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Office Administration Certificate - Legal Office Skills


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The Office Administration Certificate - Legal Office Skills is designed for students who wish to upgrade their office skills for certification, are beginning a career in the legal office workplace, or wanting to satisfy the Paralegal Program entrance requirements. The program focuses on the administrative support skills needed to succeed in legal office environments.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep, Jan, Apr 1 to 3 years Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program or these courses.

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Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Office Administration Certificate - Legal Office Skills, students will be able to:

  • Apply current principles of business English, including accurate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice
  • Compose clear, concise business documents including letters, emails, and reports
  • Apply principles of supervisory management to the work environment
  • Apply principles of decision making to the work environment
  • Demonstrate appropriate technological skills including keyboarding
  • Perform appropriate legal office procedures
  • Perform basic office accounting, payroll, or bookkeeping functions
  • Confidently present information to a group
  • Demonstrate appropriate organizational skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Courses involve lectures, presentations, discussions, practical examples, and individual and group work. Learning is enhanced through case studies, interactive classroom activities, and collaborative activities. The interactive and practical exercises give students the opportunity to take an active role and “learn by doing”.

In order to take OACP 1101 Keyboarding for Speed Building, students must have completed OACP 1102 Keyboarding for Beginners or completed a beginner keyboarding course at another institution or must be able to type using all fingers and must know proper finger locations on the keyboard. If the instructor does not think you have the necessary, basic keyboarding skills you will be asked to withdraw from the course, without refund.

PROGRAM DURATION

Students must complete the Office Administration Certificate - Legal Office Skills within three years.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Evaluation of the courses is determined by the instructor and may include the following:

  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Participation
  • Group work
Minimum passing grade for each course is a C minus (C-).

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the Continuing Studies Office, the student will receive a Vancouver Community College Office Administration Certificate: Legal Office Skills.

Upon successful completion of this program, please submit an application for graduation to the Continuing Studies Office to receive your Certificate.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

Core Courses:
  • OACP 1102 Keyboarding for Beginners
  • OACP 1103 Writing Business Letters
  • OACP 1104 Grammar Review Business Writing
  • OACP 1106 Building a Powerful Vocabulary
  • OACP 1107 Memo, Emails, and Reports
  • OACP 1113 Introduction to Legal Office Program
  • OACP 1114 Civil Litigation
  • OACP 1115 Corporate
  • OACP 1116 Family Law
  • OACP 1117 Conveyancing
  • OACP 1120 Legal Office Package Tests
  • OACP 1123 Business English Skills Test
  • OACP 1127 Supervisory Management/Decision Making
  • OACP 1138 Legal Terminology
  • OACP 1139 Legal Office Procedures
  • OACP 1140 Legal Ethics and Confidentiality
Plus one of:
  • OACP 1105 Introduction to Payroll
  • OACP 1129 Accounting for the Non-Accountants
  • OACP 1130 Introduction to Bookkeeping

ELECTIVE COURSE(S):

Choose five courses from this list
  • OACP 1101 Keyboarding for Speed Building
  • OACP 1122 Effective Notes and Minutes
  • OACP 1141 BC Online Searches
  • OACP 1142 Advanced Conveyancing
  • OACP 1145 Effective Oral Communications
  • OACP 1211 Wills and Estates
  • CMPT 1301 Word Excel PowerPoint
  • CMPT 1302 Introduction to Computers and File Management
  • CMPT 1303 Internet Applications
or from courses in these program areas:
  • OACP Administration and Supervision
  • OACP Medical Office Skills
  • OACP Records Management Skills
  • Leadership
  • Management Skills for Supervisors

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



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.


