Legal Administrative Assistant Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

There are career-focused certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs available for aspiring legal administrative assistants. Read on to get more information about education in this field and the schools that offer programs.

Legal administrative assistants perform clerical tasks in law offices. Although no formal education is required, aspiring assistants can improve their job prospects by completing an undergraduate-level program.

Schools with Legal Administrative Assistant Programs

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer legal administrative assistant programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state
Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR 2-year, Public Associate's $4,265 in-state, $9,313 out-of-state
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's $7,224 in-state, $18,224 out-of-state
Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN 2-year, Public Diploma $5,584
Alexandria Technical and Community College Alexandria, MN 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $5,402
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Certificate $3,136 in-district, $3,953 in-state, $7,648 out-of-state
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,194 in-state, $5,034 out-of-state
William T McFatter Technical College Davie, FL 2-year, Public Certificate $3,083**
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI 2-year, Public Certificate $3,060 in-district, $5,100 in-state, $6,810 out-of-state
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL 2-year, Public Certificate $3,996 in-district, $8,916 in-state, $10,326 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

School Selection Criteria

Here are some things to think about when choosing between programs:

  • For students who are considering programs that include an internship, it can be helpful to find out where internships are offered, such as at a large law firm or state's attorney's office, in order to ensure that they will get experience in a setting where they might want to pursue a career.
  • Students should consider the curricula of a program in order to ensure it meets they academic needs; for instance, programs may or may not include general education coursework.
  • Aspiring assistants who have work commitments or other scheduling constraints may want to find programs that are available in online formats.
  • When considering certificate and associate's degree programs, it can be helpful to find out if the credits can be applied toward a higher degree program in the future.

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Certificate and diploma programs for legal administrative assistants provide a short series of courses that cover the basics of office administration as well as relevant legal office-specific topics. Students gain experience with common software programs, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, and they build their business communications and administrative management skills. To prepare for office work at law firms, they study legal terminology, document preparation, document handling procedures and ethical issues. At some schools, there may also be a few general education courses.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs include the same office-related and law-specific courses as certificate programs, but they also require students to fulfill general education requirements. In addition, students may be required to complete an internship at a law firm. After completing one of these two-year programs, graduates are most commonly awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Although bachelor's degree programs in this field are uncommon, it is possible to find Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs for legal administrative assistants. Students build on associate's degree coursework with a wider range of electives and liberal arts courses. These programs take four years to complete.

Aspiring legal administrative assistants can get the education they need by earning an undergraduate certificate or degree. These programs are most commonly available at community colleges and technical schools.

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