Does the idea of diverse job responsibilities and being the go-to person in a legal office appeal to you? Prepare for the role of Legal Office Specialist with a degree, diploma or certificate from Anoka Tech. 

The Legal Office Specialist program consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with experience in a specialty area in legal studies and an advanced knowledge of administrative support skills.

Learningoptions Blk

 Offered completely online with part-time options

Partnerships Blk

Program developed by legal professionals

Onlyprogrammn Blk

Minnesoate WIOA Certified program

Potential Jobs:

  • Legal Support Worker
  • Legal Secretaries

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $29.90 per hour
Top Earners: $37.76 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Legal Office Specialist is a 60-credit program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal studies and an advanced knowledge of administrative support skills.

The AAS degree graduate also completes 15 credits of general education courses that further enhance their educational base and provide transfer options for further education. The completion of a degree shows commitment and dedication and can be advantageous for students seeking beyond entry level jobs or with employers who require a degree.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3. Utilize software applications necessary for business office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports using templates, mail merge, and building blocks.
  5. Explain the life cycle of a lawsuit, create legal documents, and the U.S. and State court systems. Complete accurate scheduling using a master calendar, a tickler system, and calendaring software.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment of business. Apply basic legal knowledge to business transactions. Communicate effectively using standard business and legal terminology.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding speed and accuracy and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  8. Recognize and use correct mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and usage appropriate for professional business communications.
  9. Express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct formatting and message approach (direct, indirect).
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.
  11. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills to use formulas and functions to create and edit worksheets, workbooks, charts and graphics, lookup tables, pivot tables, and charts as used in business scenarios.
  12. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Access skills to practice how to plan, design, create, and query a database, generate reports, and produce input user forms while recognizing correct database design concepts.
  13. Employ intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills to create business presentations that demonstrate appropriate design techniques.
  14. Apply accounting principles as they pertain to business office bookkeeping scenarios. Complete an accounting simulation by applying bookkeeping functions using QuickBooks.
  15. Practice methods to integrate Office 365 software to achieve efficiency in office operations.

As a legal office specialist, you will work for lawyers in private law firms, governmental offices, legal departments of corporations, court houses, legal aid offices, or the offices of county attorneys or public defenders. The legal assistant functions as an assistant to the lawyer or judge.

Duties may include preparing legal documents, billing and accounting, processing correspondence, transcribing,communicating with clients, utilizing a variety of software, and organizing and managing a busy legal practice.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
MnTC Electives   15

Recommended MnTC Electives

COMM 1055 Strengths and Wellness (Goal 2) 3
ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1) 4

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 15
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding 2
 ADSC 1006  Business Law 4
 ADSC 1197  Microsoft Word 4
COMM 1055 Strengths and Wellness (Recommended) 3
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies 2
Spring Semester 17
ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I 3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills 3
 ADSC 1115  Legal Procedures 5
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access 2
 ADSC 1206  Written Business Communications 4
Fall Semester 12
ADSC 1045  Administrative Office Procedures 4
 ADSC 1054  Office Bookkeeping 4
 ADSC 1162  Microsoft PowerPoint 2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel 2
Spring Semester 16
ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Applications 2
ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing (Recommended) 4
MnTC Electives   8

Students can choose to complete the Legal Office Specialist programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

First Semester Course Options

ADSC 1003, COMP 1002, INTS 1000

View Course Schedule

Options differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@no1-lovebaby.com
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist diploma is a 45-credit online program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal studies and an advanced knowledge of administrative support skills.

This online program combines administrative support specialist courses with specialized legal courses to provide graduates a broad-based skill set for success in the workplace including legal specialty skills.

Learningoptions Blk

 Offered completely online with part-time options

Partnerships Blk

Program developed by legal professionals

Onlyprogrammn Blk

Minnesoate WIOA Certified program

Potential Jobs:

  • Legal Support Worker
  • Legal Secretaries

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $29.90 per hour
Top Earners: $37.76 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist diploma is a 45-credit online program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal studies and an advanced knowledge of administrative support skills.

