Why students take a legal administration course


A legal administration course prepares students for an entry level job in the legal field or brushes up their skills in higher level positions. This blog will explain the whys, the whats and the hows of these courses.

What’s a legal administration course?

People who aspire to work in law don’t always want to do so as a lawyer. But what other jobs are there, do you ask? There’s the admin staff, the court clerks, and the paralegals. Legal administration courses give students the basic tools and terminology of the trade. When they complete the course they can work in public offices and corporate environments.

Why do people take them?

A Certificate III in Business Admin (Legal) is for those starting at the ‘entry level’; they go on to be junior legal assistants. Those who take the course will learn basic admin skills including how to draw up documents, work in a safe manner, and rapid typing practice. Some legal terminology, how to handle court documents, and practicing how to handle law office scheduling are also part of the coursework.

A Certificate IV in Legal Services is suited to those who have worked as a legal assistant for several years. Rather than go to university, they can move up the ladder to an executive assistant position after completing this certificate. An executive legal assistant is also known as a paralegal. Advanced modules include law terminology, working within a compliance framework and applying various legal principles.

How can someone take these courses?

Law colleges and tertiary education campuses don’t have many flexible options when providing courses online. The number of courses available are often limited, and those that do offer online options require class attendance once a week. This is difficult for full-time workers and students still at school.

Melissa Mahoney Legal College is a specialised legal college that operates exclusively online. This means that students have 24/7 access to their course, no matter where they live. There’s no classes to miss because you can access the portal and pick up where you left off at any time. Students can study from the office if they can’t afford the time off and can relax knowing they’ve got twelve months to complete their certificate.