CCTP-Legal Secretary Professional Program

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Mentor Supported Self-Study Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
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Our Complete Career Training Programs (CCTP) include both the training you need and the skills you will want in order to be prepared for your new career. We have taken online career programs to a whole new level by bundling our Career Training with Personal Enrichment courses to ensure you have a diversified learning experience.

Our mentor-supported career courses focus on the industry standards that prepare you for your chosen career or certification. You will also get our smaller, four-week long, instructor-led personal enrichment courses to further your employment training.

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Understanding the Law

The US legal system plays an ever-increasing role in our lives. Our Understanding the Law course helps you become engaged in the study of US law by examining how various aspects of law affect individuals.  We use hypothetical and real world examples to illustrate important points of the law and to inspire insight. This course also incorporates extensive coverage of ethical issues, consumer rights, employee rights and family law. Students will discover the fundamental different types of US law, including international and comparative law in order to gain essential knowledge for today's global marketplace. 

Prerequisite(s): None

Legal Assistant (Secretary)

Looking for a challenge? Do you like research and staying organized? Do you enjoy the excitement of a busy office? If so, then you should consider becoming a legal assistant or legal secretary. Legal assistants/secretaries perform clerical duties at law firms and other legal offices. Unlike regular assistants/secretaries, legal assistants require extensive knowledge of legal proceedings and documentation. They may do factual or legal research at all levels of a case and will often organize meetings, appointments and dates for attorneys. Our Legal Assistant/Legal Secretary course will introduce the basic duties of the job and the knowledge necessary to be successful in the field. 

Prerequisite & Recommendation: Student needs to have general secretarial training or experience. We highly recommend that the student also take a course in Understanding the Law to have a very solid background in the legal system. 

Keyboarding Made Easy

Leave hunt-and-peck to the chickens. Effective and efficient keyboarding is more than tapping the correct letter. Our course teaches you to react to letters instead of finding them on the keyboard. This breakthrough guide brims with step-by-step exercises for keyboarding with ease. Develop your digital dexterity with our Keyboarding Basics course. 

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

Become Confident & Assertive

Do you feel like people walk all over you? Do you want to learn to be a more confident, assertive individual? If so, this course is for you. The class will teach you the necessary skills to be decisive and in control of your life.  The course will teach you to improve your relationships, move your career forward, and earn the respect of your friends, family, spouse, co-workers, even your boss.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

Email Etiquette: Netiquette

E-mail is one of the greatest inventions of our lifetime phenomenally affecting the way we communicate. Reading, writing and managing e-mail is taking up an increasing amount of our time. But are we using it right? This course helps you learn the best way to create and use e-mail. Be it a thank you note, a meeting reminder, a proposal or a sales pitch, a well-written message that looks and sounds professional will make it easier for people to want to do business with you. It will help people feel good about communicating with you and help you achieve the right results. 

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

** Course Subject to Change.

Understanding the Law

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the concepts involved in US law
  • Recall basic classifications of the state and federal court system
  • Define administrative law classifications
  • Differentiate between the elements of torts and contracts
  • Identify how the law relates to consumer rights

Legal Assistant (Secretary)

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Define the job description of a legal assistant/secretary
  • Identify correct billing, accounting and written communication methods
  • Recognize types of contracts and torts and how to prepare legal documents
  • List the basics of business partnerships, family law and litigation
  • Recall the principles of estate planning and guardianship


Keyboarding Made Easy

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List ways to become familiar with the keyboard layout
  • Identify correct techniques for keyboarding and ways to improve skills
  • Recognize different styles of text
  • Recall how to keyboard for personal and business writing

Become Confident & Assertive

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall how to balance personal and professional life
  • Recognize how to be more assertive in your home and personal life
  • List ways to get more out of your professional life
  • Identify techniques for being an effective leader and parent 

Email Etiquette: Netiquette

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the basics of using e-mail
  • Define e-mail etiquette
  • Recall proper planning and structuring techniques for e-mail
  • Recognize safe and unsafe e-mailing techniques, including security issues and viruses

