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
This course introduces students to common office procedures. Topics 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 are covered.
MS Office Applications - 80 hours
This course will prepare 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.
Keyboarding - 20 hours
In this course, students will understand how to use a keyboard properly, and develop greater keyboarding speed and accuracy.
Business Communications - 60 hours
This course teaches students the essential skills for basic business writing and professional interaction. This course also emphasizes the role technology plays in the work place to enhance communication.
Customer Service - 20 hours
This course provides a foundation for customer service, and focuses on building life-long customer relationships through the development of positive customer care approaches
Career Preparation - 40 hours
In this course, students will be introduced to strategies for a successful job search, interview and career management.
Civil Litigation - 60 hours
This course provides the student with a theoretical overview of civil litigation, including the applicable court structure and legal terminology. Students are introduced to the procedural routes to be followed in the stages of litigation and the documents involved at the various stages.
Corporate and Commercial Law - 40 hours
This course introduces to the basic concepts, precedents and documents of Corporate and Commercial Law. The course emphasizes the preparation of documents to help students understand the application of these principles.
Family Law - 60 hours
In this course students will consider the definition of family from a legal standpoint. Students will review cases and precedents relating to annulments, separations, mediation, child abuse property and division property. Students will discuss defining cases relating to the field of family law and review common documentation.
Legal Transcriptions - 60 hours
Transcription skills will be taught in this course, as well as Latin terminology and use of legal citations in legal memoranda. Students will also be introduced to techniques on improving proofreading skills and use of punctuation and grammar.
Criminal Law - 40 hours
This course, Criminal Law, provides for a study of the Canadian Legal System by focusing on the nature of criminal law, Criminal Code offences, criminal defences, and the laws which guide the judiciary.
Immigration Law - 40 hours
Immigration is an integral part of our social, economic, and cultural reality in Canada and it is a rapidly growing area of law that is practiced across the country. This course will introduce students to the administrative aspects of Canadian Immigration Law and specifically expose students to the various rules, procedures, and applications as set out by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The course will also expose the students to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) so they are familiar with the refugee claim process and documentation.
Legal Keyboarding - 20 hours
Legal Keyboarding is a skill that that students will require in any legal office environment. This course will allow students to build upon your keyboarding technique and skills learned in the keyboarding course and continue to develop with legal documents.
Introduction to Electronic Document Processing - 20 hours
This course is focused on Eclipse SE with knowledge of litigation document production, e-discovery rules and anticipated jobs and roles using the tool.
Introduction to Human Resources - 20 hours
This course provides a general overview of the human resource functions that assist an organization deliver value through proper management of the employee life cycle.
Legal Office Procedures and Precedents - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the basic operations of a Legal Office Environment. Students will learn the basics of creating legal documents, maintaining client files, the common structures of law offices and basic legal financial transactions. In addition to covering these basics, students will discuss various issues relating to ethics, confidentiality and code of conduct in the legal field.
Real Estate and Conveyancing - 60 hours
This course familiarizes the student with issues and procedures involved in the transferring and mortgaging of real property.
Wills and Estates - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the basic legal procedures relating to Wills and Estates. The course pairs theory with practical completion of forms and wills. Students will review processes related to estates with a will and those with no will.
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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