Gainful Employment

Purpose: 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.

Articulation: 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:

Program Requirements   Credits
LGL 110 Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant 3
LGL 125 Legal Research 3
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3
LGL 200 Ethics 1
Writing Requirement ENG 111 or BUS 236 3
Elective Any LGL course or ADJ 211 3
Total Minimum Credits   16

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.