Understanding the Law

Understanding the Law Module 1
Introduction to the Law

  • The English Source of U.S. Law
  • Modern Sources of U.S. Law
  • Types & Classifications of Law
  • The Relationship Between Law & Ethics
  • Using Court Cases
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Separation of Powers
  • The National Government
  • What is Federalism?
  • The Police Power
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Freedom of Speech & Religion
  • Unreasonable Searches
  • Due Process of Law
  • Affirmative Action
  • The Right to Privacy

Understanding the Law Module 2
The Court System & The Attorney

  • What is Trial Court?
  • Appellate Court
  • Understanding Jurisdiction
  • The State Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • Trial Proceedings
  • The Adversarial System
  • Attorneys-at-Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Hire & Fire an Attorney
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Understanding the Law Module 3
Administrative Law & Crimes

  • What is Administrative Law?
  • History of U.S. Administrative Law
  • Administrative Agencies
  • Areas of Administrative Law
  • Agency Power, Process, & Action
  • Limits of Agency Power
  • What is a Crime?
  • Parties to a Crime
  • Corpus Delicti
  • Felony, Misdemeanor, or Infraction
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Crimes Against Property
  • Defenses to Crimes
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Procedures in a Criminal Trial
  • Parole, Probation, & Clemency

Understanding the Law Module 4
Torts & Contracts

  • What are Torts?
  • Torts by Intentional Conduct
  • Torts by Negligent Behavior
  • Strict Liability Torts
  • Damages & the Collection of Damages
  • Contracts: Enforceable Agreements
  • How are Contracts Classified?
  • Requisites of a Valid Contract
  • Third Parties in Contracts
  • Discharged Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Individual Consumer Contracts
  • Warranty Protection

Understanding the Law Module 5
Application of Law to the Individual

  • Family Law
  • Marriage Laws
  • Legal Consequences of Marriage
  • Laws Governing Parenthood
  • Protection of Minors
  • Termination of Marriage
  • Family Law Contracts
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Owning a Motor Vehicle
  • Driving a Motor Vehicle
  • Purchasing Automobile Insurance
  • Acquiring Ownership of Personal Property
  • Will or Inheritance
  • Mislaid, Lost, & Abandoned Property

Understanding the Law Module 6
Renters, Landlords & Employee Rights

  • Types of Leases
  • Landlord-Tenant Relationship
  • Legal Remedies for Landlords
  • Legal Remedies for Tenants
  • Employee Rights
  • Worker Laws
  • Legal Classification of Employees
  • Discrimination Laws
  • Employee Duties
  • Benefits for Employees
  • Rights Regarding Unions

Understanding the Law Module 7
Consumer Rights, Family Law and Wills

  • Consumer Rights and Protection
  • Consumer Privacy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Federal Government Involvement in Family Law
  • What is Marriage?
  • Legal Consequences of Marriage
  • Laws Govern Parenthood
  • Divorce
  • Family Laws and Contracts
  • What is Estate Planning?
  • Tax Burdens Reduced or Avoided
  • Matters Concerning Wills
  • Matters Concerning Probate
  • Living Wills & Advance Directives 

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Legal Assistant (Secretary)

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 1
The Law Office

  • The Lawyer’s Assistant
  • The Career of a Lawyer’s Assistant
  • NALS Certification
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Client-Lawyer Relationship
  • Law Firms and Associations
  • Public Service
  • Maintaining Integrity
  • Office Organization
  • Interoffice Relationships
  • Client Relations
  • Public Relations

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 2
Computers, Billing and Basic Accounting Procedures

  • Computers in the Law Office
  • Operating Systems
  • Document Management
  • Understanding Billing
  • Debits and Credits
  • Time Entries
  • Cost Entries
  • Handling the Firm’s Checking Account
  • Payroll
  • Computing Interest

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 3
Written Communication

  • The Basics of English Grammar
  • Review of Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Abbreviations
  • Number Usage
  • Word Division
  • Writing Letters, Memos, and Messages
  • Parts of a Business Letter
  • Forms of Address

