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Legal Support Professional

The Legal Support Professional Discipline

See Legal Support Professional - Associate In Business Studies
See Legal Support Professional - Law Office Foundation - Advanced Certificate
See Legal Support Professional - Law Office Specialist - Advanced Certificate

The Legal Support Professional program is a series of core courses and electives to train and educate individuals to perform a variety of tasks and to provide a wide range of services for attorneys and their clients, as well as in corporations, banks and other legal settings.

The Legal Support Professional program can be taken as a one year certificate program or as an associate degree program. Most entry-level positions will expect at least an associate degree.  Individual classes may be taken for professional development.

Please contact the LSP Faculty for further information.

Program Mission

The LSP program at Delta College strives to give students the skills necessary to excel in a career whose primary focus is law. Whether a law office, courthouse, hospital, corporation, small business, etc., a graduate will have the ability to identify appropriate law, prepare substantiated legal documentation, apply appropriate knowledge of the law and conduct thorough research.

A Challenging Profession

The legal support professional is a professional who assists attorneys in the delivery of legal services, or one who works in other legal settings, such as a corporate legal department, bank trust department, etc. Employment can also be found in governmental agencies, state and local courts, insurance companies, and public utilities.

A legal support professional generally works under the supervision of an attorney. Responsibilities may include:

interviewing clients

  • investigative fact gathering
  • estate administration
  • working on real estate closings, leases, and mortgages
  • research
  • maintaining case schedules
  • filing documents with court and federal agencies
  • other day-to-day administrative activities

Study Options

Legal Support Professional students may choose from the following options:

  • Advanced Certificate in Legal Support Professional Studies - students must complete 26 credit hours of required LAS courses and 6/7 credit hours of elective LSP courses.
  • Associate in Business Studies - students must complete the requirements and electives for the certificate, plus 31 - 33 credit hours of selected business courses and liberal arts courses.

Most LSP classes are held in the evenings. Legal support professional courses are identified by "LSP" as the course prefix.

Students must earn at least a C grade in all LSP courses.

Legal Support Professional Internship

Practical experience is a vital part of any educational program. Upon satisfactory completion of all or most of all the LSP required courses and permission of the Legal Support Professional Coordinator, and eighty hour minimum internship can be arranged, pending successful placement. The LSP Internship is an approved elective for 2 academic credit hours.

Professional and Career Development

For those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills, Legal Support Professional studies can be taken on an individual course basis.

If a student decides to earn a certificate or an Associate degree at a later time, courses previously taken for a grade can be applied to the certificate or Associate degree if minimum grade requirements are met.

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