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Legal Administrative Assistant

Adapt your administrative skills to work in the legal field. This specialist program is intended for graduates of the administrative assistant program as well as experienced administrative assistants. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to apply time management principles and set priorities to create, edit, store and retrieve legal documents and correspondence. Legal administrative assistants learn procedures and create documents in the areas of corporate law, conveyancing, litigation, family law, and wills and estates.

Program Hours: The Legal Administrative Assistant Program runs Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00, except during the practicum when students work Monday through Friday for the hours assigned by the practicum host.

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
February, September 5 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

This specialist program is intended for graduates of the Administrative Assistant Program, as well as experienced administrative assistants wishing to work in the legal field. Graduates may find employment in a variety of positions, as a junior legal administrative assistant or a legal office support employee in the following organizations: law firms, offices of notaries public, legal departments of large corporations, real estate companies, insurance companies, financial organizations and government departments.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will have acquired the skills and knowledge to:

  • Create, edit, print, store and retrieve legal documents and correspondence
  • Perform legal administrative assistant duties and procedures in the areas of corporate law, conveyancing, litigation, family law, and wills and estates
  • Apply time management principles and set priorities
  • Analyze and solve problems independently and collaboratively
  • Communicate effectively and respect confidentiality
  • Keyboard quickly and accurately, proofread effectively, and transcribe from audio dictation

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The Legal Administrative Assistant Program is offered on a full-time basis with 24 hours’ class time per week over 4-1/2 months, and a two-week practicum, totalling 5 months. Attendance is mandatory: three or more absences may result in withdrawal from the program.

This is an intensive certificate program with the main emphasis on practical skills training including keyboarding and transcription. Students will work individually and in groups. When appropriate, theory is presented in lectures, videos, and demonstrations. Both practical and theoretical knowledge may be supported with field trips to Law Courts and to law offices.

There is a two-week practicum at the end of the program. The Department places students temporarily in law firms or law-related offices as an introduction to the legal office environment and to allow students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the program. The student must successfully complete all the other legal courses, in order to go on practicum.

A Program Advisory Committee meets periodically to monitor training needs and requirements of the industry.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Students are evaluated through theory and practical examinations, assessment of assignments and performance in a practical environment.



Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Proof of English Proficiency

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.


Program Specific

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis. It is Vancouver Community College's desire to ensure that the potential student receives greater access to, and success in, the Legal Administrative Assistant program at the Downtown campus. Therefore, the following guidelines, coupled with life experiences, are used to determine eligibility for entrance to the program:

  • Successful completion of the Vancouver Community College Administrative Assistant Program or equivalent program completed in the English language.
  • Or
  • Minimum of one year’s administrative assistant experience using MS Word, as demonstrated by the applicant’s resume (with confirmation from an employer, if requested), and the following:

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition is not available for the courses in this program.

Courses Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

Conveyancing (OADM 1451)
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4.0 credits  course outline
Corporate Law (OADM 1452)
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3.0 credits  course outline
Family Law (OADM 1453)
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2.0 credits  course outline
Legal Office Procedures (OADM 1450)
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3.0 credits  course outline
Litigation (OADM 1454)
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4.0 credits  course outline
Practicum (OADM 1456)
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2.0 credits  course outline
Speed and Accuracy Development 3 (OADM 1460)
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1.0 credits  course outline
Wills and Estates (OADM 1455)
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2.0 credits  course outline


Fees and Other costs

Fees and Other Costs:


International Application Fee $145
Tuition Fee $9,356
Student Union Fee $55 per term
College Initiative Fee $53.93
U-Pass Fee $246
Other Costs Graduation Fee - $40

Campus Resource Fee - $94

Textbooks and supplies - $600

Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info

email: study@vcc.ca

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