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Legal Assistant Certificate

This program is designed for both beginning and experienced assistants who would like to improve their skills, preparing students for employment opportunities, such as Legal Assistants in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, legal aid societies, and federal and state courts. This program consists of 6 required courses plus 3 electives.

Please click here for a complete Program Brochure. A Combined Certificate in Legal Studies and Legal Assistant is also available. Click here for more information.

Registration and Tuition: This course consists of 6 required courses and 3 electives.  Tuition is $3700 plus one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually with a $20 registration fee per semester.  To register online for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Certificate Requirements: Complete all required courses within two years, plus three electives. Most courses have exams and or presentations. You can expect to study approximately 3-5 hours/week for each course. This course presumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a typing proficiency of at least 50 words per minute. Basic word processing and typing skills will not be covered in this course.

After having successfully completed the program, students receive a certificate and transcript issued by Continuing Education.  Additionally, transcripts are kept on file for 7 years in the Continuing Education office. Please click here to view requirements for the Combined Certificate in Legal Studies and Legal.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 Semester
DayTimeDates
Drafting Legal Instruments Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm 4/1-4/29
English Writing for International Legal Professionals Wednesday 7:40- 9:40pm 4/2-5/7
Electives


Microsoft Excel II Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 4/1-5/6
Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Date
Introduction to Law Thursday 6-9pm 6/5-7/3
Drafting Legal Instruments Tuesday 6-9pm 5/27-7/1
Contracts Monday 6-9pm 6/30-7/28
Litigation Wednesday 6-9:45pm 6/11-7/2
English Writing for International Legal Professionals Thursday 7:40-9:40pm 6/5-7/10
Electives
Bookkeeping and Budgeting Wednesday 6-9pm 6/11-7/9
Accounting Mon. & Wed. 7:40-9:40pm 6/2-7/2
Microsoft Excel I Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 5/20-6/24
Microsoft Excel II Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 7/8-8/12

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Law (LSINTLAW)
  • Drafting Legal Instruments (LSDRALEG)
  • Contracts (LSCONTRA)
  • Legal Research & Writing (LSLEGRES)
  • Litigation (LSLITIGA)
  • English Writing for International Legal Profession- (ENWRLEG)

Electives: (Choose 3)

  • Microsoft Excel I (MICEX1)
  • Microsoft Excel II (MICEX2)
  • Bookkeeping & Budgeting (BOOBUD)
  • Accounting (FACACCO)

Combined Certificate in Legal Studies and Legal Assistant $4700

Students who obtain the Combined Certificate in Legal Assistant and Legal Studies will have a much broader knowledge of the legal field and will be more marketable. These legal skills can be used to pursue a career as Legal Assistant or Paralegal in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, legal aid societies, and federal and state courts. Tuition for this program is $4700 and consists of 6 required courses and 6 electives for a total of 191 hours of study.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Required Courses: Introduction to Law, Legal Research and Writing, Drafting Legal Instruments, Litigation, Contracts, English Writing for International Legal Profession
Elective Course Options: Excel 1 and 2, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Budgeting, and choice from Legal Studies elective course offerings. Please see the Legal Studies program brochure for the complete list of electives offered.


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Grades
Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A Certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.
Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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