Office Administration/Legal Administrative Assistant Career

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Office Administration

(Legal Administrative Assistant)

Credits required 65/67

Dean


Kathleen Pearle, Ed.D. kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Elizabeth Nowakowski, Program Coordinator of Legal Administrative Assistant and Paralegal Studies, elizabeth.nowakowski@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: OF

Concentration Code: OFL

Program Goals Statement

Students completing this concentration are prepared to work in law offices, courts, corporate legal departments, law schools, and a wide range of other office settings. Students develop skills in law office procedures, legal document processing, use of software (Microsoft Office programs and legal specialty programs), legal ethics, proofreading, and editing.

Related Programs

  • Legal Office Assistant Certificate and Paralegal Studies Degree and Certificate

Program Information

  • The skills developed provide excellent job mobility. Students can work in general legal practice or specialize in corporate work, real estate, probate, criminal and/or civil litigation, or other legal specialties as well as in executive office within all business, professional, and government entities.
  • Gain work experience by participating in CED 210, Cooperative Work Experience I, which places students in office positions related to their academic program.
  • OFC 102 or a demonstrated keyboarding speed of 20 wpm based on a three-minute timing administered by the Office Administration department chair is a prerequisite to OFC 113 and OFC 117.
  • Some courses are only offered in the fall or spring semesters.
  • Forty-five (45) credits may be applied to the Paralegal Studies degree.
  • Twenty-one (21) credits may be applied to the Paralegal Studies certificate.

Recommendations

  • Take developmental courses needed prior to enrolling in ENG 101 and complete OFC 102 or its equivalent testing prior to enrolling in the program.  
  • Any student wishing to receive transfer credit for an OFC course that qualifies must follow the PEL (Prior Experiential Learning) procedures provided in the Academic Information section of this catalog. The student must initiate the process with the department chair and appropriate faculty member.

After BCC

  • Employment in a variety of settings, including law firms, corporate law departments, financial institutions, government agencies, or courts. Some graduates continue studies in paralegal and/or law.

Degree Requirements

Choose one of the following

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

General Courses

ACC 114Introduction to QuickBooks Pro

1 credit

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:20

Elective Courses

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-4

See General Education Competency Courses - Scientific Reasoning and Discovery for course listings

Program Courses

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

LGL 281Law Office Procedures

3 credits

LGL 282Legal Document Processing

3 credits

LGL 284Legal Transcription

3 credits

OFC 102Computer Keyboarding

1 credit

OFC 113Introduction to Microsoft Word

3 credits

OFC 117Introduction to Computers and Software Applications

3 credits

OFC 120Text Editing

3 credits

OFC 214Advanced Microsoft Word

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:30-31

OFC 102: (May be waived by previous course or passing a keyboarding test administered by the Office Administration department chair.)

Choose one of the following

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience

3 credits

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

OFC 113Introduction to Microsoft Word

3 credits

OFC 117Introduction to Computers and Software Applications

3 credits

OFC 120Text Editing

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 281Law Office Procedures

3 credits

OFC 214Advanced Microsoft Word

3 credits

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

Consider taking Gen Ed courses to reduce semester load.

 

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

LGL 282Legal Document Processing

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ACC 114Introduction to QuickBooks Pro

1 credit

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

LGL 284Legal Transcription

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

Science Elective

3-4 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

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