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:
By opting for a Legal Administrative Assistant Program you can take up any of the following job roles.
|Work Experience||8 weeks|
|20 hours per week|
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|
|November 7, 2022||November 10, 2023|
Upon completion of all computer courses, students will have a thorough understanding of how a computer system works and sound knowledge of the Microsoft Office Professional Suite. Graduates will be able to create business documents, e-mails, and spreadsheets. They will be well prepared for the Legal Office Applications course
This course will help students understand how a computer works and how to use Microsoft Windows to run other applications and manage files, folders, and other resources.
Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of how computers work and how to use Microsoft Windows 10.
This course will provide coverage of techniques for browsing the Internet in a business environment.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to access given websites, navigate (browse) Web pages and follow links to other websites. Students will learn the effective use of windows and tabs. Students will learn techniques for easily returning to Web pages that have been visited previously. Students will learn how to use search engines effectively.
This course will provide an introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013. Students will use this software for budgeting, forecasting, and creating cash flows and other applications.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design spreadsheets and charts for various business scenarios.
This course will provide coverage of techniques for using e-mail, managing contacts, setting up appointments and events in a business environment.
Following the basics, students will learn advanced Functions including:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to send, receive, and organize e-mail; create and organize contact names; create appointments and events.
This course will provide an in-depth coverage of Microsoft Word 2013. Students will become proficient in using this software as a word processor and a desktop publishing tool.
Following the basics, students will learn advanced Functions including:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create and enhance various documents by applying styles, manage long documents, create tables and columns, as well as create customized templates.
This course provides an extensive review of grammar and punctuation.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to write sentences and paragraphs correctly.
This course is an in-depth examination of business writing concepts and techniques. Students learn to refine writing skills, learn the mechanics of professional business writing and increase their ability and confidence in verbal and written communications.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to draft, revise, proofread, and edit business documents, including letters, memos, and e-mails.
Students will build a vocabulary of common 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 about the law governing relationships between individuals and between individuals and the state.
Following the completion of this course students will have demonstrated the knowledge and skills obtained in the various areas of law. Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare various legal instruments and apply the knowledge of the core principles of the different areas of the law studied in order to support the legal team with their tasks.
This course is an in-depth study of the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills required for personal, employment success. To provide students with high-impact communication, team building, and problem-solving skills.
Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of the concepts and techniques to work through personal and interpersonal challenges on the job, in their personal lives, and in their future education. Students’ level of comfort with systems, human relations, and team dynamics of the work place will greatly increase, and they will gain confidence in their ability to be an effective team member and an outstanding employee.
In this module, students learn the day-to-day organization, management and procedures of a legal office. Latest developments in office technology are presented and applied practically as students draft standard legal documents such as agreements, statements of claim and defense, letters, and memos. Law office trust accounting concepts and procedures are covered. Students are introduced to the required privacy legislation and confidentiality and skills such as timekeeping, multitasking and prioritizing, filing, and the effective use of communication systems.
Following the completion of this course, students will be able to prepare Inter-office memos, legal memoranda and correctly cite legal authorities. Students will have also gained a solid understanding of some basic legal concepts and the importance of: privacy and confidentiality in the legal environment; the distinction between general and trust accounts; effective time management, and the importance of strong grammar skills.
This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about themselves, and about the skills, personality traits, and attitudes that are required to be successful in any office. Students will learn and practice specific office functions, handwritten, and computer generated.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to practice the systems, processes, and procedures used in today’s business offices—everything from file organization and records management to organizational techniques.
This course will provide 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 will be demonstrated such as PCLAW, ESILAW, and Prolaw
Students will be able to use various software and applications utilized in a legal office. Students will use the features of search resource software and programmes to complete basic legal office accounting tasks.
With enhanced typing skills developed through the keyboarding course, and improved 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.
Following the completion of this course students will have the skills and confidence needed to produce error free and quality transcripts.
This course will provide 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.
Following the completion of this course students will have gained a thorough understanding of the basic principles of Wills and Estates and apply that knowledge in the preparation of the documentation used in this area of the law.
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 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 requirements for acting for the vendor and acting for the purchaser.
Following the completion of this course students will have gained a thorough understanding of the basic principles of Real Estate Law and will have also gained familiarity with the basic documentation that is used, including: mortgages, transfers, caveats, and declarations as to possession, orders to pay, solicitor’s reports, and statement of adjustments.
This module 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. The student will learn of the steps, documents and limitation periods set out in these 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 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.
Following the completion of this course students will have gained an understanding of the basic principles of Civil Litigation and Torts. Students will also have prepared basic pleadings and all supporting documentation that is commonly used in this area, including: statements of claim, statements of defence, replies, motions, applications, orders, judgments, affidavits and requisitions.
Family law is an ever-growing area of litigation. It encompasses the laws of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, custody, access, support and division of property upon marriage breakdown. This module introduces the relevant statutes and provides precedents of commonly used documents. The student will follow through contested and uncontested divorce proceedings step-by-step. They will also learn about procedures for division of property, domestic agreements and variation of court orders.
Following the completion of this course students will have gained an understanding of the basic principles of Family Law. They will acquire familiarity with the basic documentation used in the Family Law Context. Students will also have prepared all of the typical documentation utilized in this area of the law, including: separation agreements, divorce judgments, orders, affidavits, notices of motion, case management information statements and financial statements.
This course introduces the student 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 in person. The course will compare and contrast proprietorships and partnerships, and the student will learn the steps and procedures required for incorporation. Students will explore the legal documentation associated with corporate matters including the maintenance of the minute book, post incorporation matters, corporate structure and documentation, commercial transactions and Instruments, bill of sale, and chattel mortgage.
Following the completion of this course students will have gained an understanding of the basic principles of Corporate and Commercial Law. They will have also gained experience preparing all of the documentation required to operate a business.