Legal Administrative Assistant
||March and September
||Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
|Days & Times
8:30 am-3 pm
*NOTE: Textbooks are not included in tuition, and fees may change without notification.
"Even with a Bachelor's degree and experience, I still found job hunting very challenging. It's hard in a competitive employment market. UFV's LAA program delivered both depth and breadth of knowledge with refreshing emphasis on practical skills that exponentially increased my employability." ~ Margaret Meunier, 2014 LAA graduate
"Baker Newby LLP has had the pleasure of hosting several practicum students of the years. I find them well educated and prepared for the professionalism expected in our industry. I have hired many UFV students and expect to continue to do so in the future." ~Tim C. Wurtz, Administrator, Baker Newby LLP
Legal Administrative Assistants (LAA) qualify for a variety of administrative support positions in corporate, law enforcement agencies, government sectors including court services and Crown Counsel, federal, provincial, and municipal offices, notaries public, insurance companies, financial organizations, correctional institutions and real estate offices.
These diverse workplaces require assistants that have a higher skill set, knowledge base, and keen multitasking abilities. UFV’s LAA program offers students the most up to date industry knowledge and practical skills so that upon graduation, our students are job ready. This challenging career can be both personally and financially rewarding.
Upon successful completion of the Legal Administrative Assistant certificate, students may also continue their studies into the Paralegal Diploma program.
Step 1: Admission Requirements
As a candidate for the program, you are required to submit the documents listed below:
1. UFV application form online (no application fee required)
2. Grade 12 or equivalent
3. 40 wpm minimum typing speed. Contact Valley Personnel at 604-859-6511
4. One of the following:
a) One full year of administrative experience within the past three years
b) A certificate, within the past two years, of a business office training program
at the post-secondary level, equivalent to the Applied Business Technology certificate program
5. Submit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (OReg)
*If you don't meet the pre-requisites for the program, please contact us at 604-851-6308 to get you on your path for the program.
Funding: This program is eligible for student finance, contact Financial Aid
Textbooks: Contact UFV Bookstore
Student benefits: Contact Student Union Society (SUS)
Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Education department. If entrance requirements (1 - 5) above are met, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator.
Step 2: Application Review
7. Successful completion of a computer skills assessment
8. Willingness to undergo a security record check
Once you are accepted into the program, you may register. All fees are due at the time of registration.
UFV’s Legal Administrative Assistant certificate program will help prepare you to make the move from highly-skilled administrative assistant to a specialized legal administrative assistant fully versed in the support skills needed in the demanding legal profession. You will learn the basics of Canada’s legal system, study about civil procedures, pre-trial and trial procedures, and understand the nature of collections. You will also learn about wills, conveyancing, legal documents, family law, divorce proceedings, and letters of probate. UFV offers small class sizes for individualized attention.
The program is divided into eight courses as listed below. The first course is an overview of general legal procedures, and the remaining five cover the specialty areas of law. You will then participate in a practicum, and the last module is a full review of the program.
- Introduction to Legal Office Procedures
- Family Law
- Corporate Law
- Wills and Estates
You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, practicum, and examination results. You must achieve an 85 percent overall grade average and attendance of 90 percent in each course to earn the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded. Students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.
There is a two week practicum component that must be taken immediately following the six theory modules. You must successfully complete the theory components before you can be assigned a practicum placement. You will be responsible for your own transportation to your practicum site.
Who knows more about legal administrative assistant duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.
In addition to a selection of Continuing Education courses and certificate programs, UFV offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs as well as diplomas, trades certification, and other specialty certificate programs. For more information about programs at UFV please visit our homepage at ufv.ca. You may then be interested in contacting Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counseling.
updated Sept 30, 2015