What Will I Learn in Business Administration?

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Working in law presents many challenges and being educated is key. This applies to all positions in the field, from a lawyer to a legal assistant. A particular bachelor’s degree is not required to be an assistant but completing a certification will certainly build up on existing skills and teach students what is required in terms of law and practice.

Prerequisites – or not

Certificates do not have higher education requirements. So long as the applicant has completed Year 10 or has some vocational work experience, they are eligible to apply and undertake the course of their choosing.

Certificate III in Business Admin (Legal). What is it?

This certificate is a useful tool for students interested getting into law during their high school education or people who are returning to the workforce. A Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) gives students a foundation for when they start work in a legal firm. Study can be done by extension and work experience, usually one day a week, is optional.

Isn’t being an assistant just filing papers?

Not necessarily. Lawyers and assistants do a lot of the same work, but the lawyer is qualified to actually appear in court and represent clients. The assistant does the work a lawyer may not have time for, such as preparing exhibits for evidence, maintain relations with witnesses, file appropriate legal paperwork and so on. Compliance frameworks, communication strategies and research skills are covered as “fundamentals” in the coursework.
The certificate covers the basics of what it means to be a legal assistant. While a lot of paperwork is involved in the job, it is not like any other administrative role. Legal documents have to be created around certain guidelines and procedures must be followed when filing reports and affidavits.

MEET MELISSA…

Melissa-MahoneyHaving worked in the recruitment industry since 1997 and launching Melissa Mahoney Recruitment in 2004, Melissa identified a need for dedicated training within the legal industry. Melissa Mahoney Legal College was established as a Registered Training Organisation in September 2006. The college offers quality, online and external training specifically focused on the legal secretarial / paralegal market.

Melissa is passionate about assisting others to achieve the recognition they deserve. She finds great satisfaction in providing assistance with training, and helping others achieve their qualifications, ultimately reaching their career goals. Melissa is well qualified and experienced in assisting others with career advice and facilitating career change.