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Public Administration: Legal Services

Attention: This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Public Administration: Legal Services program is designed to provide students with the training needed for employment in the legal divisions of government agencies. Topics covered in the curriculum include the criminal justice system, court case assignments, criminal charging documentation, document security, and ethical issues. An emphasis is placed on effective oral and written communication, interpersonal relationship skills, and time management skills as well as computer usage.


Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Academic Plan
Public Administration: Legal Services (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective term
Fall 2020

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply current technology to specific business tasks.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of essential microcomputer keyboarding skills with speed and accuracy.
  3. Produce professional-quality presentation visuals using PowerPoint.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  5. Summarize the importance of time management and meeting deadlines.
  6. Practice appropriate workplace behavior.
  7. Explain procedures for processing criminal charges.
  8. Summarize the criminal justice process.
  9. Explain procedures for processing criminal charges.
  10. Demonstrate ability to process various court documentation.
  11. Use court trial database software to create case assignments.
  12. Explain case routing procedures.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC103AK Using Word: Level I 0.5
BPC104AD Using Excel: Level I 0.5
BPC/OAS111AA Computer Keyboarding I 1
CIS118AB Powerpoint: Level I 1
PAD102 Legal Services: Office Essential Skills Critical course Gateway course 2
PAD103 Legal Services: Office Career Preparation 2
BPC111AB Computer Keyboarding II 1
PAD110 Criminal Charging Administration 3
PAD112 Court Record Administration 2
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Public Administration: Legal Services (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.