Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

legal secretary certificate course

Seven week online course. 

This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of at least 8 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments.

This program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. 

Students will study such topics as legal terminology, legal process, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, written communications including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions, filing procedures, billing and accounting, time management, records management, an overview of commonly used word and data processing programs, legal research, memoranda preparation, and citation format.

This course will provide those interested in a career change with new, marketable job skills and help those already working as legal secretaries to increase efficiency and productivity in their offices.  Those who successfully complete this non-credit program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from St. Cloud State University.  This course is completed in one 7-week session.

Topics of Study:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the American Legal System & Ethics
  • Lesson 2: Reception Duties, Correspondence, File Management & Filing Systems
  • Lesson 3: Calendar & Docketing, Fees, Billing & Accounting Practices
  • Lesson 4: Word Processing & Legal Document Preparation
  • Lesson 5: E-discovery, Computers in a Law Office
  • Lesson 6: Legal Secretary Practicum

Schedule of Online sessions:


October 17 - December 2, 2016

January 10 - February 25, 2017


Text Only
Legal Secretary Certificate

Required Books and Materials may be ordered through our partner, Center for Legal Studies. More information at the registration site. Click on price above, then select Online, and you will see the order information for required and recommended materials.


Register online (click on prices above), by phone at 1-800-522-7737 or by calling SCSU at 320-308-4723 or 320-308-6100.

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