Legal assistants help lawyers, judges, and other in the court system create briefs, conduct research, and prepare for upcoming cases. Legal assistants also help with the storage and retrieval of old cases and other documents. Students who are interested in becoming a legal assistant or paralegal will be able to learn much from this degree program. Skills this program will teach include internet and library searches, legal writing, and managing filing systems.
Students will have the opportunity to work for various law firms, federal and local court systems, and legal consulting firms. Courses students will need to complete include legal research, legal writing, court procedures, interviewing, and database management. Legal assistants perform a number of tasks including reviewing testimony, drafting briefs, delivering documents to court, and interviewing witnesses and others. Legal assistants should also possess adequate computer skills in order to conduct research.