Administrative Legal Professional - AAS

Learn the finer aspects of our legal system so you can land a job in a law office.

SCC’s Administrative Professional programs are designed to prepare students for employment in various office positions. Students in the Administrative Professional program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

An extra-curricular activity for students in the Administrative Professional program is the Business Professionals of America. This organization provides students with leadership training, field trips, and competitive opportunities with other clubs throughout the state and nation. 

SCC’s Administrative Professional program prepares students to provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. 

Administrative Legal Professional 
The Administrative Legal Professional option is designed to prepare students for employment in various legal office positions. Students pursuing the Administrative Legal Professional Degree in the Administrative Professional program will earn an Associate of Applied Science. 

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please see the program handbook. View The Program Handbook

West Burlington campus and/or online (Keokuk campus offers select courses)

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
ADM-117 KEYBOARDING AND DOCUMENT PRODUCTION 3
ADM-198 LEGAL TERMINOLOGY 2
ADM-204 LEGAL OFFICE PROCEDURES 3
CRJ-100 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CSC-110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS 3
ENG-131 BUSINESS ENGLISH 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ADM-120 ADVANCED DOCUMENT PRODUCTION 3
ADM-171 RECORDS MANAGEMENT 2
BUS-121 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 3
PRL-284 LEGAL ETHICS 2
Take 1 of these courses:
BIO-105 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY 4
MAT-110 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
MAT-772 APPLIED MATH (ONLINE ONLY) 3
PHS-151 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY 3
PHS-165 INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY 3
PHS-185 INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE 3
Take 1 of these courses:
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
TOTAL 16-17
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ADM-133 BUSINESS MATH AND CALCULATORS 3
ADM-149 TRANSCRIPTION 3
ADM-230 INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS 3
LGL-173 LEGAL ASSISTANT LITIGATION 3
SMM-108 SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT 3
Take 1 of these courses:
SPC-101 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 18
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
ADM-186 LEGAL DOCUMENTS 2
ADM-235 ADVANCED INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS 3
BUS-290 EMPLOYMENT SEARCH/WORKPLACE SUCCESS 1
BUS-932 BUSINESS INTERNSHIP 4
LGL-280 LEGAL CASE STUDIES 3
TOTAL 13

ADM-117 - KEYBOARDING AND DOCUMENT PRODUCTION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A fundamental course in developing keyboarding skills for business and personal use. Students use Microsoft Word to learn proper formatting of office letters and memos, business and academic reports, tables, newsletters, flyers and graphics. Proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building are emphasized.

ADM-198 - LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course is a study of the basic terminology used in a legal office. Emphasis will be placed on legal terminology definitions and on a study of court cases that pertain to the topics being covered.

ADM-204 - LEGAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is an introduction to the career of  Administrative Legal Professional based on the Basic Manual for the Lawyer's Assistant written by NALS, the association for legal professionals. Students consider career paths, study the court system, review communication skills, learn how to keep the law library current, and review ethical guidelines for legal office workers.

CRJ-100 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introductory course in criminal justice designed to provide a philosophical and historical account of American criminal justice with emphasis on constitutional limitation.

CSC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection, and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside class is required to complete projects.

ENG-131 - BUSINESS ENGLISH

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of written communication with focus on the elements of effectively written business documents. The emphasis is on the development of writing skills through a) exercises in grammar, mechanics, usage, and spelling and b) application of these skills in a variety of written business documents. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement. No waivers.

ADM-120 - ADVANCED DOCUMENT PRODUCTION

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Students use Microsoft Word to create office documents and apply advanced formatting and production techniques including mail merge, header/footer manipulation, report generation and custom formatting. Standard formats of advanced tables, agendas, minutes, itineraries, news releases, resumes and medical and legal documents are learned, and online collaboration is introduced. This class continues to emphasize proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building.  Prerequisite: ADM-117.

ADM-171 - RECORDS MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to familiarize students with alphabetic, numeric, geographic and subject filing systems. Both manual and electronic systems will be utilized. Prerequisite: ADM-117 or CSC-110.

BUS-121 - BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Designed to help the student develop effective communication techniques necessary for general business messages. The course emphasizes application of these techniques through the composition and keyboarding of letters, memos, reports and some oral presentations. Prerequisite: the ability to keyboard class assignments in mailable form.

PRL-284 - LEGAL ETHICS

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course covers legal ethics with an emphasis on how the rules affect legal administrative assistants. Students learn about the regulation of the legal profession, including the rules of conduct that govern both attorneys and legal administrative assistants. Topics include the meaning and importance of the unauthorized practice of law, the attorney-client privilege and its related work product doctrine, confidentiality, the rules governing conflicts of interest, and other topics relative to ethics in law. Prerequisites or Corequisites: ADM-198 Legal Terminology, ADM-204 Legal Office Procedures.

BIO-105 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

Introductory Biology is a lecture and lab course designed for non-science majors or as a refresher course of those wishing to take higher-level biology courses. Topics include chemistry of life, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, evolution, plant, animal, and fungi classification, and ecology.

