This program prepares graduates to work as legal assistants who can work in a variety of legal or general office environments. The program consists of courses that are designed to give learners knowledge and skills in the areas of wills and estates, litigation, real estate, corporate law. Learners apply business concepts, accounting practices, legal office procedures, and use specialized legal software to prepare and format documentation within client files. Emphasis is placed on the practical demands of the job, as well as confidentiality, professional ethics and meeting deadlines. Learners participate in office simulations where they deal with realistic client matters and develop high-level word processing, presentation, Internet, email, database accounting and spreadsheet skills in a network environment.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct oneself professionally and adhere to relevant legislation, standards and codes of ethics.
  • Manage the scheduling, coordination and organization of administrative tasks and workflow within specific deadlines and according to set priorities and procedures.
  • Coordinate the collection, analysis, distribution and response to communications in the workplace to facilitate the flow of information.
  • Operate and provide support to others related to the use of office equipment and technologies.
  • Evaluate, establish and administer legal records management systems to ensure confidential, secure, accessible and organized electronic and paper records.
  • Produce client account and billing records for legal services by compiling relevant information and using accounting software.
  • Produce legal documentation for corporate, civil, family, real estate and wills and estates law using available technologies and applying industry standards.
  • Use interpersonal and client service skills to respond to diversity and to support the goals of the organization.


Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The program consists of ten 45-hour courses at the certificate level, and a Capstone Project. Upon successful completion of ten additional 45-hour courses at the diploma level, graduates are awarded our College Diploma.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation of student learning is based on completion of course assignments or projects. Due dates and criteria for successful completion of each course assignment will be outlined by the instructor at the beginning of each course.

