Legal Administrative Assistant
*Note: Textbooks are not included in tuition and fees may change without notification.
Legal Administrative Assistants (LAA) qualify for a variety of administrative support positions in corporate, law enforcement agencies, government sectors including court services and Crown Counsel, federal, provincial, and municipal offices, notaries public, insurance companies, financial organizations, correctional institutions and real estate offices.
These diverse workplaces require assistants that have a higher skill set, knowledge base, and keen multitasking abilities. UFV’s LAA program offers students the most up to date industry knowledge and practical skills so that upon graduation, our students are job ready. This challenging career can be both personally and financially rewarding.
Upon successful completion of the Legal Administrative Assistant certificate, students may also continue their studies into the Paralegal diploma program.
|STEP 1: ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
As a candidate for the program, you are required to submit the documents listed below:
1. UFV application form (no application fee required)
2. Grade 12 or equivalent
3. 50 wpm minimum typing speed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4. One of the following:
a) One full year of administrative experience within the past three years
b) A certificate, within the past two years, of a business office training program
at the post-secondary level, equivalent to the ABT certificate program
5. Submit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (O'REG)
Funding: This program is eligible for student finance, contact Financial Aid
Textbooks: Contact UFV Bookstore
Student benefits: Contact Student Union Society (SUS)
Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Studies department. If entrance requirements (1 - 5) above are met, you will be contacted for an interview with the instructor.
|STEP 2: APPLICATION REVIEW & SKILLS ASSESSMENT
6. Personal interview with the instructor
7. Successful completion of a computer skills assessment
8. Willingness to undergo a security record check
9. A 500-word paper outlining you interest in the program
Once you have been accepted into the program, you may register and fees will be due at this time
UFV’s Legal Administrative Assistant certificate program will help prepare you to make the move from highly-skilled administrative assistant to a specialized legal administrative assistant fully versed in the support skills needed in the demanding legal profession. You will learn the basics of Canada’s legal system, study about civil procedures, pre-trial and trial procedures, and understand the nature of collections. You will also learn about wills, conveyancing, legal documents, family law, divorce proceedings, and letters of probate. UFV offers small class sizes for individualized attention.
The program is divided into eight courses as listed below. The first course is an overview of general legal procedures and the remaining five cover the specialty areas of law. You will then participate in a practicum and the last module is a full review of the program.
- Introduction to Legal Office Procedures
- Family Law
- Corporate Law
- Wills and Estates
You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, practicum and examination results. You must achieve an 85 percent grade average and attendance of 90 per cent in each course to earn the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.
There is a two week practicum component that must be taken immediately following the six theory modules. You must successfully complete the theory components before you can be assigned a practicum placement. You will be responsible for your own transportation to your practicum site.
Who knows more about legal administrative assistant duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.
604-854-4559 or 1-888-504-7441, local 4559
In addition to a selection of Continuing Studies courses and certificate programs, UFV offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs as well as diplomas, trades certification, and other specialty certificate programs. For more information about programs at UFV please visit our homepage at www.ufv.ca. You may then be interested in contacting Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counseling.
last updated November 2013