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 4
Legal Documents, Law Library and The Courts

  • Preparing Legal Documents
  • Legal Citations
  • Legal Research
  • Hierarchy of Legal Authority
  • Legal Texts
  • History of the Law
  • The American Judicial System
  • Dual System of Courts
  • Terminology of the Court
  • Court Officers

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 5
Administrative Agencies and Litigation

  • Federal and State Agencies
  • Opening the Litigation File
  • Before the Suit is Filed
  • Pleadings
  • Request for Jury Trial
  • Mediations
  • Stipulations
  • Trial Notebooks
  • Settlement
  • Appeals 
  • Billing

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 6
Contracts, Torts and Criminal Law Procedures

  • The Statute of Frauds
  • Types of Contracts
  • Discharge of Contracts
  • Kinds of Torts
  • Initial Client Interview
  • Sources of Criminal Law
  • Classes of Crime
  • Misdemeanor Cases
  • Felony Cases
  • Post-trial Proceedings

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 7
Family Law and Business Organizations

  • Influence of Uniform Acts
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Procedures of Termination of Marriage
  • Uncontested Proceedings
  • Corporations
  • Corporate Structure and Operation
  • Incorporation Process
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Company

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 8
Real Estate and Estate Planning

  • History of Real Estate Law
  • Evidence of Title to Real Estate
  • Instruments of Conveyance
  • The Real Estate Transaction
  • Preparation of Deeds
  • Terminology in Estate Planning
  • Characteristics of a Will
  • Types of Wills
  • Preparation of Wills

Legal Secretary / Legal Assistant Module 9
Guardianships and Bankruptcy 

  • The Uniform Probate Code
  • Functions of Estate Administration
  • Identification of Assets
  • Personal Representative
  • Probate Procedures
  • The Bankruptcy Code
  • Bankruptcy Courts and Jurisdiction
  • Filing a Bankruptcy
  • The Debtor’s Estate
  • Discharge of Debts

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Keyboarding Made Easy

Keyboarding Made Easy Module 1
Basic Keyboard Positions

In module one, we will begin with becoming familiar with the keyboard layout.  We will explore letters JFKD, the Space Bar, the Enter key, letters HGIE, letters LSA and Semicolon, letters URYT, and letters NVBMC.  Also included in module one is proper hand positioning.

  • Preparing to Keyboard
  • Learning the Keyboard
  • Naming Your Fingers
  • Home Row
  • Position of Hands

Keyboarding Made Easy Module 2
Special Characters and Letter Combinations

Module two looks at corrective and improvement techniques in keyboarding.  Also included is using special character keys and keying letter combinations.

  • Using the Shift Keys
  • Corrective and Improvement Techniques
  • Calculating Errors 
  • Keying Letter Combinations
  • AutoBlend Prefixes

Keyboarding Made Easy Module 3
Alignment and Calculations

After looking at aligning text and proper positioning using tabs, module three will take us through different styles of text.  Also included in module three is the number row and special characters included on the number keys.  Once you are familiar with the keys, we can start working on our words per minute!

  • Text Alignment
  • Positioning Text Using Tabs
  • Using Text Styles
  • AutoBlend Suffixes
  • Calculating WPM

Keyboarding Made Easy Module 4
Putting the Strokes Together

After becoming familiar with the numeric keypad, module four will discuss how to write and format personal and business letters.  Also included in this module is using electronic communication and creating newsletters. 

  • Using the Numeric Keypad
  • Writing and Formatting a Personal Letter
  • Writing and Formatting a Business Letter
  • Fax Cover Sheets
  • Creating a Newsletter

Become Confident & Assertive

Become Confident & Assertive Module 1
How Do You See Yourself?

Module 1 will focus on the workplace and how to balance the personal and professional lives.  We will also identify how individuals see themselves and discuss tools for turning the tables at work to be heard with respect.

