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Legal Assistant Diploma

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Description: Legal Assistants play a key role in a law office, a corporate legal department or the judicial system. A Legal Assistant will have excellent oral and written communication skills, time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Legal Assistants have superior computer skills, excellent attention to detail and proof reading skills, work well in both a team and independently, have a high standard of work ethics and be able to keep client information confidential. In addition, at the end of the 60-week program, students should be typing at an industry standard of 60 wpm.

Time Commitment:This is a two year (4 terms / 60 weeks total) Diploma program. A full course load per semester includes 5 courses. Students may elect to take fewer courses each semester; however it will take longer to complete the program.

Online Option: The Legal Assistant Diploma program is also available online offering you the flexibility to study at home. As you work through a course, your instructor is available to answer questions, explain concepts and provide continuous support and feedback via e-mail.

Career Possibilities: This program prepares you for a wide range of employment opportunities in legal support services. This is a growing field with excellent employment prospects. Students may be eligible for a free membership with the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals.

Need more info?

Contact the Student Advising Centre (formerly the Prospective Student Centre):
Phone: 403-410-1402
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Courses in Program

Online students may complete the courses in any order (subject to prerequisites). Please review course availability when putting together your schedule.

Download the Program Breakdown for  classroom delivery or the online delivery schedule.

Semester dates and other important dates: Important Dates

Core courses

Click on the blue box to view the course description and any prerequisite courses.  * Indicates course that is also available online.

ADMN 1101 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I (3 credits)*

This course covers the alphabetic and numeric keys by touch using proper techniques, with an emphasis on developing accurate keyboarding speed. 

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

ADMN 1102 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding II (3 credits)*

This course will build on the skills developed in ADMN 1101 – Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I. Students will key by touch and continue to increase their speed and accuracy. Students will work on drills containing both general and legal terminology.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1101 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I

ADMN 1103 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding III (3 credits)*

This course builds on the skills developed in ADMN1102 – Keyboarding/ Skillbuilding II. Students will key by touch and with correct technique, and continue to increase their speed and accuracy. In addition, students will work on drills containing legal terminology.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online:  Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1102 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding II

ADMN 1701 - Communication Fundamentals (3 credits)*

This course will help you develop the essentials of effective communication for business settings. It will emphasize the importance of correct and current business English in written and oral communication. By editing and composing a variety of relevant emails, memos, and letters, students will enhance their written communication skills and strategies.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 1201 - Introduction to the Legal Profession (3 credits)*

This course provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of the Canadian legal system, and the role of Legal Assistants in that system with an overview of the principle of tort, contract law, and employment law.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 1401 - Legal Document Processing I (3 credits)*

This is an introductory course to MS Word and document processing. Students will learn basic and intermediate MS Word skills which can be applied to a variety of documents. Focus will be placed on correctly formatting legal business letters as well as attention to detail and proofreading.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 1402 - Legal Document Processing II (3 credits)*

This course builds on legal terminology and a focus on keying more advanced legal documents using commands and functions in Microsoft Word.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017  Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1401 - Legal Document Processing I

LEGL 1501 - Litigation I (3 credits)*

This course is an introduction to civil litigation procedures in the courts of Alberta. The various steps of a litigation file are studied in chronological order, from opening the file and gathering information, through drafting of procedures, and questioning, up to trial and post-trial procedures.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 1502 - Litigation II (3 credits)*

This course examines the Alberta Rules of Court and the procedural documents used in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta with respect to co-defendants, thirds parties, counterclaims, case management, dispute resolution, formal offers, experts, judgments, fiats, orders, costs, jury trials, and class action lawsuits.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1501 - Litigation I

LEGL 1601 - Introduction to Real Estate (3 credits)*

This course is designed to give an introduction to Real Property Law with an emphasis on procedural aspects that form part of a real estate practice. In addition to gaining theoretical knowledge of land ownership, students will be introduced to the various tasks that form part of a real estate practice.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2101 - Corporate Law (3 credits)*

This course introduces the area of corporate law with an emphasis on the role and duties of a legal assistant. The course will review the different ways in which a business can be structured and how the law office will assist in this process. Learners will prepare the documentation and complete the administrative duties with respect to sole proprietorship, partnerships and corporations. The emphasis of this course will be on the private business structure; however, an introduction and overview to publically traded corporations will occur.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2102 - Commercial Law (3 credits) [Online Only]*

This course outlines the procedures for how businesses borrow money, manage their affairs, and buy or sell assets or shares. Students review the documents commonly used in commercial transactions including commercial leasing, commercial financing of real and personal property, and the sale and purchase of a business. The course will also review procedures relating to partnerships and partnership agreements.

