Center for Continuing Studies

Legal Secretary Certificate

Our seven-week online program is designed for beginning and experienced secretaries who want to improve their skills and work more efficiently in a law office.

You will be expected to spend an average of at least 8 hours per week on reading and writing assignments in this accelerated course.

When you finish, you'll have new, marketable skills and be able to increase productivity. You'll earn a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University.

You'll learn about:

  • legal terminology and process
  • jurisdiction and venue
  • written communications, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions
  • filing procedures
  • billing and accounting
  • time management
  • records management
  • commonly used word and data processing programs
  • legal research
  • memoranda preparation
  • citation format

What you earn

Successful graduates earn a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University, and a certificate of course hours completed from The Center for Legal Studies.

2017 online sessions

  • Oct. 16 - Dec. 1

2018 sessions

  • Jan. 8 - Feb. 23
  • Mar. 5 - Apr. 20
  • Apr. 30 - June 15
  • June 25 - Aug. 10
  • Aug. 20 - Oct. 5
  • Oct. 15 - Nov. 30

Cost: $645 online; $685 via DVD; $645 text only.

Materials: Order "Legal Secretary Handbook, 2nd Edition" through The Center for Legal Studies.

WESTLAW legal research access available through the course.

Alternate registrations

  • 800-522-7737, and pay by credit card
  • 320-308-4723 or 320-308-6100, and pay by check
  • Complete this form (PDF)

Need a payment plan?

  1. Complete a registration form, submit it by email, mail or fax
  2. Make a 25 percent down-payment and arrange monthly payments 
Contact: Angela Olson