Program Specific

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

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Recommended Characteristics:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC Continuing Studies offers a variety of office administration programs to suit different career aspirations and interests. Students may specialize in one of the following:

Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





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Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info

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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Janet Chee, VCC Office Administration, 604.871.7000, ext. 8649
Program Assistant: Harwinder Sekhon, VCC Office Administration, 604.871.7000, ext. 8711

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(CMPT 1301) Word Excel PowerPoint 2.5 credits    $448.74



Comprehensive skills training in the most common business applications of MS Office for those working in an office environment. Learn to perform functions common to key Microsoft applications and examine communication between programs.


Required: Please purchase textbook from the Downtown Bookstore prior to course start date. Please bring a USB stick to class.
(30 hours)

 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and File Management (CMPT 1302), or working knowledge of Windows.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30122 DTN Rm. 416
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
18-Sep-2019
to 20-Nov-2019
Shaw, Todd
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  30153 DTN Rm. 619
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
22-Oct-2019
to 21-Nov-2019
Shaw, Todd
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(CMPT 1302) Introduction to Computers and File Management 1.0 credits    $260.37



For students with little to no background in computers. Building a foundation of basic computer skills, this module demonstrates how to identify different types of computers, the components of a personal computer (including internal components such as microprocessors), and how these components work together. Topics include the knowledge and skills of accessing, storing, and managing files on local and remote computers. Learn how to maintain PCs and perform basic troubleshooting.

Course duration: 15 hours

Required: Please purchase textbook from the Downtown Campus Bookstore prior to course start date.

 

Want to expand your skill set further? Check out the other computer software courses at www.vcc.ca/technology 

 

 

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30481 DTN Rm. 829
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
21-Oct-2019
to 25-Nov-2019
Parsakish, Ramin
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(CMPT 1303) Internet Applications 1.0 credits    $260.37



Develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand a variety of Internet security and safety issues. Discusses common Internet features such as cloud security, searching strategies, ecommerce models, fraud detection, virus avoidance, email systems, social media, and collaboration systems. Students apply their knowledge to access advanced Internet functionality and identify common terminology associated with computer networks and local Intranets.

(15 hours)

Textbook (optional) can be purchased from the Downtown VCC Bookstore.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and File Management (CMPT 1302), or a basic knowledge of Windows.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30121 DTN Rm. 529
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
22-Oct-2019
to 19-Nov-2019
Chui, Ronald
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(OACP 1101) Keyboarding for Speed Building 1.5 credits    $171.91



Improve computer skills in a supportive environment. Increase speed and accuracy through exercises, drills, and techniques. Students must know key locations or take Keyboarding for Beginners (OACP 1102) to learn key locations prior to taking this course.

In order to take OACP 1101 Keyboarding for Speed Building, students must have completed OACP 1102 Keyboarding for Beginners or completed a beginner keyboarding course at another institution or must be able to type using all fingers and must know proper finger locations on the keyboard. If the instructor does not think you have the necessary basic keyboarding skills, you will be asked to withdraw from the course, without refund.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30368 DTN Rm. 519
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1230
14-Sep-2019
to 26-Oct-2019
Slade, Julia
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(OACP 1102) Keyboarding for Beginners 1.5 credits    $152.05



An overview of topics including key letters, numbers, and symbols; common errors; keyboarding tips; and the importance of good posture. Skills and techniques are developed through in-class practice lessons. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30370 DTN Rm. 618
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
09-Sep-2019
to 21-Oct-2019
Madrazo, Debbie
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  30369 DTN Rm. 618
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1230
14-Sep-2019
to 26-Oct-2019
Madrazo, Debbie
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(OACP 1105) Introduction to Payroll 1.5 credits    $213.78



Learn payroll law, record maintenance, and pay cheque and T4 preparation. Study Employment Standards, WCB, Revenue Canada Taxation, Records of Employment, and Stats Canada reporting. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30377 DTN Rm. 514
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
17-Oct-2019
to 05-Dec-2019
Geronimo, Oscar (Uriarte)
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(OACP 1107) Memos, Emails, and Reports 0.5 credits    $112.40



