"My instructor makes all the difference. He is very helpful and informative." - Kayleigh S., Legal Administrative Assistant Student

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 36 weeks in length.

Job Opportunities
  • Commercial Law Clerk
  • Real Estate Law Clerk
  • Litigation Legal Assistant
  • Legal Researcher
  • Law Clerk
  • Title Searcher
  • Legal Assistant


Program Courses

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

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 Introduction to Computers 50

    • The first component of this course is designed to introduce students to basic computer literacy through familiarization with the components that make up a computer. Students will also look at the Windows operating system to learn how to manage a computer on a regular basis. The second component of this course will teach the basic skills required to work with a variety of business documents including the following MS Office Products Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The third and final component is designed to introduce students to considerations for living online. Students will look at what the Internet is and how e-mail has made a huge impact on communicating with others, as well as look at how to find information on the Internet and avoid risk to personal security while online.
  • TT1E Word Processing 75

    • In this course, students will learn the basic features of Microsoft Word. They will create documents such as letters, memos, forms and reports. The course will also cover formatting, headers and footers, font, table of contents and spelling correction.
  • ME7E Microsoft Excel 50

    • This course offers a case-oriented, problem-solving approach for learning Microsoft Excel. Students explore both basic and advanced features while creating a variety of documents such as budgets, marketing and sales reports, forecasts, and statistical tables.
  • MP7E Microsoft PowerPoint 50

    • Students will explore both basic and more advanced features of Microsoft PowerPoint while creating visually attractive and effective presentations.
  • MA7E Microsoft Access 75

    • This course offers a case-oriented, problem-solving approach for learning this powerful database management system. It covers the basic to more advanced features of Microsoft Access – from creating queries, forms and reports to advanced queries, Briefcase, macros and Visual Basic.
  • 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.
  • WOAE Word Processing - Advanced 50

    • This course will allow you to continue perfecting the use of Microsoft Word to produce a variety of properly formatted documents. You will continue to practice working with the MS Word application interface, tools and features. You will apply the word processing skills that you learned in level 1 to produce different types of business documents. This course relies solely on hands-on practical activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis. The objective of this course are not to determine whether you are knowledgeable in any specific facet of a business , but rather on the application of the word processing skills and techniques.
  • 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.
  • MO3E Microsoft Outlook 25

    • Students work with basic and more advanced features of Microsoft Outlook to manage messages for efficient communication, maintain personal and business contacts, and organize appointments and tasks.
  • 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.
  • GLPE General Law Office Procedures 40

    • This course introduces the student to the law office environment and the day-to-day procedures affecting all support staff. The effective operation of a transcription system is also covered and students gain an awareness of the practical skills necessary to be a competent legal administrative assistant.
  • WESE Wills and Estates 25

    • An overview of the legal principles governing the making of a will; the terminology used in wills; preparation and execution of the will; testacy and intestacy; and obtaining letters and administering the estate.
  • RELE Real Estate Law 65

    • This course focuses on the acquisition, sale, and mortgaging of residential property and all related documentation; as well as the role of the legal administrative assistant when representing a purchaser or vendor.
  • CLIE Civil Litigation 60

    • This course serves as an introduction to the court system within the province and examines the basic rules of the court. The course also examines the processing of a civil action from the originating process to the Bill of Costs. The procedural steps of applications and the procedural steps of motion proceedings are covered as well.
  • FLAE Family Law 35

    • This course provides an overview of the legal principles governing the drafting, preparation and execution of domestic contracts and the processing of all types of divorce proceedings, as well as familiarization with family law proceedings.
  • CCLE Corporate and Commercial Law 35

    • This course introduces the various forms of business ownership, steps required to incorporate, basic legal procedures and documents associated with buying and selling business assets, and the registration of a security interest in personalty. 
  • PCLE Principles of Canadian Law and Legal Terminology 15

    • This is the final legal course of the Legal Administrative Assistant program and represents a comprehensive review of all previous legal courses. This review helps students appreciate the intertwining nature and degree of overlap between the various areas of law.
  • 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.
  • PRAC Practicum/Work Experience 80

    • Students are required to complete a total of 80 hours of outside work experience. This is a non-payment work experience.