Legal Secretary Career Diploma

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Do you want to learn the skills needed for the legal secretary profession? If so, Penn Foster's Legal Secretary Career Diploma program may be right for you. Read on to learn more about the Legal Secretary Career Diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster's Legal Secretary Career Diploma program is designed to teach you about filing techniques and record management, current office technologies, PC basics, keyboarding, and Internet fundamentals. You'll also have a chance to learn about risk management, ethics, and professionalism. Additionally, completion of the diploma program qualifies you to sit for the National Association of Legal Secretary (NALS) Certification Exam. All instructional material is provided upon enrollment, and you have the ability to set your own pace while working from home.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to Penn Foster's Legal Secretary Diploma program, you should have strong communication and organizational skills and be familiar with basic PC and office technologies. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

Penn Foster's Legal Secretary Career Diploma program is divided into 12 instruction sets. A graduation set is sent to all students who have completed the program requirements. This set includes a handbook for office professionals, a study guide for the NALS exam, and various texts that cover legal secretary procedures. A Windows-based PC is required to access online materials.

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Instruction Set Lessons
Instruction Set 1 Learning Strategies
The Legal Secretary
Instruction Set 2 Your Professional Image
Stress and Time Management
Instruction Set 3 Interpersonal Communication Skills
Administrative Office Procedures
Travel and Meeting Planning
Instruction Set 4 Filing Techniques
Records Management
Math for Office Professionals
Instruction Set 5 Technologies in the Workplace
Resources and References
Internet Basics
Instruction Set 6 Business English
Instruction Set 7 First Steps in Using a Personal Computer
Using Windows
Keyboarding and Word Processing
Instruction Set 8 Advanced Word Processing
Instruction Set 9 Integrated Applications
Instruction Set 10 Legal Terminology, Part 1
Legal Terminology, Part 2
Ethics, Professional, and Risk Management
Instruction Set 11 Legal Document Preparation
Legal Research
Instruction Set 12 Office Finances
Office Management

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed Penn Foster's Legal Secretary Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue a career as a legal secretary. Some possible employers could include banks, law firms, and corporate legal departments. Some legal secretaries also work for real estate agents and insurance companies.

Advanced Degrees

When you have finished Penn Foster's Legal Secretary Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue an associate's degree in a related field. An associate's degree in paralegal studies may allow you to take courses on legal research and writing, contract law, bankruptcy law, ethics, and civil litigation. Some possible degree programs could include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science in Legal Associate Studies
  • Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
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