The legal landscape is evolving, marked by increasing complexity, client demands, and technological advancements. Law firms require professionals who not only possess legal expertise but also demonstrate proficiency in management and administration. This Continuing Education Certificate Program in Legal Administration is designed to meet this need by providing a course that blends legal principles with essential management and leadership skills. The certificate is particularly relevant given the rising expectations for law firms to operate efficiently, adapt to technological advancements, and navigate the intricacies of client relations. Legal professionals, whether starting out or with years of experience, are seeking avenues to enhance their management capabilities to thrive in this changing environment.
The target audience for a Legal Administration certificate encompasses a diverse group of professionals within the legal field and may include: Paralegals/Legal Assistants, Aspiring Law Firm Administrators, Mid-level Legal Professionals, and Legal Office Managers.
Paralegals/Legal Assistants: Paralegals play a crucial role in law firms, providing support to attorneys and managing various legal tasks. Often, paralegals are tasked with also running the law office. Enhancing their skills in law firm administration can empower them to take on additional responsibilities related to office management, client relations, and project coordination. They would be able to contribute more effectively to the overall management of the law firm. In addition, students registered for the certificate may also decide to pursue a degree in Legal Studies and the courses within the certificate offering would allow for seamless transfer into the associate or bachelor’s degree in legal studies at Berkeley College.
Aspiring Law Firm Administrators: Individuals wishing to take on management roles within law firms may benefit from this certificate. This includes those with a legal background seeking to transition into administrative roles and individuals with a general management background looking to specialize in the legal industry.
Mid-level Legal Professionals: Mid-level legal professionals, such as legal secretaries, office managers, and junior associates, can enhance their management skills through this program. It prepares them for increased responsibilities and leadership roles within law firms.
Legal Office Managers: Professionals currently in legal office management roles can benefit from the certificate program to attain promotional opportunities or a salary increase within their law firm.
Credits may be applied toward an A.A.S. or B.S. in Legal Studies.
The Legal Administration Certificate consists of 18 credits taken over three semesters.
- MGT2220 Principles of Management (7-week | 3 Credits)
- MGT3100 Project Management-An Introduction (7-week | 3 Credits)
- LAW1100 Introduction to Law (7-week | 3 Credits)
- LAW2230 Civil Litigation (7-week | 3 Credits)
- LAW2260 Law Firm Communication and Technology (7-week | 3 Credits)
- LAW3340 Law Firm Management and Administration (7-week | 3 Credits)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.