This training program combines a two course training track:Legal Secretary Legal TranscriptionLegal transcription has come into the public view recently being recognized for its efficient and professional influence on legal records and is steadily becoming a popular trend in the legal field. Legal Transcriptionists use verbatim methods to store, recover, and record legal information, and pre-trail and trial proceedings. They use prerecorded information, and written material to compile reports. Legal transcriptionists transcribe material that has been dictated or recorded in courtrooms, closed hearings, law offices, or through personal interviews. They accurately document all testimony, pleadings, interrogations, meeting minutes, and hearings. Legal secretaries perform clerical duties at law firms and other legal offices. Unlike regular secretaries, legal secretaries require extensive knowledge of legal proceedings and documentation. They may do factual or legal research at all levels of a case and will often organize meetings, appointments and dates for attorneys. Law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs.
After completing this course you should be able to:
Define the job description of a legal secretary
Identify correct billing and accounting methods
Define terminology of the court
Recognize types of contracts and torts
Identify types of business partnerships
Define types of wills and trusts
Type quickly and correctly
Identify the transcription format for civil litigation
Identify the transcription format for probates
Identify the transcription format for family law
Identify the transcription format for legal instruments
Identify the transcription format for bankruptcy and the appellate procedure
Employment of legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As employers try to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of legal services, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. Following the cutbacks experienced during the recent recession, some law firms are rebuilding their support staff by hiring paralegals. Paralegals can be a less costly alternative to lawyers and perform a wider variety of duties, including tasks once done by lawyers. This will cause an increase in demand for paralegals and legal assistants.
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?
By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the student’s responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.
Does this course translate in to college credit?
Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.
How long do access to my complete my course?
Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.
When are the course start dates?
The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.
Is the Certification exam included in the course?
The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.
Upon successful completion of our Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Secretary or Legal Assistant in a Law office setting and will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NALS national certification exam to become an Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS). This exam also requires that you have one year of general office experience.
Upon successful completion of our Legal Transcription course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Transcriptionist and will be prepared, in part, for the AAERT national certification exam to become a Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET).
Windows 7, XP or Vista; 56K modem or higher; Soundcard and Speakers; Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mac OS Users
Mac OS X or higher (in classic mode); 56K modem or higher; Soundcard and Speakers; Apple Safari
iPad – iOS 5.1 (or latest)
We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels.
System will support the two latest releases of each browser. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.
Windows Users: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mac OS Users: Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Suggested Plug-ins: Flash Player, Real Player, Adobe Reader, Java