Legal Assistant FAQ
What is a legal assistant and what do they do exactly?
A legal assistant, also known as a paralegal, essentially assists lawyers in their day-to-day tasks, such as helping prepare for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings. Through our paralegal training program, legal assistant students further learn responsibilities in how to help with interviewing clients/witnesses, performing research, maintaining office files, and preparing billing letters and office memorandums, just to name a few.
Do I need special certifications to become a legal assistant?
You need an associate degree to become a legal assistant and to sit for the following National Association of Legal Assistants(NALA) Certifications:
- Certified Legal Assistants (CLA)
- Certified Paralegal (CP)
With a legal assistant associate degree from Ohio Business College, you can market yourself to potential employers and stand out from the competition.
What kinds of skills will I learn as a legal assistant?
For starters, you will develop a much more in-depth understanding for the law and its various components and procedures. You will also learn standard law terminology, legal writing techniques, legal office procedures, law and ethics. As a graduate of our legal assistant associate degree, you will be prepared to find entry-level positions in many law firms as a paralegal or legal assistant.
In what types of organizations can I find work as a legal assistant?
Graduates of our paralegal training program can be found in all types of organizations, but most are employed by law firms, corporate legal departments and various government offices. Within these organizations, legal assistants can find work in many different areas of law, including litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, real estate and many more.