  • What do Employees Want?
  • Unleashing Productivity
  • Turning on Talent
  • Balancing Work and Life
  • Embracing Diversity

Become Confident & Assertive Module 2
How Do Others See You?

Module 2 focuses on how you are seen by others and being more assertive in your home and personal lives. We will focus on communication skills, body language, and how to be a more assertive parent.

  • Body Language
  • Walk the Walk
  • Talk the Talk
  • Parenting Children
  • Reversing Roles

Become Confident & Assertive Module 3
Making it Work

Module 3 focuses on getting more out of your professional life by being assertive and dealing with difficult coworkers. This module will give tips and tools for dealing with situations at work that seem impossible for some individuals such as being bullied at work, asking for a raise, and learning to communicate with supervisors with assertiveness and authority.

  • Difficult Co-workers
  • Asking For a Raise
  • Assertive Buying
  • Communicating Assertively
  • Communicating with Authority

Become Confident & Assertive Module 4
Raising Assertive Children

Raising children to be assertive is not easy; there is a fine line between aggressive and assertive. This module looks at how to raise assertive children. Finally we will learn how to make the transition to becoming more assertive and also dispelling myths about assertive behavior.

  • Myths About Assertive Behavior
  • Measuring Your Success
  • Making the Transition
  • Assertive Children
  • The Line Between Assertiveness and Aggression

Email Etiquette: Netiquette

E-Mail Etiquette: Netiquette Module 1
Introduction to E-mail

Module one will look at one of the possibly greatest inventions of our lifetime. E-mail takes an increasingly amount of our time and in module one, we will look at how to maximize our time.  Also included in this module is a discussion on the seven deadly sins of e-mail and how to avoid them. 

  • The Impact of e-Mail on Business
  • International Considerations
  • Seven Deadly Sins of e-Mail
  • Top 10 Complaints about e-Mail in Practice
  • Maximizing the Potential of e-Mail

E-Mail Etiquette: Netiquette Module 2
E-mail Etiquette

Module two will examine how to create well written emails, to include the subject line, the message itself, and the signature block.  Also included in module two is organization basics.  Just as with any filing system, your emails should be organized into folders and mail should be processed in a proficient method that works best for you.  In module two we will look at tips to use to best manage your e-mail.

  • Processing Mail
  • Using Folders
  • Looking Good Online
  • SMART Subject Lines
  • Ending Your Message & Signatures

E-Mail Etiquette: Netiquette Module 3
Relationships Through e-Mail

Building relationships through email may seem difficult, but module three will provide you with tips that will guide you to writing great e-mails. E-mails that are not so routine need more thought and careful planning.  Module three will look at how to use the simple Four Point Plan for proper e-mail structuring.  Also included in this module is how to establish long lasting bonds and how to develop rapport with others through this mode of communication.

  • Writing Great e-Mails
  • The Four Point Plan in Practice
  • Using e-Mail to Build Relationships
  • E-Mail Can Affect Careers
  • Star Tips for Creating Bonds and Developing Rapport

E-mail Etiquette: Netiquette Module 4
Nurturing Your e-Mail Netiquette

Who you are writing to depends on whether or not you should follow grammar rules.  Module four will examine proper use of grammar in your e-mail and help you spruce up your skills.  Also included in module four is the overall function of spam filters and basic security and virus issues you may encounter with your e-mails and what you can do to protect your messages.

  • Spruce Up Your Cyber-Grammar Skills
  • Spam Filters, Mail Bombing, Snooping and Harassment
  • Security Issues
  • Protecting Your Messages
  • Computer Viruses

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Understanding the Law

Upon successful completion of our Understanding the Law course, students will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) certification exam to become a Certified Paralegal (CP). MUST fulfill additional requirements per NALA to sit for the exam.

Legal Assistant (Secretary)

Upon successful completion of our Legal Secretary course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Legal Secretary in a Law office setting and will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NALS national certification exam to become an Accredited Legal Professional (ALP). This exam also requires that you have one year of general office experience. Each state has specific requirements, we highly recommend you check with your state.

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player