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Law Office Administration Pathway Certificate

Program Code: 611101

A law office administrator is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who is responsible for law office management, communications process, supervising paralegals, law office billing and law library management. Law office administrators are not authorized to practice law.

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Certificate Completers will be able to

• Describe the role of paralegals in the American legal system.
• Analyze law office procedures required to comply with Wisconsin laws and regulations.
• Utilize legal office applications software for timekeeping, billing, case and legal matter management and office operations management.
• Apply ethical canons and codes associated with the use of legal technology in the law office.
• Maintain a law library providing access to hard copy and electronic resources appropriate for practicing paralegals and attorneys.
• Demonstrate competent use of various legal research tools.
• Describe employment laws impacting legal offices.
• Describe various leadership styles and management principles.

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Law Office Administration Pathway Certificate in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-110-101
Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics
3
10-110-104
Legal Research
3
10-110-104 LEGAL RESEARCH ...research terminology; sources of law; primary/secondary authority; mandatory/persuasive authority; citation form; factual/legal issues; effective research strategies; validating and updating results; computer-assisted legal research; Internet research. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
10-110-174
Law Office Administration
3
10-110-174 LAW OFFICE ADMINISTRATION ...law office procedures including law office management, communications process, law office systems, utilizing and supervising paralegals, law office billing, law library management and ethical considerations in law office management. (Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
10-110-175
Legal Computer Applications
3
10-110-175 LEGAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ...legal applications and ethics relating to: PC hardware, software, technology; Microsoft Office Suite; calendaring, timekeeping/billing, and case management software; Internet/e-mail; e-filing and the electronic courthouse; e-discovery; presentation/trial graphics. (Corequisite 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
TOTAL CREDITS
12
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