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This program is designed to prepare individuals for an entry-level position as a Legal Assistant. In addition, it is designed to enhance the professional qualifications of those persons already employed as Legal Secretaries.

Occupational Objectives

Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.


Individuals successfully completing this Career Studies Certificate program may continue their studies and earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Assisting at either Northern Virginia Community College or J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Legal Assistant Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 16
Program RequirementsDescriptionCredits
LGL 110Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant3
LGL 125Legal Research3
LGL 126Legal Writing3
LGL 200Ethics1
Writing RequirementENG 111 or BUS 2363
ElectiveAny LGL course or ADJ 2113

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Students should begin with LGL 110. LGL 125 should be completed before LGL 126. The elective can be taken at any point after completion of LGL 110.