The Legal Assistant program is designed to introduce students to legal assistant training, law application and the legal environment, while also examining business, family, and employment law. In addition, courses include the study of business ethics, estate administration, trial preparation, and office administration. Students receive instruction from industry experienced instructors in each course at the Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis.

The Court Reporting Institute St. Louis’ Legal Assisting diploma program will prepare graduates to work in entry-level positions as a legal assistants under the supervision of attorneys engaged in private practices or corporate legal departments. This training will provide students with fundamental skills in keyboarding, legal research, corporate law, and will build an understanding of trial preparation and procedure.

This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical operations and functions as they apply to the technical workplace. The course starts with a review of numbers, their systems, forms, and operations. It then introduces basic algebraic concepts including solving systems of one and two variables, simplifying equations, and practical applications of basic technical formulas. Also included are basic geometric forms and relationships. The course’s emphasis is on providing students with a practical and useful working knowledge of these concepts for use in the rest of their program as well as on the job.

This course is designed to introduce basic concepts and issues in microeconomics with an emphasis on analyzing and applying economic principles to real-world problems. It enables students to apply economics to their daily lives. Topics to be studied in depth include supply and demand analysis, price-setting, profit, firm behavior, labor market, and consumer choice.

This course is designed as a study of ethical practices and principles and its relationship to personal and social morality. Emphasis is placed on the application of ethical theories to problems faced in business and society.

This course is designed to meet the writing needs of a wide variety of students in the following ways: 1) Prepares students who will continue in college to write acceptable college-level expository essays, 2) provides career students with a strong base for technical and business writing, 3) familiarizes all students with the kinds of writing skills that will be valuable in their everyday experience, and 4) provides students with some awareness of the way language functions and affects their lives. To help reach these goals, the course will focus on the elements of clear writing, well-organized expository essays, the necessary critical thinking that must always precede expository writing, analytical reading, and, when necessary, a review of the principles of grammar.

Students will learn why computers and application software are studied, what a computer is, what a computer does, and how a computer knows what to do. This course is also designed to give working adults the knowledge and skills needed to be effective employees and members in organizations.

This course will provide the student with an overview of the structure of the justice system. The topics covered will include: History of the legal system, working structure of the government, issues of court procedure and different legal concepts.

This course provides an introduction to legal words, definitions, pronunciation and usage. Students will learn the history and development of the Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes of legal terms.

This course provides the student with skills needed to develop required keyboarding speed and accuracy for entry level legal profession positions. The student must type 45 words per minute minimum, with 100% accuracy, in order to successfully complete this course.

This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the law relating to marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship, paternity, support, and prenuptial and settlement agreements. Students will draft documents related to the areas of family legal issues.

This course will provide students with the substantive criminal law defining common law, statutory crimes and punishments, classification, state law defining crimes, principles of liability and the limitations of such liability by specific defenses, and basic criminal procedure concepts. It will also provide an analysis of civil procedure, instruction in preparation of documentation in lawsuits covering pre-and post-trial matters, and jurisdictional, evidentiary and admissibility problems.

This course provides a study of the basic principles of the laws surrounding hiring and workers’ compensation, hiring paperwork (including eligibility, compensation, medical treatment, payments, death benefits, settlement, vocational rehabilitation), and the preparation of documents from the applicant and defense positions will be a focus.

This course provides students the opportunity to understand law office operations and theories of management, timekeeping and billing, law office equipment, budgeting, preparation of forms and checklists, docket control, personnel issues and time management.

This course will provide students with the tools to create professional legal presentations. They will enhance all of their computer concepts and skills and will create multidimensional presentations using a variety of tools from the Internet, PowerPoint and Publisher. Students will also develop skills in creating and analyzing spreadsheets and databases.

This course introduces the Legal Research Process to students. It will provide an overview of case analysis and methodology, research and interpretation of statutory and administrative regulations, research procedures in primary, secondary and non-legal sources, interpreting, use, and proper preparation of legal citations, methods of tracing legal issues chronologically, and practice in preparing case briefings.

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Program Timeframe

Program Length: 48 weeks
36.5 Quarter Credit Hours of Court Reporting theory & associated lab work
19.5 Quarter Credit Hours of General Education
56 Total Qtr. Credit Hrs.

*Actual timeframe dependent on student performance & course availability.