This online program combines administrative support specialist courses with specialized legal courses to provide graduates a broad-based skill set for success in the workplace including legal specialty skills.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3. Utilize software applications necessary for business office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports using templates, mail merge, and building blocks.
  5. Explain the life cycle of a lawsuit, create legal documents, and the U.S. and State court systems. Complete accurate scheduling using a master calendar, a tickler system, and calendaring software.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment of business. Apply basic legal knowledge to business transactions. Communicate effectively using standard business and legal terminology.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding speed and accuracy and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  8. Recognize and use correct mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and usage appropriate for professional business communications.
  9. Express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct formatting and message approach (direct, indirect).
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.
  11. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills to use formulas and functions to create and edit worksheets, workbooks, charts and graphics, lookup tables, pivot tables, and charts as used in business scenarios.
  12. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Access skills to practice how to plan, design, create, and query a database, generate reports, and produce input user forms while recognizing correct database design concepts.
  13. Employ intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills to create business presentations that demonstrate appropriate design techniques.
  14. Apply accounting principles as they pertain to business office bookkeeping scenarios. Complete an accounting simulation by applying bookkeeping functions using QuickBooks.
  15. Practice methods to integrate Office 365 software to achieve efficiency in office operations.

Legal office specialists assist lawyers in private law firms, governmental offices, legal departments of corporations, courthouses, legal aid offices, or the offices of county attorneys, public defenders, and judges.

Duties may include preparing legal documents, billing and accounting, processing correspondence, transcribing, communicating with clients, utilizing a variety of software, and organizing and managing a busy legal practice.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 12
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding 2
 ADSC 1162  Microsoft PowerPoint 2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access 2
 ADSC 1197  Microsoft Word 4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies  2
Spring Semester 19
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I 3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills 3
 ADSC 1115   Legal Procedures 5
 ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Applications 4
ADSC 1206 Written Business Communications 4
Spring Semester 14
 ADSC 1006  Business Law 4
 ADSC 1045 Administrative Office Procedures 4
 ADSC 1054  Office Bookkeeping 4
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel 2

Students can choose to complete the Legal Office Specialist programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

First Semester Course Options

ADSC 1003, COMP 1002, INTS 1000

View Course Schedule

Options differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist certificate is a 17-credit online program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with a specialty area in legal administrative skills and a core knowledge of administrative support skills.

Learningoptions Blk

 Offered completely online with part-time options

Partnerships Blk

Program developed by legal professionals

Onlyprogrammn Blk

Minnesoate WIOA Certified program

Potential Jobs:

  • Legal Support Worker
  • Legal Secretaries

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $29.90 per hour
Top Earners: $37.76 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Legal Office Specialist certificate is a 17-credit online program that consists of administrative support and legal courses to provide graduates with strong knowledge of administrative support skills with a specialty area in legal administrative support knowledge.

Legal office specialists support lawyers in private law firms, government offices, legal departments of corporations, courthouses, legal aid offices, or the offices of county attorneys, public defenders, and judges. Duties may include preparing legal documents, billing and accounting, processing correspondence, transcribing legal documents, communicating with clients, and utilizing a variety of software.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3. Utilize software applications necessary for business office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports using templates, mail merge, and building blocks.
  5. Explain the life cycle of a lawsuit, create legal documents, and the U.S. and State court systems. Complete accurate scheduling using a master calendar, a tickler system, and calendaring software.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment of business. Apply basic legal knowledge to business transactions. Communicate effectively using standard business and legal terminology.

Legal specialists perform a variety of office tasks, including scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, and managing day-to-day correspondence. In addition, they may compile legal briefs, prepare contracts, or help expedite information for legal cases. As an example, they may fill out accident reports or trial and courtroom requests. They also may perform legal research and collect information pertaining to cases.

Office support specialists are needed in virtually every industry. In this technology-intensive work environment, support professionals with keyboarding and software skills are highly sought after by employers. Administrative office specialists perform a full range of office responsibilities. They collaborate with administrators and other support personnel to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all office tasks.

The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently and possess an attention to detail. The ability to work.

 Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 10
ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding  2
 ADSC 1006  Business Law 4
ADSC 1197 Microsoft Word 4
Spring Semester 7
ADSC 1115  Legal Procedures 5
COMP 1002 Computer Technologies 2

Students can choose to complete the Legal Office Specialist programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

First Semester Course Options

ADSC 1003, COMP 1002, INTS 1000

View Course Schedule

Options differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Start Dates:

Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January

Upcoming Events:

Feb
27
Collegewide Virtual Information Session
  10 AM to 11 AM
  Zoom
RSVP

Take the Next Step