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Specialist in Applied Information Technology - LCE.3V Option: Legal Administrative Assistant

The legal profession is full of opportunities for motivated and detail-oriented people. Information technology is particularly important to the functioning of modern law offices. CDI College's Specialist in Applied Information Technology -  LCE.3V Option: Legal Administrative Assistant program gives students a broad understanding of the Canadian legal system.

This program covers the fundamental terminology, legal office procedures, record keeping and bookkeeping skills you need to thrive in a law office. Students also receive hands-on training in keyboarding, transcription skills, and word processing programs. This program will prepare students to work as a legal trainee or as an assistant in legal departments of family, financial, corporate, real estate and other law firms.
  • Secondary V diploma or its recognized equivalent
  • Successful admission test 



Conditions for admission to an Attestation of College Studies (ACS)
A person who has received instruction considered sufficient by the college and meets any of the following conditions may be admitted to a program of studies leading to an Attestation of College Studies:


  • the person has interrupted his or her full-time studies or pursued full-time postsecondary studies for at least 2 consecutive terms or 1 school year;
  • the person is covered by an agreement entered into between the college and an employer or by a government program of studies;
  • the person has interrupted his or her full-time studies for one term and pursued full-time postsecondary studies for one term; or
  • the person holds a Secondary School Vocational Diploma.
This program leads to an ACS (Attestation of College Studies) recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education (Permit 749747).
This program is offered in English or French.

Program Courses

412-1T1-ID - Introduction to Information Technology

Desktop and Windows ™ file system. Difference between software and operating systems. Definition of computer functions. Management of files and directories. Use of the Internet and the Web (advanced search, quality information from reliable sources, etc.). How to set up an email account using a public provider (read, organize, and send messages). Introduction to ergonomics, priority management (ranking, telephone calls, organization of the day and office priorities, working method, report preparation). Customer service. Communication, professionalism and ethics in the workplace.

412-TT1-ID - Word Processing I

Fundamentals of Microsoft Word™, a word processing software. Typing techniques. How to use basic page layout elements such as margins, fonts, file manipulation, editing commands, special effects, formatting, headers and footers, table of contents. Spellcheck. Legal terminology.

412-TT2-ID - Word Processing II

Advanced notions of Microsoft Word™. How to use advanced page layout elements such as table merges, producing envelopes and labels, forms, macro commands, columns, graphic functions, and inserting images. Legal terminology. Typing techniques. Rules for presenting a report in proper and due form.

412-0AR-ID - Tools for Report Writing

Advantages and disadvantages of different writing support tools. Support tools on the Web. Direct mail and merging documents. Dynamic table of contents. Report writing. Spelling and grammar corrections. Letters, memos, grammar guide, organization of a meeting (notice of meeting, planning a calendar and agenda, meeting simulation, note taking and preparation of minutes).

412-CE1-ID - Spreadsheet I

Fundamentals of the Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet. Default settings. Editing commands, application of special effects, cell formatting, printing, creation of graphics. Applications for the legal sector (preparation of an expense account, purchase of office supplies, calculation of salaries, etc.).

412-BD1-ID - Database Management Systems I

Fundamentals of Microsoft Access™, a database manager. Design of a database and its tables. Entering, editing, deleting and saving items. Creating and modifying a query using a condition. Selection and design of screen formats, creation, modification and printing of reports. Applications in the legal field (client, appointments, etc.).

412-BD2-ID - Database Management Systems II

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Access™. Design and creation of legal databases (clients, appointments, lawyers' schedules, forms, etc.). Design and use of tables. Creating queries using multiple conditions. Design and adaptation of reports. Integration of the different software of Microsoft Office™ suite in the same application.

412-LDP-ID - Presentation Software

Fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint™, a presentation software. Document creation – how to use images from the artwork bank, insertion of sound effects, etc. Advanced layout concepts: creating, opening, saving a Portable Document Format document (PDF), universalizing the file exchange format, presenting and using the browser, modifying objects, using pencils and markers, management of bookmarks, articles and links. Reach the target audience. Professional presentation. Applications to the legal sector (training activities, waiting room presentations, etc.).

412-1NT-ID - Internet Technology I

Basics of Microsoft Outlook™, an email software. Main suppliers and services offered. Professional e-mail writing. Attachments. Computerized signature. Management of e-mails, folders, agenda (schedule conflicts) and priorities. Tracking tasks (reminders). Convocation and invitation to meetings. Labels on the Web. Search engines, loading files from the Internet, image importing. Introduction to creating, editing, and saving Web pages.

412-1NF-ID - Computer Graphics Fundamentals

Fundamentals of Microsoft Publisher™, an infographic software. Screen page design, style design, pictorial organization mode. Editing a composition. Positioning objects. Using images and objects. Matching graphics. Mounting grids and color palettes. Graphic design of reports. Legal applications: production of posters and leaflets.

412-CEJ-ID - Spreadsheet II

Advanced notions of Microsoft Excel ™. Automation of tasks. Protection of data and workbooks. Statistical functions, financial functions, analysis functions, logical functions, search functions and data functions (filters and sorting). Legal applications such as statistics (customer profile, etc.) and accounting operations related to legal acts (billing, wages, etc.).

412-MPJ-ID - Introduction to the Legal Environment

Distinction of legislative powers. Distinction of the various levels of the judicial system. Information on the laws and the organization of the judicial system. Bilingual legal terminology. Presentation of working tools: Civil Code of Québec, Code of Civil Procedure etc. Legal research.

412-APC-ID - Civil Law Deeds

Rules specific to the written procedure for acts preceding instruction: legal steps and deadlines. Preparation and formatting of the back of the procedures. Judicial stamp. Filing of an act at the registry. Filing of applications (in court, introductory proceedings, amendment or withdrawal of pleadings, etc.) and registration. Preparation and presentation of the expense statement.

412-ACN-ID - Notarized Deeds

Notarial deeds and special formalities. Rules for formatting notarial deeds. Authentic deeds, semi-authentic deeds and private deeds. Bureau of the Publicity of Rights (role and functioning). Advertising (effects and modalities). Types of notarial procedures: the will, the mandate of incapacity, the power of attorney, the succession, the marriage contract, the contract of real estate sale, the mortgage deed, etc. Registration of the records in the appropriate registers. Billing.

412-PF1-ID - End of Studies - Project I

Application of the technical elements seen during the program. Application of the knowledge, know-how and skills developed during training. Adoption of the rules of professional ethics related to the practice of the profession. The project can take the form of an internship in a professional environment.

412-PF2-ID - End of Studies - Project II

Application of the technical elements seen during the program. Application of the knowledge, know-how and skills developed during training. Adoption of the rules of professional ethics related to the practice of the profession. The project can take the form of an internship in a professional environment.

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