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Legal Assistant, Career Pathway certificate

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The Legal Assistant, less than one year Career Pathway certificate: 35 credit certificate program, including 29 hours of required courses; and 6 credit hours of elective paralegal courses. Admission into the Career Pathway certificate requires completion of an application timely with term deadlines. Students are admitted in Fall, Winter and Spring terms.

Students must maintain a “C” average in all required courses to complete their certificate.

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As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.

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Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Legal AssistantLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

BA 116Microsoft Word for Workplace Communications4
BA 216AData Analytics with Excel and Tableau4
CIS 120Digital Literacy 4
or CIS 125D Database Application Development I
PL 101Introduction to the U.S. Legal System3
PL 130Legal Software3
PL 203Basic Legal Research3
WR 121Composition I (WR121=WR121Z) Z4
Paralegal Accounting Electives4
Paralegal Program Electives6
Total Credits35

This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. WR 121 and WR 121Z are equivalent.

Paralegals may not practice law and may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Paralegal program students must complete 14 quarter credit hours of synchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction means students must attend a scheduled class meeting time each week. This restriction is not applicable to Legal Assistant students.

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