Available:
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017  Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1601 - Introduction to Real Estate
LEGL 2101 - Corporate Law

LEGL 2103 - Family Law (3 credits)*

This course is an introduction to the role of the legal assistant in the theoretical and procedural practices of Family Law. The student will be introduced to the various statutes that govern family law, the jurisdiction of the court, the ethics involved in the sensitive area of family law, the different rights and obligations arising in a formal marriage and common law marriage, the divorce procedure for both contested and uncontested divorces, an overview of the division of matrimonial property, interim applications, and an overview of child and spousal maintenance and custody and access of children.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1501 - Litigation I

LEGL 2104 - Wills & Estates (3 credits)*

This course is designed to examine the process of drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives including an examination of drafting rules and theories. The requirements for an application under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act will also be briefly examined.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2105 - Criminal Law (3 credits)*

This course provides an overview of criminal law in Canada. Students will be introduced to Criminal Court procedures and the handling of a criminal law file.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2401 - Legal Information Processing*

This course is an introduction to MS Outlook, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Students will acquire skills for computer applications that are making their way into the legal practice.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1401 - Legal Document Processing I

LEGL 2402 - Legal Transcription (3 credits)*

This course covers transcription of legal correspondence and documents from recorded instructions. This course will further assist in expanding legal vocabulary and reinforce legal office practices and procedures while the student transcribes authentic case files.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1102 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding II
LEGL 1402 - Legal Document Processing II

LEGL 2601 - Credit & Collections (3 credits)*

This course introduces the theory and practice of debt collection. The focus of the course is on the tasks and documentation completed in a law office when working on an unsecured credit file, secured credit file, foreclosure matter and landlord collection file.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1501 - Litigation I

LEGL 2701 - Law Office Procedures (3 credits)*

This course presents the fundamentals of law office procedures including basic principles and structures of the day to day routines within a law firm environment. Students will become familiar with basic duties of a legal assistant including file management, law firm accounting, appointment scheduling, time management, reminder systems, office interactions and mail and courier routines.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2999 - Legal Assistant Capstone Course (3 credits)*

This is a capstone course for Legal Assistants that provides the opportunity to practice skills and legal knowledge obtained in previous courses.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1701 - Communication Fundamentals
LEGL 1601 - Introduction to Real Estate
LEGL 2103 - Family Law
LEGL 2101 - Corporate Law
LEGL 1204 - Wills & Estates

Co-requisite(s):
LEGL 2402 - Legal Transcription

Optional Work Experience

Work Experience (workplace practicum) offers you the opportunity to use your new skills in the workplace, receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience,and enjoy networking opportunities. Work Experience is offered as an unpaid, non-credit work placement scheduled at the completion of all your required courses. Length of Work Experience is 4-6 weeks.

More Information on Work Experience 

1. Students must apply to Work Experience in the first semester of their program and will receive approval upon meeting all prerequisites. 

2. Students who choose to complete the optional Work Experience must write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one of their program. Successful achievement of the TOWES credential is one prerequisite for Work Experience eligibility.

3. Prior to Work Experience placement, students must complete the Employment Preparation course (ADMN9988). Course fee is $150.00. This fee is not covered by student loans as it is non-credit.

4. Students who secure a Work Experience placement (ADMN9999) will complete full-time work over a 4-6 week period that is scheduled at the completion of all the required courses. Course fee is $200.00. This course is not covered by student loans as it is non-credit.

ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation (0 credits)*

This course will cultivate skills in researching job opportunities, marketing tools such as a cover letter and resume, participation in a job interview and development of a career portfolio. Employment Preparation also includes an overview of employee and employer relations. ADMN 9998 Employment Preparation is optional and noncredit, but is a requirement for ADMN 9999 Work Experience. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans as it is non-credit.

Prerequisite:
15 credits in the Chiu School of Business courses

ADMN 9999 - Work Experience (0 credits)

This course will bridge classroom study with the Calgary workplace through experiential learning. Representing Bow Valley College, Learners will have opportunity to use their new technical skills; observe/integrate into office culture; work on soft skills/communication skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to their resumes; possibly gain employment or referral; and receive evaluation from the host. Regular attendance in placement is key to success. Open communication is maintained throughout placement among learners, hosts and Student Engagement Officers.

Prerequisites:
ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation
Approval of the Department

Contact a Student Engagement Officer for further details regarding Optional Work Experience.

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