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Legal Secretary Training

This intensive program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. Students will study such topics as: legal terminology; legal process; jurisdiction and venue; ethics; written communications including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions; filing procedures, billing and accounting; time management; records management; an overview of commonly used word and data processing programs; legal research; memoranda preparation, and citation format.

Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Stony Brook University.

Course Curriculum

Session One: During this first session students will receive an introduction to the theory of law, the legal process, and the nature of the practice of law. Discussion will include the process of law as well as the specific legal terminology. Ethics are also covered.

Session Two: This session addresses the particulars of law office management. Also, this session studies technology in the law office. Students will be exposed to actual court documents and will prepare some of these documents as part of their homework.

Session Three: The final session will be spent examining the intricacies of the law office, including office procedure manuals, billing techniques, and overall management techniques of the law office. Students will also be introduced to the basics of legal research and proper citation format. Job search strategies and placement possibilities will also be discussed.


Textbooks must be purchased separately and may be purchased from The Center for Legal Studies by Barbri. The cost for textbooks is in addition to the fee for the course and can be obtained on the course website.

Required Textbooks

Legal Secretary Handbook,  most recent edition
Author: Scott A. Hatch, J.D., and Lisa Zimmer Hatch, M.A.
Publisher: The Center for Legal Studies

Uniform System of Citation, most recent edition
Publisher: Harvard Law Review

Recommended Materials
Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition, ISBN: 978-1-4180-8091-4

Westlaw access (online legal research), $75 for the duration of the class.

Course materials are available from The Center for Legal Studies by Barbri Bookstore. Please call 1-800-522-7737 to obtain book titles, pricing, and shipping information or visit the Center for Legal Studies by Barbri website. Books ordered from The Center for Legal Studies by Barbri during the week immediately prior to the beginning of class may incur an additional FedEx fee.

The course fee does not include the price of the textbooks or recommended materials.

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This course will be taught by experienced legal professionals including renowned Legal Nurse Consultant, Jennifer Graham, RN.

The program is coordinated by our educational partner, The Center for Legal Studies, which has been offering paralegal programs nationally since 1980. Its courses are currently offered at over 600 universities and colleges across the U.S.

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Course Fee 

The course fee is $995, plus a $10 registration fee. The course fee does not include the textbooks or Westlaw access.

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Online Schedule

New sessions begin every 8 weeks.

2021  Session 1:   January 11 - February 6, 2021 
2021  Session 2:  March 8 - April 23, 2021

2021 Session 3:  May 3 - June 18, 2021
2021 Session   4:  June 28 - August 13, 2021

2021 Session  5:  August 24 - October 8, 2021
2021 Session  6:  October 18 - December 3, 2021



If you would like additional information on the this program, please contact the Center for Legal Studies at 1.800.522.7737 or visit their website.

Refund Policy for Live Lecture Courses: We understand that your schedule may change at the last minute and prevent you from attending this course. If you must cancel your registration, please call us at least one week in advance of the program and we will issue you a refund. No refunds will be given after the first class meeting.

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