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Legal Office Specialist Degree

The Legal Office Specialist Degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in 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 opportunities in the following occupational areas:

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

For specific information contact the NIACC Business Division.

Upon successful completion of the Legal Office Specialist curriculum (at least 60 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.


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.
Second Year - Third Term
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 9 s.h.
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective(s) 3 s.h.
15 s.h.
Fourth Term
BCA-136 Advanced Word Processing** 3 s.h.
BCA-152 Comprehensive Spreadsheets*** 3 s.h.
ENG-106 Composition II**** 3 s.h.
Business Elective(s) 6 s.h.
15 s.h.
Total Program Hours 60 s.h.

*Prerequisites: BUS-121 Business Communications, and BCA-129 Basic Word Processing or BCA-215 Computer Business Applications.
**Prerequisites: BCA-129 Basic Word Processing and BCA-215 Computer Business Applications.
***Prerequisites: BCA-101 Introduction to Computers and Information Systems or BCA-215 Computer Business Applications.
****Prerequisites: ENG-105 Composition I.

+If you anticipate achieving a two-year degree, enroll in a Business Elective your first year and Workplace Professionalism your second year, preferably the Fourth Term.

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.