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Legal Assistant Diploma

This two-year (60 weeks) Diploma program prepares you for a wide range of employment opportunities in legal support services. This is a growing field with excellent employment prospects. This program may also be completed online.

Career Possibilities

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.

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. 

Semester dates and other important dates: Important Dates

Click on the course to view the course description and any prerequisite courses. Note that all courses in this program are available in traditional classroom delivery and online delivery. Download the Program Breakdown for traditional classroom delivery or download a copy of the Online Delivery Schedule.

* 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. Word processing software will be used to enter and edit text and save documents.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 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.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

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

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

This course builds on the skills developed in ADMN 1102 – Keyboarding/Skillbuilding II. Legal Terminology will also be covered.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Semesters

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

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. An introduction of contract law will also be covered.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 1301 - Legal Office Communication (3 credits)*

This course covers the mechanics, style, tone and organization of communications, including e-mail, memoranda and letters. Oral communication skills will be developed through presentations and group work.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

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

This is an introductory computer course that covers basic skills in computer operation, theory and word processing.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 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 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 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 Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court, with an emphasis on the Court of Queen’s Bench.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 1502 - Litigation II (3 credits)*

This course introduces Provincial Court civil claims procedures, Chambers Applications and continues the progression in document preparation using specific Rules of Court and fact patterns.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1501 - Litigation I

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

This course is an introduction to real property law with an emphasis on procedures that form real estate practice.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2101 - Corporate Law (3 credits)*

This course focuses on small non-distributing corporations, including incorporation, maintaining a corporation, and dissolving procedures according to Alberta law.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

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

This course introduces covers the purchase and sale of a business, Master Sales Agreements, and security transactions.

Available:
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

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

LEGL 2103 - Family Law (3 credits)*

This course covers the Rules of Court, the Matrimonial Property Act, the Marriage Act, and the Divorce Act. Students will learn to produce documentation for a Prenuptial Contract, Separation Agreement, uncontested divorce, and a contested divorce.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1501 - Litigation I

LEGL 2104 - Wills & Estates (3 credits)*

This course covers personal representatives, administrators, trustees, guardians and beneficiaries as they relate to the preparation of a Last Will and Testament.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 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 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

LEGL 2401 - Legal Information Processing*

This course is an introduction to Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and other relevant legal software.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 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. Emphasis will be placed on the formatting styles applicable to legal documents.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

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

LEGL 2601 - Credit & Collections (3 credits)*

This course covers the processes for collecting on judgements, credit and collections, attachments, garnishments, and seizure and sale.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1501 - Litigation I

LEGL 2701 - Law Office Procedures (3 credits)*

This course focuses on procedures used in law firm administration, including reception and customer service, time management, information management, and routine office skills.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 Semester
Online: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 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 2016 Semester
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
LEGL 1301 - Legal Office Communication
LEGL 1402 - Legal Document Processing II
LEGL 2402 - Legal Transcription

Optional Work Experience

COURSE FEES APPLY
Contact a Student Engagement Officer for further details.

ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation (0 credits)*

This online course prepares students for ADMN 9999 Work Experience and future career. Topics include: work search techniques, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview skills, and success in the workplace. Employment Preparation is open to all Certificate students, and all students in the Legal Assistant Diploma and Interior Decorating Diploma. Employment Preparation is a requirement for ADMN 9999 Work Experience; otherwise it is optional. Course fee is $150.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit.

Prerequisite:
Completion of 15 program credits

ADMN 9999 - Work Experience (0 credits)

This optional Work Experience scheduled by the College provides hands-on practice in a workplace located within Calgary. Work Experience is four (4) weeks in length, with the exception of Legal Assistant Diploma, which is six (6) weeks in length. With the direct guidance of a workplace supervisor, the basic skills acquired through coursework are practiced. Regular contact with a Student Engagement Officer is provided and Work Experience requires full-time attendance. Course fee is $200.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit. For further information, contact your Student Engagement Officer.

Prerequisites (effective Fall 2015):
ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation
Minimum 2.60 Cumulative GPA
Minimum B- grade in Business Communication, Communication Fundamentals or Legal Office Communication
TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) completion
BVC Eligibility Requirements

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