Legal Assistant

One-Year Certificate

Kim Tardie and Lindsay Fowler

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"The online program fit perfectly with my busy work and life schedule." - Kim Tardie, UCC Alum, Paralegal

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Complete this program online.

Experience the convenience and flexibility of studying online with UCC.
Start classes any time. (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
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Paralegal Studies StudentProgram Mission

The Legal Assistant Certificate program prepares students to become ethical and competent in entry-level work by teaching the practical, technological, and communication skills necessary to be successfully employed in the legal community.

Program Description

This program is offered completely online and will require that students work in the legal field to gain on the job training in their chosen career field. Learning of practical skills and responsibilities required in this profession will build each term.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Legal Assistant Certificate will:

  1. Develop various skills and aspects of an entry-level legal assistant
  2. Use current technology to create and edit legal documents
  3. Develop professional and ethical standards required of legal assistants

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Paralegal Studies program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

The legal assistant one-year certificate prepares students for entry-level jobs and future careers in the following areas: law firms, businesses, insurance companies, financial institutions, public agencies, title companies, and government offices.

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Program Entrance Requirements


  • A grade of C or better must be attained in all LA (Legal Assistant) courses or courses must be retaken.
  • If required by placement test results, students will need to take WR 115 to reach the WR 121 requirement.
  • Acceptance into the Paralegal Program will be postponed if placement is below WR 115.
  • A working knowledge of MS Word.


  • Keyboarding speed of 45 WPM or take OA110 or OA124

Please contact the placement testing center as soon as possible so that your entrance into the program can be planned well.

Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Consultation with an adviser is critical to student’s selection of courses.

Students with a criminal record are strongly urged to research employability before entering the paralegal program. If students enter the program with a felony conviction, they should disclose this information to their paralegal advisor and any Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) employer.

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Chair, Associate Professor, Paralegal
Phone: 541-440-4663

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