The Associate of Science in Legal Assisting is a 64-credit hour program to prepare students for employment as legal assistants (also known as paralegals) in a variety of settings such as law offices, courthouses and state agencies. Students receive education in many areas of law, legal research and general office skills. This sample sequence should be followed closely by students; some adjustments may need to be made due to reduced summer offerings or other circumstances. Many courses are offered only once per year. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Legal Assistant Exam sponsored by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) without additional minimum employment history requirements. Students completing this degree are also eligible to receive the Legal Office Management Certificate. All students are urged to make an appointment to see Santa Fe's Business Programs advisor once each semester to ensure that adequate progress toward a degree is being made. All students must apply for graduation upon enrollment in their last semester of coursework.