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Legal Office Associate Diploma

The Legal Office Associate Diploma program is designed to prepare students for employment with law offices, insurance companies, financial institutions, courts and police departments, as well as in legal departments of business firms and government offices.

The graduate’s duties include transcribing dictation; preparing letters, memos, court and client documents; filing; handling telephone services; making appointments and receiving clients; ordering supplies; making travel arrangements; taking care of general office administration; and using a computer for word processing, spreadsheet, electronic presentation, and database projects.

NIACC’s classrooms are equipped with the latest in computers, office machines, and equipment. They are also staffed by qualified instructors in the business and legal fields.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates can find job opportunities in the following occupational areas:

    • Legal Office Assistant
    • Legal Secretary
    • Legal Transcriber
    • Legal Records Manager
    • Legal Information Processing Operator
    • Receptionist
    • Appointment Clerk

For specific information contact the NIACC Business Division.

Gainful Employment

Upon successful completion of the Legal Office Associate curriculum (at least 30 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Diploma.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

ADM-123 Document Formatting 3 s.h.
ADM-131 Office Calculators 1 s.h.
BCA-129 Basic Word Processing 2 s.h.
BCA-215 Computer Business Applications 3 s.h.
BUS-121 Business Communications 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Second Term
ACC-111 Introduction to Accounting
OR ACC-121 Principles of Accounting I (3 s.h.)
3 s.h.
ADM-162 Office Procedures* 3 s.h.
ADM-185 Legal Terminology and Transcription 2 s.h.
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
BUS-185 Business Law I 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 1 s.h.
15 s.h.
Total Program Hours 30 s.h.

**Prerequisites: BCA-129 Basic Word Processing and BUS-121 Business Communications.

Check here for a list of Business Electives.

NOTE: Business Internships (BUS-225) is a strongly recommended Business elective. For more information, please contact Laura Wood at 1-888-466-4222, Ext. 4355, or woodlaur@niacc.edu.

Business Internships

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Talk to the Business Internship Coordinator or your Counselor to decide when in your college career you should participate in an internship.
  2. Enroll in and pass Workplace Professionalism (BUS-162).
    • Workplace Professionalism is a 3 s.h. course that is a prerequisite to Business Internships ~ it can be taken at any time prior to a Business Internship.
  3. Upon passing Workplace Professionalism, the student is eligible for a Business Internship (BUS-225).
    • Students may register for a Business Internship only when they have located, secured and have had the internship site approved with the Business Internship Coordinator.
    • Business Internship credit ranges from 1 s.h. to 5 s.h. ~ this must be determined prior to registering for the course.

All students are highly encouraged to participate in a Business Internship before graduating.