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    Mar 23, 2018  
2012-2013 Gaston College Catalog 

Legal Office Administration A.A.S. (A2537A)

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Legal is a concentration under the curriculum title of Office Administration. This curriculum prepares individuals for entry-level positions in legal or government-related offices and provides professional development for the currently employed.

Course work includes terminology, operational procedures, preparation, and transcription of documents, computer software and court-related functions as they relate to the legal office profession. Emphasis is placed on the development of accuracy, organizational skills, discretion, and professionalism.

Graduates should qualify for employment in corporate legal departments; private practices, including real estate and estate planning; and city, state, and federal government offices. With appropriate work experience, graduates may apply for certification as a Professional Legal Secretary (PLS).

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective use of computer software applications to perform office functions related to legal office administration.
  2. Students will demonstrate proper use of terminology and effective communication techniques related to legal office administration.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to manage working relationships with internal and external customers.
  4. Students will be able to identify professional, ethical, and social issues related to legal office administration.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to define a problem, identify possible solutions, and develop and implement solutions to issues arising in a business setting.

Gaston College Business and Information Technology Associate Degree Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

First Year

Total Credit Hours: 14

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 12

Second Year

Total Semester Hour Credits: 75


Course credits (OST and CIS) earned over five years ago will not apply toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Legal Office Administration.

Credits toward the AAS may be given to persons who have earned the Certified Professional Secretary designation. For futher information, persons holding this certification should contact the Chairperson of Office Administration.

* Contact Co-op office for course/section numbers.

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