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Law Office Administration Pathway Certificate

Program Code: 611101

A law office administrator is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who is responsible for law office management, communications process, supervising paralegals, law office billing and law library management. Law office administrators are not authorized to practice law.

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Certificate Completers will be able to

• Describe the role of paralegals in the American legal system.
• Analyze law office procedures required to comply with Wisconsin laws and regulations.
• Utilize legal office applications software for timekeeping, billing, case and legal matter management and office operations management.
• Apply ethical canons and codes associated with the use of legal technology in the law office.
• Maintain a law library providing access to hard copy and electronic resources appropriate for practicing paralegals and attorneys.
• Demonstrate competent use of various legal research tools.
• Describe employment laws impacting legal offices.
• Describe various leadership styles and management principles.

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Law Office Administration Pathway Certificate in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-110-101 PARALEGAL INTRO/LEGAL ETHICS ...introduction to: the legal profession, paralegal roles and career opportunities, the legal system, basic legal concepts/terminology relating to substantive areas of law; survey/introduction to substantive areas of the law; legal ethical standards for lawyers and paralegals.
10-110-174 LAW OFFICE ADMINISTRATION ...law office procedures including law office management, communications process, law office systems, utilizing and supervising paralegals, timekeeping, billing and trust account management; file and records management; introduction to employment law; ethical considerations in law office management. (Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
SECOND SEMESTER
10-101-106 ACCOUNTING-FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS ...teaching non-accountants to read, analyze, and interpret financial information for making informed business decisions. This class de-emphasizes the use of debits, credits, journal entries and other accounting procedures.
10-110-175 LEGAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ...legal applications and ethics relating to: PC hardware, software, and technology used in a law office; legal specialty applications software for docketing/calendaring, timekeeping/billing, and case management; e-filing and the electronic courthouse; presentation/trial graphics.
10-110-165 CONTRACTS AND INSURANCE LAW ...explore contract formation, breach of contract, defenses to contract, parol evidence rule, statue of frauds, and warranties. Examine insurance law including insurable interests, insurer's duty to defend, subrogation, and bad faith claims. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
9
TOTAL CREDITS
15
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