites: 71 Reading Accuplacer score.

    Prerequisite:
    71 Reading Accuplacer Score

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online SHEPHERD HWaitlisted: 6
  • CAP 107Computerized Keyboard Skillbuilding I3 credits

    Designed to help students improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/13MWF12:00p-1:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13MWF 8:00a-9:25aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 143Adobe Acrobat & Electronic File Management5 credits

    Adobe Acrobat software enables business professionals to easily convert any electronic or paper document into a PDF file that can be reviewed by colleagues, clients and customers. This class covers transferring business documents such as policies, training materials, regulations, or other types of material into a secured PDF format that allows review but protects the material from alteration or deletion. In this class, you will learn the basics of creating a PDF document; add headers and footers; render text searchable and able to edit; utilizing security functions to protect documents; creating and editing forms; and utilizing legal tools available. You will also develop expertise in electronic file management while creating folders and subfolders. Included in the file management portion will be how to find, view, open, copy, move, delete and rename files. Some basic computer and keyboarding skills are recommended.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 127Legal Office Procedures5 credits

    Designed to introduce students who have little or no background in the legal field with the terminology, background, and knowledge of the legal procedures required to work in a law office. It presents basic legal concepts and the various fields of law and outlines the preparation of documents commonly used in those fields. Student projects give the students practice in various areas of law. PREREQUISITE: CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106, LGL 132 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 132Legal Terminology5 credits

    Designed to help students learn the legal terminology, English skills, legal formatting skills, and guidelines needed in a law office.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-3/26Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 211Legal Document Processing5 credits

    The course makes use of a self-contained comprehensive job simulation designed to give the student practice on the types of activities most often performed in legal office settings. Students will gain hands-on exposure to the various types of law while formatting documents. Word processing functions are incorporated into the course. PREREQUISITE: CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106, LGL 132 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online SHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
  • LGL 225Internship3 credits

    Students will work in a legal office-related job receiving pay or volunteering. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

  • TOTAL Required Course Credits
    57 credits

  • Electives
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading, 40 Arithmetic or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online KENT DOpenings: 22
    1/7-3/26Online KENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II5 credits

    Theory and practice of computing and recording transactions relating to merchandise inventory, notes payable and receivable, depreciation, accounting principles, and reporting standards.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pKENT DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online KENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 243Practical Accounting III5 credits

    Theory and practice relating to the formation and operations of partnerships and corporations, decision making and statement analysis. Financial data is used to access the efficiency of current operations and determine profitability.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 245Payroll Procedures5 credits

    This course covers payroll records and procedures. Students complete assignments about federal and state laws that affect compensation of employees. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in ACCT 141.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-1:30pKENT DOpenings: 5
  • ACCT 246Computerized Accounting I5 credits

    A study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Prepares the student to use commercial accounting software products on-the-job.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:30p-3:00pKENT DOpenings: 24
  • ACCT& 203Managerial Accounting5 credits

    This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 or ACCT& 202 with a grade of C or higher; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:30p-3:00pKENT DOpenings: 24
  • BUS 232Office Procedures5 credits

    This course prepares the student for the role of an office or administrative assistant and the broader role as a professional member of the management team. The class exposes the student to the growing influence of information technology, the expanding global marketplace, and the changes in the organizational structure of modern business.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:30a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 109Computerized Keyboard Skill Building II3 credits

    Designed to help students to further improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. Time will also be spent on data entry fundamentals. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 107 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    4/8-5/13MWF 8:00a-9:25aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-3:00pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
    4/7-6/11MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142 MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS 100 or BUS150 or AMATH 100 or MATH& 107 or higher; CAP101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 200Integrated Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will apply their skills learned in the previous courses to produce professional-looking documents by integrating word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics programs. Students will prepare a professional portfolio for use in future job search opportunities. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 138, CAP142, CAP 146, CAP 148 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • MGMT 154Creating and Managing a Small Business5 credits

    This course examines the organization and operation of a small business. Topics include development of a business plan, failure factors in small businesses, sources of capital, record-keeping, financial statements, taxation, marketing, legal and regulatory issues, and best management practices.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:30a-11:00aKENT DOpenings: 24
  • MGMT 210Human Resource Management5 credits

    Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate office supervisory skills. Introduces students to the fundamentals of supervisory management. Through lectures, text, case studies, projects, and simulations students will develop an understanding of principles to be used as guides for supervision in an office.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online KENT DOpenings: 5
  • CAP 150Project - Level 11 credits

    This course is the first in a series of two courses designed for individuals who will use Microsoft Project 2002 as a tool to assist them in managing projects. The topics in this course cover the critical skills necessary to create and modify a project plan file that contains tasks, resources, and resource assignments. You will create a project plan file containing tasks, organize these tasks in a work breakdown structure containing task relationships, create and assign resources, and finalize the project in order to implement the project plan. Microsoft Project 2002 (XP) is used in this class, but those that are using an earlier version will still benefit from this class.


    Future Offerings
    10/10F 8:30a-4:30pBABIN COpenings: 8
    5/1F 8:30a-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CAP 151Project - Level 21 credits

    In Project - Level 1, you used your project management skills to create a complete project plan. This course will build upon that knowledge, and give you the opportunity to work with a project plan once it has entered the project implementation phase. You will exchange project plan data with other applications, update project plans, create custom reports, reuse project plan information, and collaborate on project plans with others. Microsoft Project 2002 (XP) is used in this class, but those that are using an earlier version will still benefit from this class.


    Future Offerings
    11/7F 8:30a-4:30pBABIN COpenings: 10
    5/29F 8:30a-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CIS 145Website Development5 credits

    This course will introduce students to HTML, graphics, and other programming languages for use in web pages. Students will learn the use of programming editors, preparation of graphics, content development, and page layout. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh11:30a-1:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 17
  • PMP 100Project Management Fundamentals1 credits

    This class provides the theory and core methodology you will need to manage projects or participate on project teams. In this class you will: discuss the phases of the Project Management Life Cycle and a project manager's role in each phase; list and discuss basic project success criteria and common reasons for project failure; discuss techniques for setting up a strong project team; list and discuss elements of a Risk Management Plan; discuss techniques for planning and sequencing project activities, including the Work Breakdown Structure and the Network Logic Diagram; identify the Critical Path for completing a project on schedule; list and discuss the cost elements that should be included in a project budget; discuss techniques for controlling for deviation from budgets and schedules,key elements of project management communications and reporting tools; and key activities of project close-out.


    Future Offerings
    9/27Sa 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT RWaitlisted: 0
    2/4-2/9MW 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 20
    4/9-4/14TTh 8:30a-4:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 20
  • PMP 120Project Management - PMP Prep3 credits

    Your ability as a project manager to demonstrate best practices in project management—both on the job and through professional certification—is becoming the standard to compete in today's fast-paced and highly technical workplace. This course expands upon the basic concepts of project management you discovered in the Project Management Fundamentals course and covers in-depth the essential elements of managing a successful project. Focusing on the generally accepted practices of project management recognized by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI®), this course offers you a standards-based approach to successful project management across application areas and industries. This class helps prepare you for the Project Management Professional Certification test. To prepare for this class you should have taken Project Management Fundamentals and Project – Level 1 and Project Level 2. All materials are provided with the class.


    Future Offerings
    9/30-12/2T 6:00p-9:00pABBOTT ROpenings: 11
    4/21-6/16T 6:00p-9:00pABBOTT ROpenings: 24
  • PMP 130Project Management Integration Project1 credits

    Integrated Project Management is a capstone course in the Project Management Certificate program. You will complete a project plan of our choice that will utilized the knowledge, skills and methodologies that you learned in the certificate program. You will also team with other project managers to work through project simulations and case studies.

    Prerequisite:
    PMP 120.

    Future Offerings
    12/4-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 11
    6/18-6/23TTh 6:00p-9:30pABBOTT ROpenings: 24

  • TOTAL Elective Course Credits
    5 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS62 credits

Program Entry Information

The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Students must have an Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in touch keyboarding at 55 wpm on a three-minute timing.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate 80 percent competency in business document formatting, proofreading, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, alphabetic and numeric filing, legal proofreading, legal terminology, legal keyboarding, and ten-key proficiency.