MAT-110 - MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Math for Liberal Arts is a survey course for students who have little background in mathematics. Topics include survey of sets, numbers, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. This course is not intended for Mathematics and Science majors. Prerequisites: Meets minimum placement testing requirements.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

MAT-772 - APPLIED MATH (ONLINE ONLY)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the mathematics necessary to function within technical careers and to become a more aware consumer. Topics include: review of arithmetic operations; measurement; metric system; fundamentals of geometry; introductory statistics and probability; graphs; and elementary algebra concepts with emphasis on applications.

PHS-151 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A survey of astronomy including historical considerations, the solar system, the universe and special topics. Topics may include the laws, the methods, and current research. Each planet will be studied as well as major stars and galaxies. Special topics include: cosmology, cosmogony, nova, pulsars, quasars, relativity, space travel, black holes, and other space mysteries. Lab to include: experiments, observations, slides and movies.

PHS-165 - INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduction to atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Includes physical elements and process of weather, climatic types and regions, forecasting and associated activity.

PHS-185 - INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to geologic processes that have generated and continue to alter the surface of the earth. Covers: major types of rocks and the rock cycle; rock deformation, weathering, transport and deposition by fluid agents; plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, orogeny; absolute and relative time and the geologic column. Includes segment on the history of geology.

PSY-102 - HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a course that includes the understanding of the applications of psychological principles, theory, and research related to the work setting.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

ADM-133 - BUSINESS MATH AND CALCULATORS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course will focus on the use of 10-key calculators to review arithmetic fundamentals and solve common business problems, including banking, payroll, weights and measurements, percentage, commissions, discounts, mark-ups, interest, borrowing by business, consumer credit, sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes, and insurance. Prerequisite:  Meet minimum test score requirements.

ADM-149 - TRANSCRIPTION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Designed for students in the Administrative Professional program to develop skills in transcribing various business documents. Prerequisites: ADM-120 and ENG-131.

ADM-230 - INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course is designed to enhance and reinforce software skills through project-based activities by extensive use of integrating applications. Students complete projects that represent what is required in an actual business environment. This class will develop teamwork, creativity, decision making and critical thinking skills as will be experienced in the office setting. Software used includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and the Internet. Continued emphasis on proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building. Prerequisites: ADM-120.

LGL-173 - LEGAL ASSISTANT LITIGATION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course prepares legal administrative assistant students to aid an attorney in litigation procedures. Students receive instruction regarding the detail necessary for trial preparation from the instant the dispute requires the services of an attorney.

SMM-108 - SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course explores the history of social networks and introduces students to social media for organizations. It provides students opportunities to implement the use of social media tools as part of a marketing strategy and work with social media analytic tools.

SPC-101 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Explores communication in a variety of contexts including interpersonal relationships, the workplace, small groups, and public speaking. Emphasis on the application and practice of communication theories and skills, particularly public speaking.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

ADM-186 - LEGAL DOCUMENTS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

A specialized course in which legal documents are studied. Emphasis is on creating and completing legal documents electronically. Transcription skills are refined with a concentration on legal documents. Legal terminology is applied throughout the course. Prerequisites: ADM-120, ADM-149.

ADM-235 - ADVANCED INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 3

Credit: 3

An advanced course to integrate mastery level skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, the Internet and voice recognition software. Students work in an office-style environment requiring self-discipline and resourcefulness to manage communications, create effective presentations, solve business problems, make financial decisions, manage data, conduct business research and manage schedules. Continued emphasis on proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building. Prerequisites: ADM-230

BUS-290 - EMPLOYMENT SEARCH/WORKPLACE SUCCESS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

A discussion of field experience problems and study of new occupational information will be presented. An internship paper covering the experience will be submitted. Corequisite: BUS-932.

BUS-932 - BUSINESS INTERNSHIP

OJT: 14

Credit: 4

The Administrative Professional degree options offer, at certain stages of their curriculum, cooperative programs in which students may gain practical business experience. When the student has reached a predetermined level of proficiency, each student is placed at a training station for a predetermined number of contact hours where practical experience can supplement the classroom skill building. Placement will depend on student’s skill level and the availability of appropriate training firms.  Corequisite:  BUS-290.

LGL-280 - LEGAL CASE STUDIES

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Designed to lead students through real and simulated court cases from beginning to end. Students will follow and research trials such as those involving criminal activity, family law, estate law, probate, and bankruptcy. Students will learn the steps and timing for creating and filing corresponding court documents relevant to each case. Research, ethics, confidentiality, deadlines, and accuracy will be emphasized. Prerequisite: LGL-173 Legal Assistant Litigation.

Trisha Hopper - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5212

Email: thopper@scciowa.edu
AA, Carl Sandburg College
BA, Western Illinois University

Carla Pilkington - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5293

Email: cpilkington@scciowa.edu
Diploma & AA, Southeastern
BA, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
Additional study: UNI, Cedar Falls, IA

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