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Legal Administrative Assistants (LAA) are trained in law office procedures, law office technology, and legal terminology. They are expected to have specialized skills and knowledge pertaining to the legal profession, including Corporate, Civil, Family, Wills & Estates, and Criminal law. LAA’s must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be technically savvy and pay strong attention to details and time management. Law firms look for those who value good judgment, discretion, a proactive work ethic, and well-developed interpersonal skills.
Legal Administrative Assistants attend meetings and take minutes and assist lawyers in collecting legal and factual documents. They communicate with opposing counsel and other parties, clients, vendors and judicial and administrative staff. An LAA is responsible for scheduling depositions, site inspections, hearings, closings, and meetings for lawyers and other legal staff.
Often times, LAAs will prepare legal documents and notices and update transactional documents with the most recently negotiated language. Once complete, they transmit this legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials by electronic filing, mail, fax, or messenger. LAAs are expected to complete administrative forms, such as time cards and expense reports for supervising lawyers or those traveling on behalf of their firm.
Theory: 35 weeks
Internship: 4 weeks
Potential Career Paths After Completing the Program
Legal Assistants can make on average $19.87 – $22.36 per hour.
*(source: ca.indeed.com 2020)
Candidates must submit a copy of their Secondary School Diploma (OSSD, GED, or better), if this is not available they will be required to pass the Scholastic Level Exam (SLE).
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This module provides opportunities for students to learn to transcribe accurately legal material such as correspondence and documents using transcription software.
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