Overview of standard structure, style, and format for memos, emails, and reports. Examine email etiquette and business writing processes. Learn how effective use of modern and powerful business language will lead to positive results.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30374 DTN Rm. 518
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
15-Oct-2019
to 22-Oct-2019
Gajdics, Sylvia
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(OACP 1114) Civil Litigation 0.5 credits    $112.32



Discuss the levels of court in British Columbia. Study procedures of a civil case, from Writ of Summons to trial, judgment, and execution.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30363 DTN Rm. 207
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
07-Oct-2019
to 28-Oct-2019
Kollias, Elizabeth
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(OACP 1120) Legal Office Skills Test 0.0 credits



Administered at the end of the Legal Office Skills courses.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30367 DTN Rm. 113A
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
05-Nov-2019
Chee, Janet
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(OACP 1123) Business English Test 0.0 credits



Students must complete this course at the end of the Business English Skills package.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30375 DTN Rm. 205A
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
29-Oct-2019
Gajdics, Sylvia
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(OACP 1129) Accounting for the Non-Accountant 1.5 credits    $199.52



Learn general accounting terms, the role of an accountant, and how to prepare and interpret financial statements. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30495 DTN Rm. 618
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
06-Nov-2019
to 11-Dec-2019
Madrazo, Debbie
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(OACP 1130) Introduction to Bookkeeping 2.0 credits    $225.91



Learn the procedures that comprise the accounting cycle of a service business: transactions, journals, general ledgers, trial balances, and financial statements. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30378 DTN Rm. 207
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
11-Sep-2019
to 30-Oct-2019
Brooks, James
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  30381 DTN Rm. 518
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
11-Sep-2019
to 30-Oct-2019
Madrazo, Debbie
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(OACP 1145) Effective Oral Communication 1.5 credits    $250.28



Express yourself with greater clarity, confidence, and impact. Discover success strategies for impromptu speaking, delivering prepared speeches, speech evaluation, and audience analysis. Gain confidence and comfort in the public forum.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30382 DTN Rm. 514
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
05-Nov-2019
to 10-Dec-2019
Gajdics, Sylvia
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(OACP 1211) Wills and Estates 1.0 credits    $112.34



An explanation of why and how to prepare a will, and what makes a will valid. Also explores the procedure of probating an estate.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30513 DTN Rm. 424
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1630
16-Nov-2019
Franklin, Alan
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Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2020 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2020 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Accounting for the Non-Accountant (OACP 1129)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $199.52
Advanced Conveyancing (OACP 1142)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
BC Online Searches (OACP 1141)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Building Powerful Vocabulary (OACP 1106)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Business English Test (OACP 1123)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits N/A
Civil Litigation (OACP 1114)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $112.32
Conveyancing (OACP 1117)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Corporate (OACP 1115)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Effective Notes and Minutes (OACP 1122)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Effective Oral Communication (OACP 1145)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $250.28
Family Law (OACP 1116)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Grammar Review Business Writing (OACP 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Internet Applications (CMPT 1303)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $260.37
Introduction to Bookkeeping (OACP 1130)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $225.91
Introduction to Computers and File Management (CMPT 1302)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $260.37
Introduction to Legal Office Program (OACP 1113)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Introduction to Payroll (OACP 1105)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $213.78
Keyboarding for Beginners (OACP 1102)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $152.05
Keyboarding for Speed Building (OACP 1101)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $171.91
Legal Ethics and Confidentiality (OACP 1140)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits N/A
Legal Office Procedures (OACP 1139)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits N/A
Legal Office Skills Test (OACP 1120)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits N/A
Legal Terminology (OACP 1138)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Memos, Emails, and Reports (OACP 1107)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $112.40
Supervisory Management and Decision Making (OACP 1127)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Wills and Estates (OACP 1211)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $112.34
Word Excel PowerPoint (CMPT 1301)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits $448.74
Writing Business Letters (OACP 1103)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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