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.
Robertson College Winnipeg’s Legal Assistant program is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of office procedures and to equip you with the skills required to work as a Legal Assistant or to provide administrative support within a legal office.
- Gain an understanding of Corporate & Commercial Law, Wills & Estates, Real Estate Law, Immigration Law and Civil Litigation
- Learn the fundamentals of the Canadian legal system and the terminology used within a legal setting
- Gain an understanding of common office procedures as well as procedures specific to a legal office setting
- Learn 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
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Secretary
- Judicial Clerk
- Administrative Assistant
- Administrative Professional
Graduates will find employment in legal firms, legal departments within corporations, real estate agencies, leasing offices, 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 and 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 and Estates - 60 hours
Introduces students to the basic legal procedures relating to wills and estates.
Legal Assistant Program Practicum
Participate in a 4-week work practicum to gain valuable work experience in a legal setting before graduation.
Andy Bunn is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (LL.B.). Andy has over 20 years of experience practicing law in the areas of civil litigation, family law, wills & estates, real estate law, as well as corporate and commercial law. Andy is also passionate about adult vocational education and has been helping students train for their new careers for the past 11 years.
Julie Wawryk has over 10 years of experience working as a Legal Assistant to senior lawyers in the areas of Family Law, Wills & Estates, Civil Litigation, and Foreclosures. Julie also has 5 years of experience working with students in the Pembina Trails School Division. Julie loved being a Legal Assistant and is excited to share her knowledge and experiences with adult student learners and help prepare them to enter into this field as a career.
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