“My experience has been great! I couldn't ask for better instructors.” - Sara N., Legal Administrative Assistant Graduate

Program Info

Legal administrative assistants are a key element to any legal team. In order to succeed in this fast-paced and fascinating career, you'll need a strong education in the policy and procedures of a modern law office, as well as an understanding of the Canadian legal and court system.

CDI College's Legal Administrative Assistant program will teach you legal terminology, court systems, office procedures, legal record keeping and bookkeeping. Students will also build strong transcription and keyboarding skills and become adept at using common office software such as MS Word and Excel. Course material in this program will include wills and estates, real estate, corporate and commercial law, civil litigation, and family law.

This program is 44 weeks in length.
Job Opportunities
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
“My experience has been great! I couldn't ask for better instructors.” - Sara N., Legal Administrative Assistant Graduate
Program Courses

The program outline below is for British Columbia.Click here to see the outlines for Alberta, Ontario, Québec and Manitoba.

Code Course Name Hours
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies 25

    • This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
  • INTE Fundamentals of Computer 50

    • This course presents an introductory look at Windows 7 and its interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of  navigating and personalizing the interface, organizing files and folders, using media devices, and searching for information. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
  • KBFE Keyboarding 50

    • This course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals of keyboarding. This course will help the students reinforce their English language skills and develop their ability to key and compose information and develop the proper keyboarding techniques and skills. The gradual pace of this course will help the students develop both speed and accuracy while applying the proper keyboarding techniques and position. Students will also develop their proofreading techniques, and improve their word processing techniques in a windows environment.
  • BEPE Business English and Proofreading 50

    • Excellent communication skills are essential in the smooth operation of a business office. In this course, the emphasis is on the application of language arts skills to produce grammatically correct communications.
  • MWXE Microsoft Word 2010 75

    • This course covers Microsoft Word 2010. You will learn about the fundamentals of word processing, document, and paragraph and character formatting, working with templates, lists and tables. This course will provide you hands-on practical activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
  • MEXE Microsoft Excel 2010 50

    • This course covers Microsoft Excel 2010. This course will present the Microsoft Excel application interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of spreadsheets, working with data, formatting cells, working with ranges of data and cells as well as applying functions and formulas to manipulate the data in the rows and columns of a spreadsheet. In addition, you will learn how to present tabular data in a variety of different chart formats.
  • MPXE Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 50

    • This course covers Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. This course will present the Microsoft PowerPoint application interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of preparing professional quality presentations. You will learn to create presentations, create and edit slides, add and format text, graphics and other types of content to slides. You will then learn to add effects, and transitions to enhance the appearance of your slideshows.
  • MOXE Microsoft Outlook 2010 25

    • This course covers using Microsoft Outlook 2010. This course will present the Microsoft Outlook application interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of an e-mail application, scheduling and calendars, contact lists, creating forwarding and managing messages.
  • PSKE Professional Skills 25

    • This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
  • LAWE Introduction to the Study of Law 25

    • Students will be provided with an overview of the Canadian legal system, legal institutions and the structure of the Canadian court system. Students learn about the history of Canadian law, including an analysis of the development of the Canadian constitution. The Legal Professional Act and the Rules of the Law Society of British Columbia will be discussed with a view towards professionalism and ethics in the field.
  • LPDE General Legal Office Procedures and Documentation 75

    • In this module, students learn about the day-to-day organization,management and procedures of a legal office. The latestdevelopments in office technology are presented and practicallyapplied as students draft standard legal documents (agreements,statements of claim and defense, letters and memos). Studentsare also introduced to the important skills of timekeeping, filingand the effective use of communication systems (telephone,fax). Law office, trust accounting concepts and procedures arecovered. One of the most highly valued abilities of legaladministrative assistants and paralegals is that of being able toprioritize and organize multi-task workloads. Students learnthese important skills in tandem with problem solving andcritical thinking skills development.
  • LIPE Litigation Procedures 1 100

    • The focus of this course is on civil litigation. Students learn the steps for opening and maintaining a litigation file and the British Columbia court litigation stages and procedures. Familiarization is built with different types of damages and claims as well as the procedures for proving a claim. Students gain experience preparing all relevant documents (for pre-trial and trial proceedings). Proceeding to trial is also covered, along with the procedure for actions (in Provincial Court and Civil Division). Mediation and settlement are introduced.
  • FLPE Family Law Procedures 75

    • This course introduces the family court system in British Columbia. Students become familiar with Provincial and Supreme Court documentation and procedures used to bring issues of marriage, separation, divorce, custody/access, child welfare, adoption, maintenance and property to resolution using the legal system. The Family Relations Act and the Divorce Act re covered. Students gain experience in completing a contested divorce file. Child Support guidelines are also covered.
  • CCLE Corporate and Commercial Law 75

    • Students are introduced to the incorporation and organization of a British Columbia company. There will be an overview of the British Columbia Business Corporation Act (by which the BC Company Act was repealed), the Society Act, the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Canada Corporations Act. Guidelines and procedures for selecting a corporate name are covered. Student understanding of corporate by-laws and corporate structure is built, along with the typical requirements of corporate meetings, minutes, resolutions and the duties of directors and officers. Students use legal precedents to prepare articles of incorporation and corporate by-laws. Experience is gained with routine filings and resolutions. Students learn how to set up and maintain corporate records (Records Book as well as the transitions to the new Business Corporations Acts). Corporate securities, records and changes are also covered.
  • RELC Real Estate Law and Conveyancing 125

    • This course focuses on the substantive law  of real estate. Students are introduced to basic convenyancing procedures. The registration system in British Columbia is covered, along with other forms and documents related to transfer/deed, charge/mortgage, and discharge of charge/mortgage. The structure of a real estate sale is illustrated. Students also learn the requirements when acting for the vendor or acting for the purchaser.  Students also gain knowledge about closing a real estate transaction.
  • WEPE Wills and Estate Planning 100

    • In this foundation course, students learn about wills and estates planning, estate succession, testacy, intestacy, requirements of a valid will and execution procedures. There is an introduction to the roles of the Executor and Trustee. Students learn about the Notice to Beneficiaries, Living Wills, Power of Attorney and Representations Agreements. Assets, inheritance and estate inventory are also presented.
  • CESE Career and Employment Strategies 25

    • This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview. Students will learn about how people find jobs, employment expectations, transferable skills, effective telemarketing, job search management and many other helpful, career strategy topics.
  • PR1 Practicum 100

    • This program includes a practicum component consisting of 100 hours of work at a job site. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.