Business Technology-Legal Office
The dynamics of today's legal profession require a special class of employee who is a key member of the legal team and able to deal with the complex laws in our nation. Office professionals working in the legal field must be competent in computer applications software and legal document preparation. Clark Business Technology courses provide a solid foundation in using computers for all business and office applications.

A legal assistant/paralegal cannot give legal advice, represent a client in court, set a fee, or accept a case, functions generally considered the practice of law.

Students must complete all specifically listed courses and Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Legal Office (CP)
This program is designed for students who have had prior training in keyboarding. The program will build upon that skill, provide knowledge of legal terminology, and improve the ability to prepare legal forms.

If they have had no prior training, students should consider entering the two-year program. Prerequisites for enrollment: one year of keyboarding in high school or 55 wpm certified by taking a keyboarding test. Students will work in a law office part-time in the last quarter.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
BUS 102
BUSINESS MATH APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 107
BUSINESS ENGLISH
5 cr.
BTEC 122
WORD FOR BUSINESS
5 cr.
BTEC 131
FILING AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
BTEC 135
10-KEY CALCULATOR
1 cr.
BTEC 201
DOCUMENT FORMATTING (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 140
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
or BTEC 141
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
or BTEC 143
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
or BTEC 145
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
and BTEC 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (2-3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 165
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
3 cr.
or BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
PRLE 101
INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL THEORY
3 cr.
PRLE 102
LEGAL ETHICS
3 cr.
PRLE 103
LEGAL RESEARCH
3 cr.
PRLE 151
CIVIL LITIGATION I: LEGAL DOCUMENT PREPARATION
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 51-52
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Legal Administrative Assistant (AAS)
The legal administrative assistant prepares legal papers, summons, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. Specialized training includes the terminology and skills necessary to meet the demands of a legal administrative assistant. Students are trained for employment with a law firm or law-related office such as corporate legal departments of business firms, banks, insurance companies, and financial institutions. Better than average growth is anticipated for this occupation in the state, while a 25% increase is expected in the next decade.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL 212
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
BUS 102
BUSINESS MATH APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Humanities (3 credits required) **
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required) **
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 101
BEGINNING KEYBOARDING (3 credits required) *
1-3 cr.
or BTEC 103
REFRESHER KEYBOARDING (3 credits required) *
1-3 cr.
BTEC 122
WORD FOR BUSINESS
5 cr.
BTEC 131
FILING AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
BTEC 135
10-KEY CALCULATOR
1 cr.
BTEC 140
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
or BTEC 141
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
or BTEC 143
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
or BTEC 145
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
2 cr.
and BTEC 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 165
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
3 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
BTEC 170
EXCEL FOR BUSINESS
3 cr.
BTEC 180
ACCESS FOR BUSINESS
3 cr.
BTEC 201
DOCUMENT FORMATTING (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 203
SPEED AND ACCURACY BUILDING (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 211
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
5 cr.
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
PRLE 101
INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL THEORY
3 cr.
PRLE 102
LEGAL ETHICS
3 cr.
PRLE 103
LEGAL RESEARCH
3 cr.
PRLE 151
CIVIL LITIGATION I: LEGAL DOCUMENT PREPARATION
3 cr.
PRLE 209
CIVIL LITIGATION: INSURANCE CLAIMS
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
* Register for BTEC 100.
** CMST courses may not count for more than two distribution areas of general education requirements. CMST& 210 can count for Humanities or Social Sciences; CMST& 230 can count for Humanities.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.