Legal Administrative Assistant Program Outline & Career Information

Legal assistants and paralegals prepare legal documents, maintain records and files and conduct research to assist lawyers and other professionals. Notaries administer public oaths, take affidavits, sign legal documents and perform other activities according to the limitations of their appointment. Trademark agents advise clients on intellectual property matters. Independent paralegals provide legal services to the public as allowed by government legislation, or provide paralegal services on contract to law firms or other establishments.

Legal Administrative Assistants perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties in law offices, legal departments of large firms, real estate companies, land title offices, municipal, provincial and federal courts and government.

Intro to Computers and Microsoft Office

This module will provide students with an overview of Microsoft Office and create skills that permit them to work with several MS modules as they relate specifically to project management. Students will develop skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

Legal Terminology

Students build a vocabulary of common legal terminology used within a law office, government agency, court systems, social services and current affairs through practice, study guide and quizzes.

Legal Office Procedures

Legal office procedures helps students gain insight into law office environments; the requirement to be confidential, have good work ethics, provide timely reporting, record minutes, and maintain a high level of accuracy in everything they do. The student will acquire the skill sets necessary to find employment in many legal areas; General Law, Litigation Law, Family Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, and Wills and Estates Law.

Legal Research and Report Writing

In this module the student will cover the points of legal research and writing that are indispensable to a legal administrative assistant including a problem-based approach to both research and writing.

Legal Administration

Students learn to apply administrative skills to a variety of legal areas within a multi-
faceted legal office environment with emphasis on the practices and procedures of law including: Family Law and Criminal Law, as well as the practices involved in Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate and Small Claims Court

General Accounting

This module covers the fundamentals of bookkeeping and reporting of financial records as they relate to the requirements set by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Simply Accounting Sage

In this module, students will gain a basic overview of the Sage Simply Accounting features; including day-to-day processing, month and year end reporting and procedures.

PC Law

This module provides students with an overview of PC Law’s software. Project based day-to-day processing is an integral component of this course and includes features that will assist with the management of the law firms business, such as Time and Billing, Accounting, and Practice Management.

Interpersonal Skills and Business Communications

The students will acquire a basic understanding of all forms of communication (verbal, nonverbal, oral, group, and written) and the important role they play in obtaining employment within the IT and Business Industry. The students will also develop skills in writing resumes, cover letters and other job-search skills.

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