“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, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec.

Term1

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 75

    • This course introduces the students to word processing with Microsoft Word 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft Office 2013 where you will learn about the common features of the Office applications and file management fundamentals. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Word where students learn proper document formatting, organization, and editing using the tools and features of the ribbon. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as working with tables, lists, objects, templates, footnotes and endnotes, and mail merges. Finally, the course will explore the collaboration features of Word 2013 that allow users to share and collaborate on documents through the use of track changes, sharing and reviewing, and the use of SkyDrive.

Term 2

Code Course Name Hours
  • MEXE Microsoft Excel 50

    • This course introduces the students to spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of spreadsheets and how to use the common features and functions of Microsoft Excel. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Excel where students learn how to enter and format data and use the various functions and formulas to manage and manipulate the data. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as performing quantitative analysis with logical, lookup, and various mathematical and financial functions. Depicting data visually is an important feature of Excel. Students will learn how to work with charts in Excel to produce a variety of different charts based on data housed in a spreadsheet. Finally, students will learn to handle large volumes of data with DataSets and tables.
  • MPXE Microsoft PowerPoint 50

    • This course introduces the students to presentation development and design with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 where you will learn about the common views, features, tools, and the environment of PowerPoint. The course then focuses on the core processes of development and design of robust PowerPoint presentations and enhancing the presentations with the rich media tools offered by PowerPoint. Students will learn to use the PowerPoint templates, outlines, and themes to design the presentation and then populate the slides with the various content items such as images, shapes, WordArt, SmartArt transitions, and other enhancements.
  • MOXE Microsoft Outlook 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.

Term 3

Code Course Name Hours
  • 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 latest developments in office technology are presented and practically applied as students draft standard legal documents (agreements,statements of claim and defense, letters and memos). Students are also introduced to the important skills of timekeeping, filing and the effective use of communication systems (telephone,fax). Law office, trust accounting concepts and procedures are covered. One of the most highly valued abilities of legal administrative assistants and paralegals is that of being able to prioritize and organize multi-task workloads. Students learn these important skills in tandem with problem solving and critical thinking skills development.
  • LIPE Litigation Procedures I 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 are 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.