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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY BECOMES FIRST IN MIDWEST
TO OFFER LEGAL ADMINISTRATION GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
YPSILANTI &endash; Eastern Michigan University has become the first institution in the Midwest, and one of only a handful in the country, to offer a Legal Administration Graduate Certificate.
"The certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to gain employment in the administrative aspect of the legal field," said Konnie Kustron, of EMU's business and technology education department. "The curriculum consists of five courses that address practical issues encountered in legal administration."
Kustron said the program will help participants understand and evaluate the support roles performed in legal administration; the impact of technology on the practice of law and court systems; methods for solving problems in the administration of law offices; strategies for marketing legal services; and supervisory responsibilities for a court system.
The certificate requires 16 credit hours of graduate level instruction. Completion of a Master's degree is not required.
Course work includes: "Roles of the Legal Administrator," "Technology in the Legal Enterprise," "Designing Solutions to Problems in Legal Administration," "Judicial Administration," and an internship involving practical experience and/or a thesis.
Admission requirements for applicants include: meeting admission requirements of EMU's Graduate School; an undergraduate GPA of 2.75; a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; computer proficiency; two letters of recommendation; a resume and a personal statement. Students are not required to submit test scores from a standardized test such as the GRE.
Courses are offered at EMU's Livonia campus (I-275 and 6 Mile Rd.) and via the Internet. Classes are offered in the fall, winter and spring semesters.
"This advanced coursework can be used for professional development, or to redirect a career," said Kustron.
Eastern Michigan University (www.emich.edu) is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.