A career as a legal office professional puts you amidst a challenging environment. Attorneys and judges demand accuracy and excellence as employees perform clerical duties using legal terminology, procedures and documents. As a legal office assistant, you also might help with preparation of legal papers and correspondence such as summonses, complaints, motions and subpoenas. Legal research also can be part of your duties.
The program provides instruction that includes legal office projects, legal terminology and transcription, legal research, professional standards and ethics and extensive training in computer software. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized as well as professional workplace skills. You will be expected to work diligently on assignments, learn and perform problem-solving skills and meet deadlines. It is required that you type at least 25 words per minute. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can complete the program in four semesters. Upon successful completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.
The U.S. Department of Labor says this career ranks among those with the largest number of job openings. In 2015, according to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for an entry-level legal office professional in Kansas was $11.82 an hour or $24,591 annually. The average wage was $13.81 an hour or $28,729 annually.
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This program begins every January and August.
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