Beginning Legal Secretary Course
MCLPA plans to conduct at least one Beginning Legal Secretary course annually. These courses are taught by guest speakers and qualified members of MCLPA who have obtained their California Certified Legal Secretary certification and/or have worked in law offices for at least ten years.
The courses include one night of class per week (two hours per night) and are designed for the legal secretary-to-be with little or no experience but who are currently working in a law office or law-related office, or the experienced secretary needing refresher courses.
The courses are instructed with the use of the Law Office Procedures Manual, which is written by members of LPI and published by The Rutter Group. The course covers: Introduction to the Law Office; Civil Litigation Procedures, Legal Citations; Calendaring/Docketing; Preparation and Service of Legal Documents; Court Systems/Structure/Rules of Court; and Legal Terminology.
LPI’s Upcoming Classes
The LPI, MCLPA’s parent corporation, offers various online study groups and classes throughout the year. Please check their website for the current schedule. www.legalprofessionalsinc.org/classes/
LPI’s Legal Specialization Sections – Upcoming Seminars
LPI’s Legal Specialization Sections provide access to continuing education workshops four times a year at conferences and is now starting to offer webinars. Membership to the LSS includes access to free quarterly workshops; quarterly newsletters containing up-to-date information, including changes in the law and forms; statewide roster of all members in each section for easy access to local procedural information in other counties; and networking opportunities. www.legalprofessionalsinc.org/legal-specialization-sections/
LPI has several publications to assist legal secretaries, paralegals, and other staff members in a law office for several areas of law. www.legalprofessionalsinc.org/publications/