Center for Continuing Studies

Legal Secretary Certificate

WIOA Certified

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.

2019 Sessions

Cost:  $729 online and text only

  • Oct. 21 - Dec. 6

2020 Sessions

Cost:  $995

  • Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24
  • May 4 - June 19
  • June 29 - Aug. 14
  • Aug. 24 - Oct. 9
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
  • Complete this form (PDF) to pay by check or purchase order

Need a payment plan?  Two easy steps:

  1. Complete a registration form (PDF), then submit it by email or mail
  2. Contact to initiate your payment plan

What is required?

  • 25 percent down-payment
  • Monthly payments 
  • Nonrefundable $30 enrollment fee

Ways to Pay:

  • Auto Debit - automatically deducts payment from checking/savings account
  • Pay via mobile apps
  • Online - log on to make a one-time payment
  • Mail a payment 
  • Online bank payment  through your bank's online bill pay service

Contact: Angela Olson