Legal office management degree options don't exist but related programs offer a wide variety of options. Here we examine the programs of two schools that offer programs related to legal office management.
Broadview University offers a 36-month Bachelor of Science in Paralegal degree program. The curriculum provides education in both law and office administration. Specific course topics include:
- Law office management
- Legal research
- Supervisory management
- Legal terminology
- Legal writing
- American legal systems
- Computer information systems
- Technical communications
- Microsoft Office Professional
All students must also take a paralegal externship/internship to gain hands-on legal office management experience. Internships lead to full-time employment for about half of the students.
Broadview University provides support to students through such means as online tutoring and telephone assistance lines. Students use Blackboard educational software to access online resources, including course assignments and library items, and communicate with their instructors and classmates.
Upon graduation, individuals may pursue legal office management positions in a variety of settings, including the following:
- Law firms
- Corporate legal departments
- Government legal departments
The Kaplan University School of Legal Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program that consists of interactive classes and seminars. Students are required to take online quizzes and complete a capstone legal project. They must research legal topics and take notes for online discussion.
Upon enrollment, students must complete a class that covers the skills needed for effective online study. From there, they take courses in legal studies, general education and legal office management. Specific law-related courses include:
- Legal Ethics
- Business Law
- Legal Philosophy
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Law and Society
- Legal Research and Writing
Working attorneys and legal professionals teach all online classes. Students have online access to legal materials at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Kaplan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Education Commission.
Individuals who are interested in careers in legal office management can take advantage of the online offerings of Broadview University and Kaplan University. These schools both offer bachelor's degree programs that can help prepare students for professional success in legal offices.