Legal Administrative Assistant

Credential Certificate
Tuition $7,500*
Duration 5 months
Intakes March and September
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Days & Times Mon-Fri
8:30 am-3 pm
Format Technology Enhanced (Technology is used in the classroom)
Program Start March, 2017

*NOTE: Textbooks are not included in tuition, and fees may change without notification.

"Even with a Bachelor's degree and experience, I still found job hunting very challenging. It's hard in a competitive employment market. UFV's LAA program delivered both depth and breadth of knowledge with refreshing emphasis on practical skills that exponentially increased my employability." ~ Margaret Meunier, 2014 LAA graduate

"Baker Newby LLP has had the pleasure of hosting several practicum students of the years. I find them well educated and prepared for the professionalism expected in our industry. I have hired many UFV students and expect to continue to do so in the future." ~Tim C. Wurtz, Administrator, Baker Newby LLP

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: Admission Requirements

As a candidate for the program, you are required to submit the documents listed below:

1. Apply online
Grade 12 or equivalent
3. 40 wpm minimum typing speed within one year (for testing, view available test dates here)
4. One of the following:
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 Applied Business Technology certificate program
5. Submit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (OReg)

*If you don't meet the pre-requisites, please contact us at 604-851-6324 to get you on your path.

Funding: This program is eligible for student financial aid, contact Financial Aid
Textbooks: Contact UFV Bookstore

Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Education department. If entrance requirements (1 - 5) above are met, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator.

Step 2: Application Review

7. Successful completion of a computer skills assessment
8. Willingness to undergo a security record check

Once you are accepted into the program, you may register. All fees are due at the time of registration.

Program Information

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
  • Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Wills and Estates
  • Conveyancing
  • Practicum
  • Review

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.

Meet your Legal Administrative Assistant Instructor, Sabrina!

Sabrina has worked with the Continuing Education department at UFV since 2013. She teaches in both the Legal Administrative Assistant program and the Paralegal program. Sabrina has 10 years of hands on experience in the legal industry, her practice areas included both private sector and public sector employment. She is a member of the BC Paralegal Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

Sabrina is currently working toward completing a Provincial Instructors Diploma, and holds credentials in Legal Administration and Paralegal. Most recently Sabrina has completed training in superior online instructional skills, preparing her to transition many courses into an online environment.



updated January 2017


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