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Legal Secretary Certificate


Begin a new career or improve your skills in this seven-week course

The University of Central Missouri’s Legal Secretary Certificate course is designed for beginning and more experienced secretaries. Students will improve their skills and become more valuable in the workplace through this online, instructor-led seven-week course. Through emails and an online discussion board, students have the advantage of interacting with their instructor and other students. Median pay for legal secretaries is $44,730, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through this program, students earn a certificate of completion and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $995 Calendar icon  

Online instructor-led course

Contact hours icon    45 hours  Prerequesites checklist icon   High-school diploma or GED recommended. Basic knowledge or word processing and keyboarding (at least 50 words per minute)

Online course provides flexibility in an instructor-led environmentwoman-working-at-computer

This recognized course includes an introduction to theory of law, the legal process and the nature of the practice of law as well as legal terminology and ethics. Other topics covered are law office management, common law office technologies, court documents and legal research. 

What you will learn

  • Origins and history of American legal system
  • Legal terminology
  • Law office ethics
  • Professionalism and organization
  • Rules of e-discovery
  • File management
  • Word processing and other applications specific to law offices
  • Basic rules of citation formatting




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