Program Description

Our Legal Assistant program combines a solid foundation of office skills with an emphasis on how those skills are used in law offices. Practical, hands-on training, provides students with the opportunity to learn the principles of office procedures, terminology, and accounting as they are used in the legal industry.

In addition to this, our Legal Assistant program provides an introduction to the different areas of specialization in legal practice. These include corporate and business law, criminal law, family law, civil litigation, real estate law, and wills and estate law. The program gives participants training in the solid communication and technical skills needed to serve these diverse areas, as well as the interpersonal and soft skills that will build the confidence needed to assist the variety of clients encountered in this profession.

Included in this program is a one-month practicum which enables students to apply their in-class theory to a real-world setting. Arranged at reputable Law Offices and Court Houses, this practicum allows students to get a clear understanding of the demands of work and creates a clear path to enter into the workforce following graduation.

Next Program Start Dates: December 02, 2019 || January 06, 2020

31 Week Program | 700 Hours

27 Weeks of In-Class Training | 540 Hours

4 Week Practicum | 160 Hours

Diploma

Legal Assistant

31 Weeks

Course Duration

Calgary

Program Location

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

  • Minimum age for student is 18.
  • Alberta High School Diploma verified by transcript or non-Alberta equivalent.
  • Pass screening interview with College Admission department.
  • All students must pass the criminal background check.

Mature Admission

  • Mature students must have been out of high school for at least 1 year and minimum age of 19.
  • Take ABM admission test (Wonderlic).
  • Pass screening interview with College Admission department.
  • All students must pass the criminal background check.

Method of Learning

  • Powerpoint lectures
  • Simulation exercises
  • Interactive class discussions
  • Engaging and dynamic in-class theory
  • Guest speakers

Who Should Enrol?

If you are an individual with a passion to work at a law firm and think of yourself as motivated to work on your skill levels to perfection, then this program is for you!

For further information about our Legal Assistant program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.

Method of Learning

  • Powerpoint lectures
  • Simulation exercises
  • Interactive class discussions
  • Engaging and dynamic in class theory
  • Guest speakers

Who Should Enrol?

Students should consider a career as a Legal Assistant if they are interested in and would like to pursue a career within the legal system, but are not interested in practicing law or attending law school. Legal Assistants require excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to accurately work in a fast paced environment, strong organizational and time-management skills, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. This short program is designed to meet the needs of both students looking to start a career and foreign trained lawyers looking for experience in the Canadian legal system.

If you enjoy interacting with clients, conducting research, and are interested in the legal sector, act now by enrolling in our Legal Assistant program and taking the first step towards your new career!

Job Opportunities

  • Legal Firms
  • The Legal Departments of Large Corporations
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Municipal, Provincial and Federal Courts
  • Related Government Departments and Agencies (for example, land title offices)

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

  • Minimum age for student is 18.
  • Alberta High School Diploma verified by transcript or non-Alberta equivalent.
  • Pass screening interview with College Admission department.

Mature Admission

  • Mature students must have been out of high school for at least 1 year and minimum age of 19.
  • Take ABM admission test (Wonderlic).
  • Pass screening interview with College Admission department. All students must pass the criminal background check.

For further information about our Legal Assistant program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.

Course Components

Course Description: Students will gain an understanding of the general overview of the canadian legal system. Many of the topics included in this course are: the structure of government, it's branches and agencies, the courts and the history of common law. Students will also learn about Indigenous Law and International Law.

Course Description: Students will learn about lawsuits, its procedures, its documentation, and communication with Alberta courts. Also covered in this course is the introduction and drafting of pleadings, including statement of claim, statement of defense, counterclaims, cross claims, the commissioning of affidavits and notarizations, class actions and limitation dates (deadlines for lawsuits).

Course Description: This course is an introduction to contracts, consumer protection law, various types of agreements and its execution. Students will also learn about employment law, credit and collections.

Course Description: Students will learn about different types of business structures including sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and franchises. Also included is the process of incorporation and its documents, Corporate Minute Books, litigation affecting businesses and shareholders and partners (shareholder agreements and partnership agreements). 

Course Description: This course covers wills, power of attorneys, healthcare directives, guardianships and trusteeships, wills interview questionnaires, intestate succession, validity of a will and the signing of a will.

Course Description: Students will learn about family law legislation including the Dower Act, marriage versus divorce, common law relations, best interest of the child, separation, family law litigation, maintenance (spousal and child support), travel consent letters and the division of matrimonial property.

Course Description: Students will learn about the Criminal Code of Canada and its offences, the definition of a crime (mens rea + actus reus), the types of criminal offences and their defences, criminal procedures and the court system, arrest and detention, constitutional rights, discharge and release, rehabilitation and criminal appeals.

Course Description: This course covers types of property, real estate process from start to finish, purchase contracts, mortgages and financing, purchase sale and refinancing, real estate documents (including: transfer of land, dower consent), condominiums, land titles office (certificate of title), real estate litigation, joint tenancy versus tenancy in common, closings and possession of property. 

Course Description: Students will learn about trademarks (trademark infringement), copyrights (copyright infringement), patents, industrial design, case law, dealing with intellectual property litigation, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and Integrated Circuit Topography (ICT).

Course Description: This course covers licensing + permitting for energy companies, environmental + energy laws (provincial, municipal and federal), energy contracts (power purchase agreements), royalty agreements, energy industry, renewable energy and fossil fuels.

Course Description: Students will learn about the Canadian immigration process including federal immigration laws (Immigration & Refugee Protection Act), immigration template documents, appeals, categories of immigration, permanent residence, work permits, visitor visas, skilled workers, Provincial Nominee Programs, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada agency (IRCC).

Course Description: Students will learn how to create a resume or CV tailored to the legal profession to assist with finding employment after graduation.

Course Description: This course consists of a 4 week practicum placement. Students will gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills they've attained with case facts, maintaining digital databases, referencing law libraries, preparing and delivering affidavits and anything else a lawyer might need during trial from their in-class training.

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