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Legal Administrative Assistant

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field. BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices. Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants.

Employment Information

72% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,109 starting annual wage

$45,219 average annual wage

$59,197 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field.

BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices.

The average annual wage in this field is $45,219, with an earning potential of about $59,197 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements


  • Students must have an Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Type 35 words per minute with no more than four errors on a three-minute timed writing.
  • Apply legal terminology and knowledge of legal resources to produce and analyze legal documents.
  • Produce accurate business documents in a variety of file formats using computer technology and applying editing and language skills.
  • Use a spreadsheet program to solve business problems using formulas, functions, lists, and charts.
  • Analyze, calculate, and interpret financial data.
  • Apply techniques for managing time, records, and meetings in an office environment.
  • Use Microsoft Outlook to create electronic messages and contacts, manage multiple calendars, and track tasks.
  • Apply communication and interpersonal skills while providing effective administrative support in a legal office environment.

Heather Shepherd - Instructor image

Heather Shepherd

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


- Room


Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!


Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field. BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices.

Employment Information

72% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,109 starting annual wage

$45,219 average annual wage

$59,197 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for legal administrative assistants are expected to increase. Job openings should be plentiful, especially for well qualified and experienced legal secretaries.

The average annual wage in this field is $45,219, with an earning potential of about $59,197 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants. Potential employers include law firms, corporations, and law-related government offices.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090.

Pre-Program Course Requirements


  • Students must have an Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Type 35 words per minute with no more than four errors on a three-minute timed writing.
  • Apply legal terminology and knowledge of legal resources to produce and analyze legal documents.
  • Produce accurate business documents in a variety of file formats using computer technology and applying editing and language skills.
  • Use a spreadsheet program to solve business problems using formulas, functions, lists, and charts.
  • Analyze, calculate, and interpret financial data.
  • Apply techniques for managing time, records, and meetings in an office environment.
  • Use Microsoft Outlook to create electronic messages and contacts, manage multiple calendars, and track tasks.
  • Apply communication and interpersonal skills while providing effective administrative support in a legal office environment.

Heather Shepherd - Instructor image

Heather Shepherd

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


- Room


Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!


Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate

If you have a high attention to detail, and are looking for a solid career in the legal field, choose this program to prepare to be a legal administrative assistant, legal receptionist, or legal secretary. Employment choices are many for highly-skilled workers in this field. BTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers such as law firms, government offices, real estate firms, and corporate offices.

Employment Information

72% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,109 starting annual wage

$45,219 average annual wage

$59,197 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for legal administrative assistants are expected to increase. Job openings should be plentiful, especially for well qualified and experienced legal secretaries.

The average annual wage in this field is $45,219, with an earning potential of about $59,197 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include legal secretaries, legal receptionists, and legal administrative assistants. Potential employers include law firms, corporations, and law-related government offices.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS49 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13MTWTh10:00a-11:30aCAMDEN KOpenings: 7
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    9/19-12/5MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 16
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 19
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    9/18-12/7Online MASSEY JOpenings: 15
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    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13MTWTh 9:00a-9:50aCAMDEN KOpenings: 8
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    9/19-10/15MWF12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 21
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    9/18-10/12ARRMASSEY JOpenings: 13
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    1/4-2/1MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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    4/2-4/24MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    10/17-12/7Online MASSEY JOpenings: 10
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    2/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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    4/29-6/14MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSMITH MOpenings: 17
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    7/5-8/13MTWTh12:30p-2:50pSMITH MOpenings: 4
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    7/5-8/13Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 1
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    7/5-8/13Online BURNS JOpenings: 1
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 17
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    9/19-12/7MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AOpenings: 11
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    9/19-12/5MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 10
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    9/18-12/6TTh 5:30p-7:40pSMITH MOpenings: 20
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    9/18-12/7Online SMITH MOpenings: 18
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    9/18-12/7Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 19
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    9/18-12/7Online BURNS JOpenings: 16
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    1/3-3/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/7-3/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 2
  • LGL 132Legal Terminology5 credits

    This course is designed to help students learn the legal terminology, English skills, legal formatting skills, and guidelines needed in a law office.


    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22MF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 114MS Outlook2 credits

    Students will use Microsoft Outlook to learn how to effectively manage settings, incoming and outgoing messages, schedules, and contacts. Students will use various views, create rules for processing emails, create auto-replies, and use search features. Students will create, format, and manage messages including BCC, signature lines, and processing junk emails. Students will share calendars, set appointments, create meetings, and manage a task list. Students will create and use contacts and distribution lists. Students will research email etiquette and corporate email policies, and apply email writing techniques to business scenarios.


    Future Offerings
    10/17-12/5MWF12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 11
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    4/3-5/8MW12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 107Computerized Keyboard Skillbuilding I3 credits

    Designed to help students improve their speed and accuracy at the computer. Computerized lessons analyze areas of weakness and provide appropriate drills for improvement. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/3-5/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 232Office Procedures5 credits

    Prepares the student for the role of an office or administrative assistant and the broader role as a professional member of the management team. The class exposes the student to the growing influence of information technology, the expanding global marketplace, and the changes in the organizational structure of modern business.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106.
  • Quarter 3
  • LGL 211Legal Document Processing5 credits

    This course makes use of a self-contained comprehensive job simulation designed to give the student practice on the types of activities most often performed in legal office settings. Students will gain hands-on exposure to the various types of law while formatting documents. Word processing functions are incorporated into the course.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 106; LGL 132 or as a co-requisite

    Future Offerings
    4/2-6/17MF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, technical descriptions and procedures, reports, and employment documents. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills. Students will use various forms of technology including email, online file sharing and live web conferencing. Students will need access to web cam and audio. It is recommended that BUS 188 (Business English) and CAP106 (Formatting with MS Word) be taken before BUS 171 (Technical Communications). NOTE: When this course is taught online, students will be expected to participate in two synchronous web conferences.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer scores: 71 Reading or a C or better in RDG 085; 71 Sentence Skills or a C or better in ENGL 092; CAP 101 with a C or better and CAP 105 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 9
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 123Records Management3 credits

    Introduces students to basic terminology and the scope of records and information management, employment opportunities, and legal and ethical matters associated with records. The life cycle of non-electronic and electronic records are surveyed from creation to retention and destruction.


    Future Offerings
    9/18-12/7Online MASSEY JOpenings: 9
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    5/10-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 150Math for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications in the areas of banking, business statistics, markup/markdown, payroll, debt, credit cards, investments, and insurance. It is recommended that students have a calculator with the exponent function.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7MWF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 15
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    1/3-3/22Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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    4/3-6/19MW 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS49 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090.

Pre-Program Course Requirements


  • Students must have an Accuplacer score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of “C” or better in MATH 090.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in touch keyboarding at 55 wpm on a three-minute timing.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate 80 percent competency in business document formatting, proofreading, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, alphabetic and numeric filing, legal proofreading, legal terminology, legal keyboarding, and ten-key proficiency.

Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!