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Program and Course Info

The legal secretary assists attorneys with a wide variety of responsibilities including performing clerical duties; maintaining office files; working closely with attorneys to meet deadlines for court calendars; preparing summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas; and filing documents with the courts.In some law offices, legal secretaries review legal reference books, other legal publications/or electronic media to identify court decisions
pertinent to pending cases.

Southwestern College offers two excellent programs:Legal Office Professional and Legal Office Professional —Bilingual (English/Spanish).These programs provide students with strong legal secretarial skills and focus on developing excellent human relations skills with an awareness of the growing multicultural community in San Diego County.An added feature is that students have an option of working toward a certificate or degree emphasizing one of the following specialties: family law;
civil litigation; criminal law; business law; international law; immigration law; or will, trust, and probate.Students with a specialty and/or knowledge of a frequently used foreign language will have the greatest opportunities for employment.

Degree/Certificate Options

Associate in Science: Legal Office Professional
Associate in Science:Business Law
Associate in Science: Civil Litigation
Associate in Science:Criminal Law
Associate in Science:Family Law
Associate in Science:Immigration Law
Associate in Science:International Business Law
Associate in Science:Wills,Trusts,and Estates
Associate in Science:Word Processing
Certificate of Achievement: Legal Office Professional
Certificate of Achievement:Business Law
Certificate of Achievement:Civil Litigation

Certificate of Achievement:Criminal Law
Certificate of Achievement:Family Law
Certificate of Achievement:Immigration Law
Certificate of Achievement:International Business Law
Certificate of Achievement:Wills,Trusts,and Estates
Certificate of Achievement:Word Processing

Associate in Science Degree: Legal Office Professional

The Associate in Science degree in Legal Studies is designed to prepare students to work in a legal office.Students will gain an understanding of the court system,legal terminology,and the preparation of legal documents in some of the various areas of law including family law,wills and probate,and criminal law. Word processing skills and English language skills are also
emphasized.

BUS 78 Electronic Calculator 1 unit
BUS 182 Keyboarding for Office Professionals 2 units
BUS 200A Microsoft Word: Beginning Certification Preparation 2.5 units
BUS 210 Business English 3 units
or
BUS 211 Communication in Business and Industry 3 units
or
BUS 212 Business Communication 3 units
BUS 223 Legal Office Procedures 2.5 units
BUS 249 Legal Transcription 2.5 units
CIS 122B Spreadsheet Software —Excel 1 unit
LEGL 224 Procedures for Legal Office Personnel 3 units
LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 units
Total units 20
Recommended Electives:ACCT 7;BUS 73,74,140,177,183,
206,226,228,229,240,200B,246;LEGL 255,256,257,259,
260,261,262,263,264,265,266,267,268,269,CIS 129,133,
134,139,140,151,152.

BUS 241 and 242 satisfies BUS 200A and 200B in the Legal
Office Professional program.

NOTE:Certificate of Achievement or A.S.degree stating a legal
specialty will be granted upon the completion of all requirements
above plus completion of one of the following specialties:

Associate in Science: Business Law Specialty

Designed to instruct students to prepare legal documents, forms, and contracts in local or international legal offices with a special focus in the area of business law and litigation.

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
BUS 140 Business Law 3 units
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 272 Business Organizations 2 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32

Associate in Science:Civil Litigation Specialty

Designed to instruct students to prepare court cases, documents, and pleadings to work in legal offices with a focus in civil litigation.

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 units
LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 33

Associate in Science:Criminal Law Specialty

Designed to instruct students to prepare court documents and pleadings in public or private legal offices with a focus in litigating criminal law.

AJ 151 Concepts of Criminal Law 3 units
AJ 161 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3 units
BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 33

Associate in Science: Family Law Specialty

Designed to instruct students to prepare documents for divorce, custody, adoptions, and related proceedings in legal offices with a particular focus in family law.

