— Adam S.
I had a great experience with CLS. Well-organized content, accessible instructors, engaging coursework. Overall a great experience.
About this course
This intensive program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. Students will study such topics as legal terminology; legal process; jurisdiction and venue; ethics; written communications, including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions; filing procedures, billing and accounting; time management; records management; an overview of commonly used word and data processing programs; legal research; memoranda preparation and citation format.
Flexible online education
For over 40 years, CLS has provided students with flexible and effective legal education through a variety of formats catered to a busy life. All formats are designed and updated to remain on pace with the current industry, and are taught by working professionals. The Legal Secretary Certificate Course is offered 100% online, so you can complete your coursework around your schedule while still benefiting from regular instructor and peer interaction.
CLS by BARBRI features in an online format the same Legal Secretary Certificate Course that has been offered live since 1980 at colleges and universities throughout the nation. This course is available to students via computer who, because of location or schedule conflicts, are unable to attend the popular live lectures.
- View the Course Syllabus
- Review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
- Student benefits from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of email and a discussion board.
- Student has 7 weeks to complete the online course.
- Students upload assignments directly to the course for instructor review.
- Once registered, your password and access information will be sent in time for the start of class.
Highly Recommended Legal Resource:
- WESTLAW legal research access, only $89. Please call 1-800-522-7737 for more information or order online
About SUNY Oswego
SUNY Oswego is one of the best comprehensive colleges in the country. Recognized for excellence and value, Oswego is known for its extraordinary faculty, its welcoming atmosphere, and its reputation for producing fiercely loyal alumni.
The Division of Extended Learning at SUNY Oswego offers programs and services to adult and non-traditional audiences to open gateways to new careers, enhance skills, or pursue lifelong learning. The Division provides access to higher education at all levels of the educational pipeline to expand horizons and further develop students toward their highest potential.
Students will receive an introduction to the theory of law and the nature of the practice of law. Discussion will include the process of law, as well as the specific legal terminology and ethics. In addition to studying technology used in the law office, you will be exposed to actual court documents, office procedure manuals, billing techniques and overall management techniques of the law office. Learn more.
Whether you are just getting started in your career or have worked as a law office secretary for years, it’s important for you to stand out in your field and broaden your knowledge. Completing this course will add additional credentials and skills to your resume that will increase your marketability and earning potential. Learn more.
Frequently asked questions
CLS courses are designed for adult students and are taught on a college level. Minimum requirements to take any of our courses are a high school diploma or GED, and to be 18 years of age prior to enrollment.
Traditional financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) usually do not apply to these courses due to their continuing education status. Please view our Payment Options information to explore possible options.
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— Anna I.
CLS allowed me to get my certificate from the comfort of my own home and I loved that I could choose which main university the certificate would be coming from as well. Thank you for the positive experience!
— Jodi B.
I was very impressed with the course content, knowledge and availability of the professor and pace of the course. Definitely recommend CLS!
— Josh M.
The feedback from the online instructors and the CLS administrative staff was excellent! This was one of the most important factors for me since it is an online program. The online element of the CLS program is convenient, efficient and, to an certain extent, personalized to fit anyone’s particular needs.
— Melanie R.
I enjoyed the CLS program because it was flexible, practical, and educational. All objectives were clearly laid out each week and I learned so much from all the reading and assignments. You work hard for your grades and it definitely pays off.
— Brian H.
The online courses are great and convenient. They are perfect for someone working part or full-time.
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