Legal Administrative Assistant certificate
This advanced program is intended for experienced office workers who wish to increase their career options or candidates with successful completion, within the past two years, of a business office training program at the post-secondary level, equivalent to the UFV Applied Business Technology certificate. This comprehensive, five-month, full-time program prepares students for employment in a variety of organizations including: law firms, real estate companies, financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, and government agencies such as court services and Crown Counsel offices.
Upon completion, graduates will be familiar with the use of legal vocabulary,
able to perform legal secretarial duties and procedures in all the specialty
areas, and able to apply principles of organizational and priority setting. Upon
successful completion of the theory component, students will be placed in a
For more information contact Mandy Watts at 604-795-2847 or 604-504-7441,
local 2847, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Grade 12 or equivalent (please submit a copy of your transcripts).
2. 50 wpm minimum typing speed (attach copy of certification).
3. Completion of an introductory computer course or equivalent experience,
and proficiency in WordPerfect or Word.
4. One of the following:
a.) one full year of secretarial experience within the past three
b.) successful completion, within the past two years, of a business
office training program at the post-secondary level, equivalent to UFV's
Applied Business Technology certificate (please submit a copy of your certificate).
5. A Business English assessment test score of at least 55%.
Assessment administered by Continuing Studies.
6. Personal interview.
7. Willingness to undergo a security record check.
8. A 500-word paragraph outlining your interest in the program.
When to apply
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
How to apply
1. Complete a UFV Application for Admission form (available at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply).
2. Attach all required documentation and return
completed registration package to the Continuing Studies office at the
3. All applicants will be interviewed by the instructor. You will be
contacted by telephone to arrange for an interview.
4. Once advised of acceptance into the program, you may register and pay the
Fees and additional costs
Please see the Continuing Studies webpage for current fee information. All fees which total more than $100 in a calendar year are fully tax
Financial aid is available from a variety of sources. For more information,
contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus.
A variety of bursary applications are also available from the Financial Aid and
Students will be evaluated for each unit in the program on classroom
participation, assignments, study projects, practicum, and by examination.
You must maintain a grade percentage of 85% and an attendance record of 90%
in each module.
You must successfully complete the theory components before being assigned a
Dates and location
This is a five-month, full-time program that runs Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-3
pm. Classroom instruction takes place at the Clearbrook Centre. The
practicum follows directly after successful completion of the theory components.
The program is divided into seven units as listed below. The first module is
an overview of general legal procedures, five cover the specialty areas of law,
and the last module is the practicum.
Introduction to Legal Office Procedures
The legal system
The legal secretary
Basic legal documents
Commencing civil procedures
Service and interlocutory applications
The nature of business
Incorporation for B.C. non-reporting companies
General corporate procedures
Wills and Estates
Wills and codicils
Letters of probate
Letters of administration
Transmission and distribution procedures
Introduction to conveyancing
Preliminary conveyancing procedures
Final conveyancing procedures
Divorce and Family Law
Introduction to family law
Undefended divorce procedures
Defended divorce procedures and
Provincial and Supreme Court, adoptions
The practicum must be taken immediately following the six theory modules.
For more information
Contact Mandy Watts at 604-795-2847 or 604-504-7441, local 2847. Email: