Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma Program
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Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma Program in Edmonton, Alberta

The legal administrative assistant is an essential part of today’s law office team. The Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma Program offered by Campbell College in Edmonton will equip you with skills required to effectively perform the duties required of those employed in a legal administration environment.

Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma Program Overview

The Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma Program will cover all legal office procedures, legal terminology, court systems, legal record keeping, bookkeeping, billing clients and the preparation, filing and service of legal documents in the areas of wills and estates, family law, litigation, corporate law and real estate. In addition, you will build proficiency in keyboarding, law accounting software and a variety of computer programs.

Students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate the use of specialized legal terminology
  • Apply ethical rules related to the legal profession
  • Locate and manage data and information from a variety of electronic and paper sources
  • Prepare, manage, and maintain legal documents and correspondence for civil litigation, corporate, criminal, family, real estate and estate law
  • Edit legal paperwork
  • Use legal terminology and apply recording, transcription and language skills to produce accurate legal correspondence and employment related documents
  • Use effective interpersonal skills in the workplace to assist the completion of individual and team tasks and to promote the image of the organization
  • Use profession-relevant mathematics, insurance law and computer applications

Career Opportunities:

By opting for a Legal Administrative Assistant Program you can take up any of the following job roles.

  • Assistant to president of an organization
  • Executive assistant
  • Administrative assistant
  • Administrative support officer
  • Senior secretary
  • Executive secretary
  • Office coordinator
  • Legal secretary
  • Legal administrative assistant
  • Legal office support
  • Administrative support officer
  • Areas of Employment
  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Legal offices

Program Length

Instruction & Study Breaks 45 weeks
Practicum 8 weeks
Total 53 weeks

How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Start Dates End Dates
September 6, 2022 September 9, 2023
November 7, 2022 November 10, 2023

Courses Covered
Course Duration: 90 hours
Course Description
This course is an in-depth examination of business writing concepts and techniques. Students will learn to refine their customer-focused writing skills, learn the mechanics of professional business writing, and increase their ability and confidence in verbal and written communication.
Course Duration: 91 hours
Course Description
This course supports the acquisition of accurate keyboarding and maximum keyboarding speed using touch typing. The goal is accuracy first and speed second.
Course Duration: 50 hours
Course Description
This course enhances typing skills developed throughout the keyboarding course and improves grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills developed through the Business English course. Students will use a Transcription Tutorial to learn and practice the skills, shortcuts, and techniques needed to produce quality transcripts.
Course Duration: 45 hours
Course Description
This course provides an opportunity for students to study and practice the systems and procedures used in today’s business offices—everything from file- and records-management to organizational techniques.
Course Duration: 210 hours
Course Description
This course helps students understand how a computer works and how to use Microsoft Windows to run other applications and manage files, folders, and other resources. Students will gain a sound knowledge of the Microsoft Office Professional Suite. Graduates will be able to create business documents, e-mails, spreadsheets, and maintain databases.
Course Duration: 99 hours
Course Description
This course is an in-depth examination of the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills required for personal and employment success. These workshops are integrated throughout the program to provide students with high-impact communication, team-building, and problem-solving skills.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
This course is an in-depth examination of the tools and techniques required to gain and maintain employment in the legal administrative career path. Students will use the concepts, strategies, and methods for finding, applying, interviewing, and securing employment.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
In this course, students learn the day-to-day operations, management, and procedures of a legal office. The latest developments in office technology are presented and applied practically as students draft standard legal documents including contractual agreements, statements of claim and defence, official letters, and internal memos.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
This course provides students with an introduction to a variety of software and web-based search resources such as Canlii, Quicklaw, and the Alberta Queen’s Printer. Legal accounting and billing programs such as PCLaw, ESILaw, and ProLaw will be demonstrated.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
Students will build a vocabulary of standard legal terminology used within a law office, government agency, court systems, social services, and current affairs through practice, study guides and quizzes. They will be introduced to Canadian law and the legal system: legal processes and institutions, principles of legal reasoning and approaches to the analysis of law. Students will learn the law governing relationships between individuals and between individuals and the state.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
This course provides an overview of the legal principles governing the preparation of a will. Students will learn the terminology used in wills and the basic steps involved in the preparation and execution of a will–including testacy and intestacy, obtaining letters, and administering the estate.
Course Duration: 50 hours
Course Description
This course focuses on the substantive law of real estate. Students are introduced to basic conveyancing procedures. The land titles system is covered, along with the forms and documents relating to transfer of title, encumbrances, mortgages, and discharge of encumbrances/mortgages. The structure of a real estate sale will be illustrated. Students also learn the legal requirements for acting for the vendor and acting for the purchaser.
Course Duration: 80 hours
Course Description
This course introduces students to the courts of law. Judges, court officials, and their respective duties are discussed. The rules of court practice are set out in the Court of Queen’s Bench Act and the Queen’s Bench Rules. Students will learn the steps, documents, and limitation periods set out in these official Rules. Actions and applications are the two categories of civil proceedings brought before the courts. Appeals and motions occur within these categories. This section will step through a model of a civil action, and it will also review the processes of applications, appeals, and motions. Definitions will be provided for legal terminology and precedents of completed court documents will be reviewed.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
Family law is an ever-growing area of litigation. It encompasses the laws governing marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, custody, access, support and division of property upon marriage breakdown. This course introduces the relevant statutes and provides precedents of commonly used documents. Students will follow through contested and uncontested divorce proceedings step-by-step. They will also learn the procedures for division of property, domestic agreements, and variation of court orders.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Corporate & Commercial Law
This course introduces students to the various forms of business ownership and the steps required to incorporate. Students will learn the basic legal procedures and work with the documents associated with buying and selling business assets and the registration of a security interest. The course will compare and contrast proprietorships and partnerships, and students will learn the steps and procedures required for incorporation. Students will explore the legal documentation associated with corporate matters including the maintenance of a minute book, post incorporation matters, corporate structure and documentation, commercial transactions and instruments, bills of sale, and chattel mortgages.
Course Duration: 35 hours
Course Description
This course is designed to help students learn about insurance law through the application of theoretical concepts regarding practical situations that arise in case analysis and legislation. Students will learn the nature of insurance contracts and peculiarities specific to this contract. Students will become familiar with terminology, jargon, and actual cases. Students will develop an understanding based on specific reference to MPI cases and cases covering Life and Property Insurance. Students will also learn about reinsurance.
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description
This course is designed to help students learn about debtor and creditor rights and remedies. Students will learn the laws governing credit and the process for determining whether a cause of action exists, commencing of the action, and enforcement of the judgment. Students will specifically learn the Court of Queen’s Bench process for debt recovery and collections as well as the process in the Provincial Court/Small Claims Court. Students will examine pre- and post-judgment creditor remedies. Other aspects of study include a consideration of garnishment, execution against land and personal property, and the law of foreclosure and bankruptcy. Students will also learn the parameters of various consumer-protection legislation.
Students will be placed in legal offices and will work alongside company employees for four weeks in order to gain the valuable real-world experience so many employers seek in a Legal Assistant.
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