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Legal Assistant Diploma Program Edmonton

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Legal Assistants play an essential role in law firms and legal departments. From legal transcription to managing legal office procedures, their challenging work is vital to the successful operation of any law office or legal department. To be successful in the role, Legal Assistants must have administrative and communication skills as well as the ability to prepare legal transcriptions, legal documents, maintain documents and client files.

Program Overview

Program Highlights

Robertson College’s Legal Assistant program is designed to give you a basic understanding of office procedures and to equip you with the skills required to work as a Legal Assistant.

  • Gain an understanding of the basic components of Criminal Law, Family Law, Wills & Estates, Real Estate and Immigration Law
  • Learn to perform legal transcription which involves an understanding of legal terminology
  • Gain an understanding of common office procedures as well as procedures specific to a legal office setting
  • Learn how to use a keyboard properly and improve your typing accuracy
  • Develop your computer skills and learn to use Microsoft Windows applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Careers

  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant

Graduates will find employment in legal firms, legal departments within corporations, real estate agencies, insurance companies, government departments and municipal, provincial and federal courts.

Topics of Study

Administrative Office Procedures - 20 hours

Introduces students to common office procedures, such as human relations; organization structure and office layout; office technology; front-line reception; aspects of business communication specific to the office professional and record keeping.

Business Communications - 60 hours

Develops professional business skills necessary to communicate in a dynamic workplace while also emphasizing the role technology plays in communication and best practices for using technology in the workplace.

Career Preparation - 40 hours

Provides skills needed to effectively search for industry-related employment. Students prepare a resume, LinkedIn account, and cover letter and develop their interviewing skills.

Civil Litigation - 60 hours

Provides a theoretical overview of civil litigation, including the applicable court structure and legal terminology. Introduces students to the to the procedural routes required in the stages of litigation and the documentation at the various stages.

Corporate & Commercial Law - 60 hours

Reviews the basic structure of corporations as well as how to collect and prepare incorporation documents

Criminal Law - 40 hours

Studies the Canadian Legal System by focusing on the nature of criminal law, criminal code offences, criminal defences and the laws which guide the judiciary.

Customer Service - 20 hours

Provides a foundation for customer service and focuses on building lifelong customer relationships though the development of positive customer care approaches.

Family Law - 60 hours

A theoretical and practical look at Canadian family law is the focus of this course. Topics include divorce, annulments, separations, mediation, the division of property and child custody.

Immigration Law - 40 hours

Introduces students to Canadian immigration law, specifically, to the various rules, procedures, and policies set out by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Students also become familiar with the Immigration and Refugee Board (IFB) and how the refugee claim process functions.

Introduction to Electronic Document Processing - 20 hours

Provides attorneys a more efficient way to search for, organize, and analyze documents and transcripts when preparing a case. Students in this course become familiar with this software.

Introduction to Human Resources - 20 hours

Explores a general overview of the human resource functions that assist an organization to deliver value through proper management of the employee life cycle.

Keyboarding - 20 hours

Improves touch typing skills on a keyboard with a focus on improving speed and accuracy. This course increases job efficiency and understanding of work station ergonomics.

Legal Keyboarding - 20 hours

Focuses on keyboarding speed and accuracy of students when focusing on the preparation of legal documents using legal terminology.

Legal Office Procedures & Precedents - 60 hours

Introduces students to standard operating procedures in a legal office environment. Students learn the basics of creating legal documents, maintaining client files, and performing basic legal financial transactions. In addition to covering these basics, students consider various issues
related to ethics, confidentiality and code of conduct in the legal field.

Legal Transcription - 60 hours

Explores Latin terminology used within the legal field. Students learn how to use legal citations in legal memoranda. Emphasizes proper use of punctuation, grammar, editing and proofreading.

MS Office Applications - 80 hours

Prepares students to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications. Elements include the ability to create and manipulate Word, Excel, or PowerPoint applications, modify the display of toolbars and other on-screen elements, use online help, and perform file management, editing, formatting and printing functions common to most Windows applications.

Real Estate & Conveyancing - 60 hours

Familiarizes students with real estate law, and the legal procedures necessary to document the selling, transferring, purchasing and mortgaging of property.

Wills & Estates - 60 hours

Introduces students to the basic legal procedures relating to wills and estates.

Legal Assistant Program Practicum

Valuable workplace experience is gained during the compulsory 4-week full-time practicum.

Patricia Bennett

Patricia Bennett is an experienced Legal Assistant with close to 30 years of experience in the legal field. She has spent the majority of that time in general practice law firms but has worked in various areas of law too throughout the years.  Patricia also holds a certificate in Famly Law Mediation. In the classroom, Patricia is passionate about sharing her wealth of knowledge with her students. The legal field continually evolves and Patricia keeps up to date on new legislation, laws, policies, and procedures so that her students are well-prepared for the workforce. As an instructor at Robertson College, Patricia enjoys watching her students grow and develop throughout their educational journey and after, as employed Legal Assistants.

Patricia Bennett

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