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Educational Programs

Legal Administrative Assistant


Program description

Join the fast-paced world of the legal industry through MCTC’s Legal Administrative Assistant program. You’ll get excellent training in a unique program that is part of a partnership with the 12 largest Downtown Minneapolis law firms. An exciting career awaits you after you complete this hands-on program that gives you an edge-up in landing jobs.

Program start and location

You may start the program in the fall or spring semesters. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate—30 credits

What you will learn

  • You will learn the administrative skills and proficiencies required to work in law offices, corporate legal departments, government agencies, legal aid offices and courts.
  • You will learn how to process legal documents, use legal terminology and documentation, apply legal software, execute law office procedures, keep records and manage billings.
  • You will develop a working knowledge of the Minnesota legal system’s policies and regulations and professional standards and ethics.

Points of pride

  • This program is the result of a unique partnership with the 12 largest law firms in downtown Minneapolis. Representatives of these law offices helped create the curriculum for this program and frequently recruit graduates for open positions.
  • You will have access to internship opportunities and learn how to prepare your resumes, construct your career portfolios and implement job search techniques.
  • Equipped with sought-after administrative skills, you will be prepared to work for a broad range of employers and organizations.
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  • Most courses are offered during the day and at night and are taught in classrooms and online, providing you with convenient scheduling options.
  • A council of industry representatives guides the program. You will gain valuable real-world experience during internships.
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Where you could work

  • Private legal offices and firms
  • Government offices
  • Court systems
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  • Administrative agencies
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Real-estate offices
  • Legal transcription services
  • General offices
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Potential job titles

  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Office Coordinator
  • Office Specialist
  • Receptionist

Occupational outlook

The expected growth in the population should create more jobs for legal office specialists, according to More people and more businesses will create a need for more legal services. The high-quality training you’ll receive at MCTC will aid you in landing jobs.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

MCTC helps you land valuable internships with a number of law offices located in the Twin Cities.


This program is part of the Academy of Business and Service. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements, Common Course Outlines and Gainful Employment Information

Please contact the program dean for information about articulation agreements.

Click here for Common Course Outline information.

Click here for Gainful Employment information for the Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate.

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