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 administrative 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
- Grade 12 or equivalent (please submit a copy of transcripts).
- 50 wpm minimum typing speed (attach copy of certification).
- Completion of an introductory computer course or equivalent experience,
and proficiency in Microsoft Word.
- One of the following:
- One full year of administrative experience within the past three
- 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 certificate).
- A Business English assessment test score of at least 55%.
Assessment administered by Continuing Education.
- Personal interview.
- Willingness to undergo a criminal record check.
- A 500-word paragraph outlining 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
- Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/apply.
Additional documents required for a complete application:
- 50 net wpm typing speed (attach copy of certification).
- Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
- Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
Fees and additional costs
Please see the Continuing Education webpage for current fee information. See the Fees and Other Costs section for additional information.
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
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 in Abbotsford. The
practicum follows directly after successful completion of the theory components and is held at various locations throughout the Fraser Valley.
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 administrative assistant
- Office systems
- Basic legal documents
Commencing civil procedures
- Service and interlocutory applications
- Pretrial procedures
- Trial procedures
The nature of business
- Incorporation for B.C. non-reporting companies
- Post-incorporation procedures
- 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
- Supplementary applications
- Provincial and Supreme Court adoptions
The practicum must be taken immediately following the six theory modules.
Students will be evaluated for each unit in the program on classroom
participation, assignments, study projects, practicum, and by examination.
Students must maintain a grade percentage of 85% and an attendance record of 90%
in each module. Students must successfully complete all theory components prior to practicum placement.
To be eligible to graduate, students must successfully complete both theory and practicum.
For more information
Contact Continuing Education at 604-851-6324, or 604-504-7441 local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441 local 6324, or firstname.lastname@example.org.