2017-2018 Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook

Office Administration - Legal (AAS) A2537A

Legal is a concentration under the curriculum title of Office Administration. This curriculum prepares individuals for entry-level positions in legal or government-related offices and provides professional development for the currently employed.

Course work includes terminology, operational procedures, preparation and transcription of documents, computer software, and court-related functions as they relate to the legal office profession. Emphasis is placed on the development of accuracy, organizational skills, discretion, and professionalism.

Graduates should qualify for employment in corporate legal departments; private practices, including real estate and estate planning; and city, state, and federal government offices. With appropriate work experience, graduates may apply for certification as a Professional Legal Secretary (PLS).

Technology changes at a rapid pace. For this reason, any previously earned, comparable College-level computer course work will be evaluated for transfer credit. The evaluation will compare previous course content with current technology requirements. Therefore, credit will not automatically be extended course for course.

Course and Hour Requirements

Major Courses

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACC 115College Accounting
3
2

4

or

ACC 120Prin of Financial Acct
3
2

4

 

BUS 115Business Law I
3
0

3

BUS 116Business Law II
3
0

3

BUS 121Business Math
2
2

3

OST 130Comprehensive Keyboarding
2
2

3

OST 132Keyboard Skill Building
1
2

2

OST 134Text Entry & Formatting
2
2

3

OST 136Word Processing
2
2

3

OST 155Legal Terminology
3
0

3

OST 156Legal Office Procedures
2
2

3

OST 159Legal Office Ethics
2
0

2

OST 164Text Editing Applications
3
0

3

OST 184Records Management
2
2

3

OST 251Legal Doc Formatting
2
2

3

OST 252Legal Transcription I
2
2

3

OST 286Professional Development
3
0

3

Office Systems/Management: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
OST 181Intro to Office Systems
2
2

3

OST 289Administrative Office Mgt
2
2

3

Computers/Information Systems: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
CIS 110Introduction to Computers
2
2

3

OST 137Office Software Applicat
2
2

3

Major Electives: Select 2-3 hours

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
CTS 130Spreadsheet
2
2

3

OST 122Office Computations
1
2

2

OST 233Office Publications Design
2
2

3

OST 236Adv Word/Information Proc
2
2

3

WBL 111Work-Based Learning I
0
10

1

WBL 112Work-Based Learning I
0
20

2

Total Major Hours: 55-56

General Education Courses

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACA 115Success and Study Skills
0
2

1

Communications:

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
COM 110Introduction to Communication
3
0

3

or

COM 231Public Speaking
3
0

3

 

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

Select one of the following:

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ENG 112Writing/Research in the Disciplines
3
0

3

ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting
3
0

3

Humanities/Fine Arts: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ART 111Art Appreciation
3
0

3

ART 114Art History Survey I
3
0

3

ART 115Art History Survey II
3
0

3

DRA 111Theatre Appreciation
3
0

3

ENG 231American Literature I
3
0

3

ENG 232American Literature II
3
0

3

ENG 241British Literature I
3
0

3

ENG 242British Literature II
3
0

3

ENG 261World Literature I
3
0

3

ENG 262World Literature II
3
0

3

ENG 273African-American Literature
3
0

3

HUM 110Technology and Society
3
0

3

HUM 170The Holocaust
3
0

3

MUS 110Music Appreciation
3
0

3

PHI 240Introduction to Ethics
3
0

3

REL 110World Religions
3
0

3

REL 211Intro to Old Testament
3
0

3

REL 212Intro to New Testament
3
0

3

REL 221Religion in America
3
0

3

Social/Behavioral Sciences: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
PSY 150General Psychology
3
0

3

SOC 210Introduction to Sociology
3
0

3

SOC 213Sociology of the Family
3
0

3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy
2
2

3

MAT 171Precalculus Algebra
3
2

4

Total General Education Hours: 19-20

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 74-76

Suggested Sequence of Courses

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACA 115Success and Study Skills
0
2

1

BUS 115Business Law I
3
0

3

OST 130Comprehensive Keyboarding
2
2

3

OST 134Text Entry & Formatting
2
2

3

OST 155Legal Terminology
3
0

3

OST 164Text Editing Applications
3
0

3

OST 184Records Management
2
2

3

Total Credit Hours:
15
8
19

Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BUS 116Business Law II
3
0

3

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

OST 132Keyboard Skill Building
1
2

2

OST 251Legal Doc Formatting
2
2

3

Computers/Information Systems Course*
2
2

3

Humanities/Fine Arts Course*
3
0

3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics Course*
2-3
2

3-4

Total Credit Hours:
16-17
8
20-21

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACC 115College Accounting
3
2

4

or

ACC 120Prin of Financial Acct
3
2

4

 

BUS 121Business Math
2
2

3

 

ENG 112Writing/Research in the Disciplines
3
0

3

or

ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting
3
0

3

 

OST 286Professional Development
3
0

3

OST 136Word Processing
2
2

3

Office Systems Management Course*
2
2

3

Total Credit Hours:
15
8
19

Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
OST 156Legal Office Procedures
2
2

3

OST 159Legal Office Ethics
2
0

2

OST 252Legal Transcription I
2
2

3

Communications Course*
3
0

3

Major Elective*
0-2
2-20

2-3

Social/Behavioral Sciences Course*
3
0

3

Total Credit Hours:
12-14
6-24
16-17

*See "Course and Hour Requirements"

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 74-76