Legal Assistant Studies

About Legal Assistant Studies

Legal assistants play a crucial role in the United States legal system, assisting attorneys with research, document preparation and other important matters and working in a number of other capacities in courts, law offices and other legal-related fields. Legal assistant studies majors at Valdosta State University become well versed in the fundamental constitutional context of the American legal system and are prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to law school. 

Legal Assistant Studies at Valdosta State University

Students in the legal assistant studies program complete formal coursework in the discipline and other required core courses that lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Legal assistant studies majors are required to declare a formal minor in a related field to complement their degree and to complete an internship within the legal profession. Students in the program enjoy one-on-one interaction with faculty and small classes. Legal assistant studies students may further enhance their classroom experience by joining Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, a professional law fraternity that advances integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

 Minor

  • Legal studies
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About the Legal Assistant Studies Curriculum

B.A.

The legal assistant studies curriculum at Valdosta State prepares students to conduct legal research, apply research in a variety of settings within the legal system, and understand and act upon ethical dilemmas. Students gain a thorough understanding of the American legal system and complement their studies with a related minor. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the national certification test for legal assistants and are prepared for careers in the field or for further study in law school.

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Minor

The legal assistant studies minor is a good choice for students considering a career in criminal justice or related fields and for those in more theoretical majors such as philosophy or English who want a background in law. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Careers*

  • Clerk of court
  • Court administrator
  • Law office manager
  • Lawyer
  • Legal assistant
  • Legal associate
  • Legal document specialist
  • Legal support staff
  • Paralegal
  • Real estate assistant
  • Title abstractor
  • Title examiner

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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