Courses and Outlines

Course NameCourse CodeCourse LevelCourse IDCourse CreditCourse Outline
Communication EssentialsLOAD-COM1LOAD-COM-0013This course promotes effective communication skills essential for academic and professional success. Visual analysis and presentation strategies are employed to emphasize the importance of adapting communication to the intended audience. Students compose clear and concise messages through researching, writing and presenting to ensure effective communication. Students are expected to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve the course outcomes.
Legal Transcription ILOAD-TRA1LOAD-TRA-0013This “hands-on” course will improve the learning, studying, researching, writing, and listening skills of the student and allow then to become familiar with the various forms of communication required of legal administrative assistants. The students will become familiar with legal terminology and legal documentation and develop the ability to synthesize their skills and knowledge to accurately
transcribe legal correspondence and documentation.
Automated Law Office ILOAD-ALO1LOAD-ALO-0013This is an introductory course which provides students in the program with training in Microsoft Word and Excel functions and the application of those skills in the production of legal correspondence and legal documents in a computerized law office environment. Reinforcement of keyboarding skills will also be emphasized. Students will receive hands-on training in preparing specific legal correspondence and documents on computers in a networked computer environment. The course emphasizes the accuracy and formatting required for the proper completion of legal documents and the preparation of simple spreadsheets.
Document Processing and ProficiencyLOAD-DPP1LOAD-DPP-0013This course will assist the student to become more familiar with daily procedures common to most modern businesses and more specifically to the legal office. the student will study basic office functions and general business practices, together with routine law office and management. A core component of the Legal Administrative Assistant program, this course stresses valuable fundamental skills such as organization, telephone techniques, dealing with clients and making appointments, scheduling meetings, handling mail and other information transfers, managing accounts and billing clients, preparing standard legal documents and correspondence.
Canadian LawLOAD-LAW1LOAD-LAW-0013This course is an introduction to law in Canada; providing an overview of the legal system spanning from Confederation to present. Students will discuss the Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and present legislation impacting Canada. Students will examine the branches of government, civil liberties, the criminal justice courts, ethics, and access to justice in Canada. This course is will provide students with the foundation knowledge to be built on in their core program courses.
Real Estate Law AdministrationLOAD-REA1LOAD-REA-0013Students will develop their understanding of the theory and practice of urban and rural, residential and commercial, real property, including sales and purchases; mortgages and other security; taxes, caveats, and other encumbrances; and leases and other dispositions. Students will learn to manage real estate files and handle trust funds.
Legal Financial RecordsLOAD-LFR1LOAD-LFR-0013Study the practical side of bookkeeping and accounting, and learn to identify basic internal control procedures. Become familiar with the recording process, ledgers and trial balance, financial statements and closing entries, cash and how to control it, accounts receivable, inventory and salaries.
Legal ResearchLOAD-LRE1LOAD-LRE-0013Students of this course will discuss and analyze given as well as chosen factual scenarios and legal problems/issues in order to conduct basic legal research, making use of both primary and secondary legal resources.
Leadership in the workplaceLOAD-LWO1LOAD-LWO-0013This course examines leadership within a personal and professional context. Students explore leadership qualities and skills and the role leadership plays both locally and globally. Personal and interpersonal effectiveness skills that contribute to contemporary leadership and collaboration are clarified and applied in diverse settings.
Ethics and Professional ResponsibilityLOAD-EPR1LOAD-EPR-0013This course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals as citizens and as professionals. This course will help students clarify a value system and establish a framework for ethical decision-making and conduct. It is essential in a legal environment to understand and meet legal, ethical and professional obligations and expectations. An emphasis of this course is to examine a Code of Conduct for Court Support Staff.
Automated Law Office IILOAD-AOF2LOAD-AOF-0023This subject is designed to introduce students to the automated law office so that they may develop an understanding of the various duties and responsibilities required by this environment. Students will be introduced to a number of issues related to the organization and operation of a law office, including ethical and professional standards. The focus of this subject is designed to develop the legal document production process through the use of word processing skills. Students will produce a variety of legal correspondence and documents.
Civil Litigation AdministrationLOAD-CLA2LOAD-CLA-0023Students will be provided with the basic theory and practical considerations regarding Civil Litigation. They will prepare documents required to commence and serve a Small Claims, commence an Action, and make a motion for Default Judgment. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Appeal system, including decisions made with The Court of Queen’s Bench and The Court of Appeal. Jurisdictions and decisions of The Federal Court of Canada and The Supreme Court of Canada will also be covered.
Advanced Document ProcessingLOAD-ADO2LOAD-ADO-0023This is an advanced course that builds upon the skills and techniques acquired in Document Production I. Using word processing and desktop publishing software, students will produce a variety of high-quality business documents. Students will demonstrate proper touch keyboarding techniques and use current timed writing standards to key a projected speed of 40 words per minute. In this course, students will continue to apply the features of word processing using Microsoft Word to create more complex, error-free business documents. Students preparing for successful business careers need to acquire the necessary word processing skills essential to obtaining employment in an office setting. Word Processing 220 is designed for students who must master the advanced functions of Microsoft Word in order to format and produce mailable business documents.
Criminal Law AdministrationLOAD-CLA2LOAD-CLA-0023This course is designed to give students an understanding of Canadian criminal law. The course will begin with a review of the sources of criminal law and how criminal law operates within the structure of the justice system. Students will be introduced to the role of criminal law in society through a discussion of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and recent cases. This will be followed by a thorough examination of the principles of substantive Canadian criminal law. The substantive criminal law will be explained and examined by the use of the case method. General principles of law will be discussed in the context of specific cases decided by the courts. Students will be encouraged to consider the law critically, from both an academic and societal perspective.
Estate Law AdministrationLOAD-ELA2LOAD-ELA-0023Students will be provided with detailed information about Wills, and the three types of Estates that can be created when someone dies. Examples of each are then included in the materials, as well as how to wind-up an Estate when all the debts have been paid and all the assets distributed.
Family Law AdministrationLOAD-FLA2LOAD-FLA-0023An introduction to Domestic/Family law, including Separation, Divorce, custody of children and division of marital property. Students will learn to prepare divorce materials under each of the three grounds for divorce, and in both contested and uncontested actions.
Legal Transcription IILOAD-LET2LOAD-LET-0023In this practical course, students will learn to transcribe legal documents from dictated communications. To develop efficiency and accuracy, Listening skills and motor skills for the operation of keyboard and footpedals will be emphasized.
Communications IILOAD-COT2LOAD-COT-0023This course focuses on the refinement of reading and writing skills. The course emphasizes clear, correct writing based on the process of composing, revising, and editing. It will include a review of sentence structure, grammar, diction, and punctuation. All essays written in the course will be in response to assigned readings. The student will recognize and use a variety of structural and stylistic techniques, analyze audience, purpose, and tone, and develop critical reading and thinking skills.
Corporate Law AdministrationLOAD-CAD2LOAD-CAD-0023Investigate the world of business law, beginning with an introduction to the Canadian legal system and the administration of justice. Learn about everything from torts to title of goods, and bankruptcy to basis for liability. Review the requirements for a valid contract, factors that may render a contract invalid or unenforceable, and ways in which a contract may legally be discharged.
Residential Landlord & Tenant LawLOAD-RTL2LOAD-RTL-0023This course examines the legal relationship between landlords and tenants, the legislation that governs rental housing and the rights, procedures, documents and remedies of the parties involved in a tribunal application proceeding under the Residential Tenancies Act. Students enrolled in this course will study the rules and procedures governing the Landlord and Tenant Board. The course will prepare students for careers as agents representing landlords or tenants in the rental housing field, related careers in support roles within the Board, as well as professionals in the property management business.






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