Law Office Fundamentals


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Evenings

Next Start Date:

January 9, 2025

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About this Course

Like any sports team, legal teams rely on position players to help secure a win. Even for entry-level roles, law offices look to hire team members who can anticipate next steps and provide competent support to attorneys and legal departments in many areas, such as consultations, negotiations, mediation, litigation, arbitration and more.

In this course, you’ll get acquainted with the basics of the U.S. legal system and what it’s like to work in a law office. We’ll guide you through how to read and prepare legal documents, and you’ll learn about e-discovery and legal technologies. Plus, you’ll gain insights from working legal professionals about ethical standards, legal specialties, and how to align your career goals with pathways into the legal industry. You’ll take away knowledge that can help you become a stronger candidate to work in a modern legal setting.


Anyone who wants to prepare for entry-level work in a law office or who is looking to explore career options in the legal field. This course may help students gain foundational skills for the Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

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  • History of the American legal system and differences in civil and criminal law
  • Typical duties, responsibilities and tasks of support staff for law offices, legal departments, government agencies and nonprofits
  • Essential legal terms and written communication strategies
  • Basic legal technologies, including common word processing features and computer applications
  • Types of ethics and privacy issues that can arise in a support role

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“Employers are looking to fill a range of entry-level legal roles and want to hire people who understand how a law office works. Learning the basics in this UW course could help you get your foot in the door and start a legal career with great growth potential.”

— Shelly Langley, Advisory Board Member, Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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