Academic Certificate in Legal Secretary

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 3209

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
Why major in Legal Secretary?

This academic certificate program prepares students for employment opportunities as legal secretaries in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, legal aid societies, and federal and state courts. The program teaches students basic legal principles, legal terminology, and business writing and provides a broad background in legal office management. Students also develop skills in clerical, technical, and administrative areas.

If I major in Legal Secretary, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Legal Secretary certificate program is career-oriented. Courses completed as part of this academic certificate program can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See a Social Sciences Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 11 credits each semester, you may complete the academic certificate of completion in three semesters.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Explain the role of a paralegal and a legal secretary in today’s legal system and in a legal organization;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the American legal system and the fundamentals of the litigation process;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of legal ethics and of the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.;
  • Demonstrate competent, proficient and professional performance of a variety of administrative and clerical responsibilities, including client contact, that are necessary to function successfully in a legal organization;
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical, analytical thinking skills; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate legal terminology in written and/or oral form with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Written & Oral Communications (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CIS 131 (3 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

CIS 152 Internet Concepts (3 credits)
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communications (3 credits)
OCT 215 Specialized Machine Transcription (3 credits)
OCT 230 Legal Office Procedures (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits)
PLS 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 33

First Semester
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
PLS 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 credits)

Second Semester
CIS 152 Internet Concepts (3 credits)
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communications (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)

Third Semester
OCT 215 Specialized Machine Transcription (3 credits)
OCT 230 Legal Office Procedures (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits)


 

NOTE:
(1) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Academic Certificate in Business Career Development

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 3001

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
Why major in Business Career Development?

The Business Career Development Certificate program is designed to develop or refine technical and professional skills in business. The program is especially appropriate for employees who wish to upgrade job-related skills for the sake of career advancement. It is also designed to offer preparation for students seeking entry-level jobs in business and industry.

If I major in Business Career Development, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Business Career Development Certificate program is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. However, many of the courses you take may be applied toward an associate’s degree at ECC. Check with a Business Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in one year. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Business Division at (973) 877-3222.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic business principles;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding and document processing;
  • Demonstrate dependability in carrying out responsibilities; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘business’ terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CIS 131 or CIS 135 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 141 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 credits)
BUS 204 Introduction to Organizational Behavior in Business (3 credits)
OCT 105 Microcomputer Keyboarding and Document Processing (3 credits)

Choose any two additional (non-repeated) Business electives (200-level courses in Business) (two 3-credit courses)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (3 credits)

Choose any one additional (non-repeated) free elective (one 3-credit course)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30

First Semester
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 141 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business or CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (one 3-credit course)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
OCT 105 Microcomputer Keyboarding and Document Processing (3 credits)

Second Semester
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 credits)
BUS 204 Introduction to Organizational Behavior in Business (3 credits)
Business elective (3 credits)
Business elective (3 credits)
Free elective (CEE 298 Cooperative Education Experience I is strongly recommended) (3 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.