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.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Feb, Sep 5 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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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


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

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

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

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.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Ability to accept responsibility and to plan and reason logically
  • Ability to follow instructions and work under pressure
  • Good organizational skills
  • Adaptability to change
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Competency in business arithmetic

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $1876.56
Student Union Fee $55 per term
College Initiative Fee $53.93
U-Pass Fee $246
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$75.06 - Campus Resource Fee
$600 - Approximate Text & Supplies per course
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC's five-month legal administrative assistant program is open to candidates with previous office administrative assistant work experience or education.

This intensive program will give you the legal knowledge that you need to step into a law office and work as an assistant to a lawyer. Our courses cover the largest areas of law, including civil litigation, family law, corporate procedures, wills and estates, and conveyancing. We use the most up-to-date computing equipment and specialized legal software.

Our graduates are at work in firms across the city, including Faskens, Miller Thomson and McCarthy Tetrault as well as at the Department of Justice and at several B.C. court registries.

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station. 

The first half hour is dedicated to a program presentation and Q&A session, then a free keyboarding assessment is available.

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

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