Legal Office Assistant

Legal Office Assistant-Diploma Program

Train to work in the legal profession with the specific computer and legal office skills you need to get started. This program combines instructor-led classes with presentations and projects that simulate the typical legal office environment. Work BC predicts that, within the “secretary” occupational group, market conditions will be more favourable for legal office assistants, and that “those with strong computer and communication skills will be highly sought after.”


Administrative & Computer Modules

  • Intro to Technology and Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Office Procedures
  • Business Communications

Specialty & Legal Skills Modules

  • Dicta-typing
  • Manual Bookkeeping
  • Legal Office Procedures
  • Law & Terminology
  • PC Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Wills & Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • WordPerfect Overview
  • Conveyancing

Job Search Skills


38 weeks (approximately 760 hours) total

  • 35 weeks of classroom training and a 3 week practicum placement

Students Supply:

  • Loose-leaf paper
  • 3-ring binder
  • Flash drive
  • Pens/pencils/highlighters

College Supplies:

  • Handouts & photocopied materials
  • Student Manuals
  • Confirmation of mature student status (19 years or older on first day, and out of school for 1 full year) OR if under 19, evidence of Grade 12 completion or equivalent
  • Entrance assessment
  • English-competency assessment may be required
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Touch-typing skills (speed is not important)
  • Possess the practical skills required to work in a law office
  • Be knowledgeable in legal office dynamics
  • Understand micro-computer application
  • Understand legal transcription
  • Have working knowledge of the applications of the different areas of law including: Will and Estates
  • Corporate law
  • Conveyancing
  • Civil litigation
  • Family law
  • Understand office skills relating to professionalism, communication and dispute resolution
  • Students are assessed on each module by a test, project, assignment, demonstration of skills
  • Students are assessed on professionalism, conduct and attendance
  • Students are assessed on their practicum component
  • An average of all module grades, as well as the grades for professional conduct and attendance is calculated.  Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of a 65% average grade and successful completion of the practicum component.

Students attend a 2-week practicum component near the end of their program.  During this time, students take the role of employee and work diligently to maximize the learning opportunity and create a positive experience for themselves, the college and the practicum host.

  • Perform administrative duties in law firms, insurance litigation departments, court registries, notary public offices, the Legal Services Society, corporations with legal counsel (such as ICBC) and various government departments

Where Graduates are Working

  • Sabiris and Company
  • Bush & Company
  • Bonnie Day Legal Office
  • Security Company in Fort McMurray
  • Al McGarvey
  • Court House
  • The Canadian Occupational Projection System estimates job openings between 2011-2020 for workers in this occupation (Secretaries, Recorders and Transcriptions) will be among the highest for all occupations.
  • This is mainly due to these workers currently being much older (and thus closer to retirement) than then average.
  • Over the 2011-2020 period, job openings within this occupation are expected to total 73,950 and job seekers to total 21,156.
  • Work BC notes: “of the specialties within the secretary occupational group, legal secretaries have more favorable labor market conditions and stronger prospects for full-time work”
  • “Legal secretaries with training and experience in litigation and conveyance procedures, and those with strong computer and communication skills will be highly sought after”

Work BC

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