2017-2018 Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook

Office Administration - Legal Diploma (D2537A)

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
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 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 252Legal Transcription I
2
2

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

Total Major Hours: 32

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

or

ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting
3
0

3

Total General Education Hours: 10

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 42

Suggested Sequence of Courses

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
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

OST 156Legal Office Procedures
2
2

3

OST 159Legal Office Ethics
2
0

2

OST 252Legal Transcription I
2
2

3

Computers/Information Systems Course*
2
2

3

Office Systems Management Course*
2
2

3

Total Credit Hours:
13
8
17

Summer Semester

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

3

or

ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting
3
0

3

Communications Course*
3
0

3

Total Credit Hours:
6
0
6

*See "Course and Hour Requirements"

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 42