Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status. Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instructions. An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program. Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them.
Graduates possess the skills and knowledge to do work of a legal nature under the direct supervision of a licensed lawyer. Their knowledge regarding legal documents, the legal system and the ethical consideration of the legal profession make them invaluable.
* Not all programs are offered at each location.
Legal assistants prepare legal documents, maintain records and files and conduct research to assist lawyers or other professionals. Notaries public administer oaths, take affidavits, sign legal documents and perform other activities according to the limitations of their appointment. Trademark agents advise clients on intellectual property matters. Legal assistants are employed by law firms, by record search companies and in legal departments throughout the public and private sectors.
Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:
Minimum 25 words per minute (WPM).
- Word Processing
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
- Business Skills
Business Correspondence Level 1 and Business Communications
- Office Skills
Bookkeeping Levels 1 and 2
- Job Readiness/Employability Skills
Job Search and Résumé Writing and Thought Patterns for a Successful Career
- Community Support Services
Civil Litigation, Corporate Law, Estate Planning & Estates, Family Law, Credit and Finance, Criminal Law, Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Research, Legal Terminology, Real Estate Law, Legal Office Procedures, Youth Justice, and Conflict Management