This program will prepare you for entry-level positions in legal or government-related offices. It also provides professional development for those currently employed.
Coursework 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.
An office systems technology degree program is ideal for the student who wants a general business basics overview, but who also understands the importance of technology in the office. This degree program combines both the academic and the practical when it comes to instilling the skills needed to serve in an administrative role.
Graduates should qualify for employment in corporate legal departments, private practices and city, state and federal government offices. With appropriate work experience, graduates may apply for certification as a Professional Legal Secretary (PLS).
See the suggested course sequence below or look at the Office Administration - Legal degree checksheet.
General Education Courses
COM 110 Introduction to Communication
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
HUM 115 Critical Thinking Skills
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
PSY 150 General Psychology
Major Core Courses
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
OST 136 Word Processing
OST 164 Text Editing Applications
OST 184 Records Management
OST 289 Administrative Office Management
BUS 115 Business Law I
OST 155 Legal Terminology
OST 156 Legal Office Procedures
OST 252 Legal Transcription I
Other Major Courses
ACC 120 Principles of Financial Accounting
BUS 116 Business Law II
BUS 260 Business Communication
CTS 130 Spreadsheet
DBA 110 Database Concepts
OST 132 Keyboard Skill Building
OST 134 Text Entry & Formatting
OST 159 Legal Office Ethics
OST 251 Legal Document Formatting
OST 286 Professional Development
WBL 111 Work Based Learning I
Other Required Courses
SPA 120 Spanish for the Workplace
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 76