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 263 Family Law 3 units
LEGL 266 Mediation,Negotiation,and Conflict Management 2 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional Program 20 units
Total units 32

Associate in Science: Immigration Law Specialty

Designed to instruct students to prepare a variety of immigration forms, documents, and interacting with clients in legal offices with a focus on immigration law.

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure 3 units
BUS 233 Interpretation and Translation: Immigration 3 units
or
LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals 2 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32 –33

Associate in Science: International Business Law Specialty

Designed to prepare students to work in legal offices with a focus on international law in the area of export and import trade and related international business.

BUS 73 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy I 1 unit
BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 256 International Law for Business 3 units
LEGL 257 International Business and Legal Communications:Spanish 3 units
or
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
BUS 108 Legal Aspects of International Trade for Small Business I unit
or
BUS 177 Principles of International Business 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32–34

Associate in Science: Wills, Trusts, and Estates Specialty

Designed to prepare students to work in legal offices with a focus in the preparation of wills, trusts, and probate.

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 264 Wills,Trusts,and Estates 3 units
BUS 121 Financial Planning and Money Management 3 units
or
RE 101 Real Estate Principles 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 33

Associate in Science: Word Processing Specialty

Designed to provide comprehensive training in the legal office support area.Emphasis on word processing and legal office procedures focusing on Microsoft Office software applications. Students have an option to become Microsoft certified by passing the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)core and expert certification examinations. Students learn telephone and receptionist techniques, machine transcription, business communications, human relations, teamwork, email, and Internet office applications as well as introductory-level skills in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and
Access.

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
BUS 200B Microsoft Word: Advanced Certification Preparation 2.5 units
BUS 240 Office Automation Concepts —MOS Outlook Certificate Preparation 2.5 units
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
or
BUS 211 Communication in Business and Industry 3 units
or
BUS 212 Business Communication 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32

Certificate of Achievement: Legal Office Professional

BUS 78 Electronic Calculator 1 unit
BUS 182 Keyboarding for Office Professionals 2 units
BUS 200A Microsoft Word: Beginning Certification Preparation 2.5 units
BUS 210 Business English 3 units
or
BUS 211 Communication in Business and Industry 3 units
or
BUS 212 Business Communication 3 units
BUS 223 Legal Office Procedures 2.5 units
BUS 249 Legal Transcription 2.5 units
CIS 122B Spreadsheet Software —Excel 1 unit
LEGL 224 Procedures for Legal Office Personnel 3 units
LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 units
Total units 20

Certificate of Achievement: Business Law Specialty

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
BUS 140 Business Law 3 units
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 272 Business Organizations 2 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32

Certificate of Achievement: Civil Litigation Specialty

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 units
LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 33

Certificate of Achievement: Criminal Law Specialty

AJ 151 Concepts of Criminal Law 3 units
AJ 161 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3 units
BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 33

Certificate of Achievement: Family Law Specialty

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 263 Family Law 3 units
LEGL 266 Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management 2 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32

Certificate of Achievement: Immigration Law Specialty

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure 3 units
BUS 233 Interpretation and Translation:Immigration 3 units
or
LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals 2 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32–33

Certificate of Achievement: International Business Law Specialty

BUS 73 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy I 1 unit
BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 256 International Law for Business 3 units
LEGL 257 International Business and Legal Communications:Spanish 3 units
or
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
BUS 108 Legal Aspects of International Trade for Small Business I unit
or
BUS 177 Principles of International Business 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32–34

Certificate of Achievement: Wills, Trusts, and Estates Specialty

BUS 74 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy II 1 unit
BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 264 Wills,Trusts,and Estates 3 units
BUS 121 Financial Planning and Money Management 3 units
or
RE 101 Real Estate Principles 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 33

Certificate of Achievement: Word Processing Specialty

BUS 75 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy III 1 unit
BUS 200B Microsoft Word: Advanced Certification Preparation 3 units
BUS 240 Office Automation Concepts —MOS Outlook Certificate Preparation 3 units
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
or
BUS 211 Communication in Business and Industry 3 units
or
BUS 212 Business Communication 3 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV 2 units
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional program 20 units
Total units 32