Learn about Legal Office Professional training at the Harris School!
Do you have an interest in law, but don’t have the time to go through a rigorous and long training program? Entering a legal office technology training program can help fulfill your dreams about becoming a legal professional. As a legal office technologist, your work title will be either a paralegal or a legal assistant; both are interchangeable.
If you’re curious to learn more about legal office technology training, then read ahead for answers to eight frequently asked questions. They may help you decide if it’s the type of career you’re interested in pursuing.
Q #1: What do paralegals do?
A: Paralegals, sometimes called legal assistants or legal technologists, help assist lawyers with legal research, organizing and maintaining files, and drafting legal documents. They gather facts and information about a case before it goes to trial. Paralegals also gather and arrange evidence, and research laws, regulations, and legal articles. They support the legal team by writing or summarizing reports, drafting emails and legal documents, getting affidavits, and scheduling meetings. For trials, paralegals may also help lawyers handle exhibits, briefings, and other legal documents. Paralegals also assist by taking notes, calling witnesses and lawyers, and reviewing court transcripts.
Q #2: What will I learn in Harris’ legal office training program?
A: The legal office technology program is designed to train students in legal terminology, legal office procedures, and legal document preparation. Classes aim to assist students in legal specialty skills and hands-on training with word processing, databases, and file management programs. Additional skills like writing, proofreading, and math problem-solving are featured. Coursework also requires a supervised internship in a legal office setting. You can request more information on the program by contacting our Harris School of Business advisors.
Q #3: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: The legal office technology program at the Harris School of Business may be completed in a relatively short amount of time. If you take day classes, you can complete the program in 37.5 weeks or less than a year. It’s required that you take 59.2 credits to finish the program.
Q #4: Are night classes offered?
A: Yes, night classes are offered for the legal office technology training program. It takes about 75 weeks to complete the evening program. Evening classes are held Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you do your homework, study for exams, and attend classes, you can complete this program in the expected amount of time.
Q #5: How do I apply to the legal office training program?
A: Interested in applying to the legal office training program? We’re here to help you! The Harris School of Business only requires that you have a high school diploma or GED equivalent to enroll. You can even apply online! Applications can be completed during your admissions review process. The Harris School also offers rolling admissions, so you may apply whenever you wish. You could start classes in a relatively short amount of time!
Q #6: Will I find a job?
A: The Harris School of Business wants to help our students as they tackle their job search. We offer a Career Services Department that helps students find job openings. Career advisors may also assist our students with resume writing, interview preparation, and honing their networking skills. We try our best to connect our students with local career opportunities near each campus. We want to help students foster the career skills to make them desirable candidates for their career paths!
Q #7: Is financial aid available?
A: Students are always encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Financial Aid advisors can help instruct you on filling out the online application. If you aren’t eligible for financial aid, then our advisors may be able to direct you toward other forms of financial assistance. If you have any questions or are confused about the process, our advisors can help you out!
Q #8: Where is the Harris School of Business located?
A: The legal office professional training program is offered at the Harris School of Business’s Cherry Hill, NJ campus, just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia. We also offer other career training programs at our locations in Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey we have three other campuses: Hamilton, Linwood, and Voorhees. If you’d like more information on our training programs, contact us today!