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Legal Office Assistant - Camosun College

Paralegal and Legal Assistant Education in Canada

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Legal Office Assistant - Camosun College

Camosun College's 1-year Legal Office Assistant certificate is a career-oriented program designed to ready students for employment, career advancement, or further educational opportunities in legal office administration. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required 'for entry-level support positions in a variety of law-related settings.' These include general administrative skills such as 'business communications, keyboarding, word processing, information technology and records management' and 'a general knowledge of substantive law, procedural law, litigation and law foundations.' The ultimate goal of the Program is to equip students with the attitudes, work habits, and skills required to effectively perform the duties required of those employed in a legal administration environment. Such duties include prepare, manage, and maintain legal documents and correspondence, use profession-relevant mathematics and computer applications, and effectively communicate. Students will have the opportunity to apply and practice what they have learned in the classroom via an optional work experience placement, usually in a legal office. To graduate, students must 'successfully complete at least 50 credits from the program and obtain a keyboarding speed of at least 60 wpm with 5 or fewer errors.'

Graduates of the Program may pursue various career, career advancement, and/or further educational opportunities in legal office administration and related fields. For example, graduates can apply for entry-level positions in both the private and public sectors in places like law firms, court registry offices, corporate legal departments, financial organizations, government agencies, insurance companies, notaries public offices, private industry, and real estate offices, among others. The wide range of general office administration skills will also make the graduate a candidate for jobs in other office administration settings. Students should be aware that because of the nature of the work many employers may be unwilling to hire those who have a criminal record.

Graduates may also advance their studies in legal administration, or other areas related to law and criminal justice, at various post-secondary institutions across Canada. Graduates who are interested in legal office administration may, for instance, want to further their credentials for law clerk or paralegal work. Furthermore, 'graduates of the Legal Office Assistant program who acquire work experience in a legal setting and have appropriate aptitudes and interests may choose to pursue advanced training as legal assistants or lawyers.' Students interested learning more about transfer opportunities with the Program are encouraged to contact a Camosun College Academic Advisor.

To be eligible for admission to the Certificate program, applicants must submit proof of having earned 'a letter grade of C+ or higher in English 12 or TPC 12 or assessment,' and 'of of a letter grade of C or higher in Math 11 or Applications of Math 12 or Accounting 12 or ABT 184 or assessment, (or a C+ or higher in MATH 072),' and of the ability to type at least '35 words per minute with five or fewer errors.' The latter requirement 'must have been assessed by Camosun College not more than six months prior to the start of the Legal Office Assistant program.' Students requiring course upgrading should consult with the School of Access; inquiries 'regarding the admission requirements' are to be directed to an Academic Advisor. Although not required for admission, the College recommends applicants attain 'computer familiarity prior to beginning the program.'


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