Mar 01, 2024  

Legal Support Professional - Law Office Specialist - Advanced Certificate

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Program Code: CBA.35284

Not all legal work requires a law degree. As a legal support professional, you may work in a variety of environments and be responsible for a variety of job duties.

You may find work directly under the supervision of a lawyer. While the lawyer assumes responsibility for the legal support professional's work, you will often be allowed to perform all the functions of a lawyer other than accepting clients, setting fees, giving legal advice, or presenting a case in court. You will generally do background work for the lawyer and help a lawyer prepare litigation for trial by investigating the facts of the case to make sure that all relevant information is uncovered. Secretarial services are normally required as well.

You may conduct research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other material that will be used to determine whether or not the client has a good case. After analyzing all the information, you may prepare a written report that is used by the attorney to decide how the case should be handled. If the attorney decides to file a lawsuit on behalf of the client, you may prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and assist the attorney during the trial. You may also be responsible for routinely typing up the pleadings and client correspondence.

You may find work in a police department, court office, administrative office, nonprofit organization, loss prevention department or human resource office of a company. Job duties in these types of environments could consist of investigative work, process serving, file maintenance, typing of routine documents, applications and pleadings, and research into appropriate administrative or employment statutes and cases.

This certificate program is designed to provide advanced office skills while specializing in a legal office.

Total Semester Credits: 6

Total Semester Credits: 11

Total Semester Credits: 9

Winter Second Year:

Total Semester Credits: 6.5

Fall Third Year:

Total Semester Credits: 8

Total Semester Credits: 6.5

Total Credits: 47



  1. A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required in LSP 110W , LSP 115 , LSP 230 , LSP 280W , MGT 251W , OAT 151 , OAT 152  (or ENG equivalents) OAT 171 , and all Elective courses.
  2. Proficiency in keyboarding is required for successful completion of this program. If you are not proficient, take OAT 170  in your first semester.
  3. OAT 171 - Document Processing: Beginning  requires OAT 170 - Keyboarding  with a “B” grade or better. A keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170 . Contact the BIT Division office, 989.686.9127, to arrange for the waiver test.
  4. Additional credits earned in LSP 261  or LSP 262  may be used as elective credit.
    1. Approved elective courses include: LSP 150 , LSP 210W , LSP 220 , LSP 235 , LSP 240 , LSP 250 , LSP 253 , MGT 256  
    2. CST 155  can be taken in place of CST 151  
    3. ENG 111  and ENG 112 , or ENG 111  and ENG 113  can be taken in place of OAT 152  
    4. LSP 261  or LSP 262  can be taken in place of LSP 260  

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Delta College

Undergraduate certificate in Law Office Specialist - Advanced Certificate
Program Length: 2 years

Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 2 years1

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Program Costs*

$5,813 for in-state tuition and fees

$9,125 for out-of-state tuition and fees

$2,350 for books and supplies

$8,244 for off-campus room and board

Other Costs:

No other costs provided.

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*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.
Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

N/A* of students who attend this program borrow money to pay for it2

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate leaves with

N/A* in debt3

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical monthly loan payment

N/A* per month in student loans with N/A* interest rate4.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate earns

Not provided per year after leaving this program5

Graduates who got jobs

100% of program graduates got jobs according to the state job placement rate7

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Legal Support Workers, All Other

Licensure Requirements6

There are no licensure requirements for this profession in:


Additional Information:

No additional notes provided.

Date Created: 6/16/2017

These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education


  1. The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (2 years).

  2. The share of students who borrowed Federal, private, and/or institutional loans to help pay for college.

  3. The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

  4. The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a NA* interest rate.

  5. The median earnings of program graduates who received Federal aid.

  6. Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

  7. State Job Placement Rate:

    Name of the state this placement rate is calculated for:


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    What types of jobs were these students placed in?

    The job placement rate includes completers hired for: Any jobs
    Positions that recent completers were hired for include: n/a

    When were the former students employed?

    This rate is based on program completers who were already employed or within six months of completion

    How were completers tracked?

    Graduation application survey and follow up survey

  8. Accreditor Job Placement Rate: N/A


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