Continuing Education

Legal Administrative Assistant certificate

Legal Professions

Boost your admin skills with a law specialization

Become a trained legal administrative assistant and support legal professionals in law, corporate, government, notary, insurance, or real estate offices.

When you graduate from the program, you possess a full range of essential skills in legal procedures, including litigation, family law, corporate law, wills and estates, and conveyancing. You are fully ready to launch a rewarding career in the legal field. You also have the option to continue your studies to earn a Paralegal certificate or diploma.

Legal Administrative Assistant Online Questions and Answers

Credential: Certificate

Format: Full time: September, in person | January, online

Duration: September, 5 months | January, 7 months

Days and times: September, Mon–Fri 8:30 am–3 pm | January, Online

Location: Abbotsford — Clearbrook Centre

Tuition*: $7,500

Program eligible for financial aid

Practicum available? Yes

Start dates: January, September

Application deadline:
December for January start date | August for September start date

* Tuition subject to change without notice. Textbooks are not included in tuition.

Employment facts

Legal Administrative Assistants (LAA) qualify for a variety of administrative support positions in corporate offices, law enforcement agencies, government services 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 you the most up to date industry knowledge and practical skills so that you are job-ready upon graduation. A career as a legal administrative assistant provides interesting and challenging work and can be both personally and financially rewarding.

Upon successful completion of the Legal Administrative Assistant certificate, you can continue your studies into the Paralegal certificate and Paralegal diploma programs.

Entrance requirements

Admission Requirements

You are not considered complete until these requirements have been met:

  • Apply online to program
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English 12 with a final grade of (C+) or higher, or a Composition Placement Test (CPT) with a grade of 48 or higher
  • Keyboarding speed of 40 net words
  • One year of administrative experience (within the past three years) or a certificate (within the past two years) in an administrative office training program at the post-secondary level, equivalent to the UFV Applied Business Technology certificate program   
Program outline


The program is divided into eight modules, as listed below. The first is an overview of general legal procedures, followed by five courses covering specialty areas of law.

  • Introduction to Legal Office Procedures
  • Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Wills and Estates
  • Conveyancing
  • Practicum
  • Review


In order to qualify for the practicum module, you must have successfully completed all previous coursework and attendance requirements. When you qualify for a practicum, UFV Continuing Education assigns you a practicum that provides you with meaningful work-like experience and exposure to the legal field.

Practicum placements reflect the business practices of the practicum host, which includes placement during standard business hours. Transportation to the practicum site is your responsibility and may require travel outside your community of residence. If you refuse an assigned practicum site you will need to find your own site and obtain departmental approval prior to the start of your practicum.

The Review course takes place after your practicum, when you return to the classroom for a full review of the program.

Please discuss any barriers that may affect your practicum assignment with UFV Continuing Education immediately after registration.



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"Baker Newby LLP has had the pleasure of hosting several UFV practicum students over 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

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