Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma

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Welcome to our Online Course to become a Legal Administrative Assistant. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a support role within the legal field. Led by industry professionals, our expert-curated curriculum covers legal terminology, document preparation, research techniques, case management, and client communication. Engage in interactive learning experiences, including practical exercises and simulated scenarios, fostering critical thinking and active participation. Our flexible, self-paced format allows you to study anytime, anywhere, making balancing your education with other commitments easy. Join us today and embark on a rewarding career as a competent Legal Administrative Assistant. Enroll now and take the first step toward success.

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About This Program

This course is designed to smoothly transition students into post-secondary education and maximize their career path preparation for the workforce. Learn about various learning styles, effective goal-setting strategies, note-taking techniques, and testing methods to excel in your academic and professional endeavours. This program will equip you with essential skills to enhance your learning experience and succeed in your chosen career path.

What you will learn:

  • Identify traits of a successful master student
  • Develop a growth mindset and goal-setting techniques
  • Explain the advantages of notetaking when reading
  • Outline effective test preparation strategies

Microsoft’s signature email platform, Outlook, is the most common one in offices worldwide. This program teaches some of the most common and most used functions of Outlook; ones used daily in an office environment. Students learn to use the program’s file management system and how to edit text, format and print files received as part of incoming mail.

What will you learn:

  • Creating new email accounts
  • Assigning categories to tag, label and group messages
  • Use tracking options for messages
  • Set up automatic replies

Knowing the world’s most popular word-processing platform is crucial in a business environment. Whether you use Windows or Macintosh computers, this course offers practical, hands-on training to teach you how to format and manipulate Word documents. With this training, you’ll acquire the necessary skills to navigate the program quickly and confidently.

What will you learn:

  • Insert page numbers, reusable building blocks and hyperlinks
  • Using researcher and clipboard
  • Using field documents
  • Recording, saving, editing and running automated macro tasks

Learn by doing while employing skill-based simulations to learn the intricacies of creating a functional spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. Hands-on situations build a working understanding of the platform’s complexity while teaching its core features. Input and format data, then create the formulas to shape that data into usable information. Using your data, you can create charts and graphs to illustrate your findings best. Like Word and Outlook, knowing Excel is vital to securing a position in an office environment.

What will you learn:

  • Calculate totals using the quick analysis tool
  • Build, edit and run queries
  • Filter and sort data using auto fillers and slicers
  • Adding, changing and forecasting values using Trendlines

In today’s ever-changing work environment, effective communication is essential for success. This course focuses on the critical components of successful communication, including improving written communication skills, mastering proper communication techniques, navigating various workplace scenarios, and creating impactful business presentations. By gaining knowledge and skills, participants will be equipped to excel professionally and leave a lasting impression.

What will you learn:

  • Describe the main factors that affect an organization’s types and amount of communication
  • Describe the four principles of document design: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity
  • Write direct, orderly, and favourable answers to inquiries
  • Create compelling sales messages that capture attention, incorporate persuasive appeals, utilize relevant visual aids, and prompt action effectively

Designed to provide students with the necessary English language skills to obtain significant employment opportunities in today’s modern business environment, this course includes a comprehensive overview of regular syntax, grammar, and spelling errors that can differentiate students from other job candidates. Additionally, students will receive practical training in utilizing standardized proofreading marks to edit business documents efficiently. Students can improve their professional prospects and stand out in the fierce job market by developing these skills.

What will you learn:

  • Explain and apply the various methods of proofreading documents
  • Understand and apply the principles of on-screen proofreading
  • Apply the commonly used abbreviation rules
  • Find and fix errors in pronoun-antecedent agreement

Throughout this course, you will comprehensively comprehend the Canadian legal system. As a student, you will delve into the history of Canadian law, the Constitution of Canada, the Legal Professional Act, and the Law Society of Alberta regulations while also reviewing professionalism and ethics in the field.

What will you learn:

  • Identify the characteristics of the legal system in democratic societies.
  • Know the difference between substantive and procedural law.
  • Understand and utilize the concept of parliamentary supremacy within the Canadian framework.
  • Know the difference between the three branches and functions of government.

This course covers various legal topics such as general law, civil litigation, family law, real estate law, and corporate and estate practices and procedures. It includes updates on legal systems and the changes brought about by technology, particularly in electronic filing and registration for corporate and real estate matters.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the meaning of fees and disbursements
  • List the basic and soft skills necessary for law clerks, paralegals, legal assistants, and legal administrative assistants
  • Know and be able to explain the different types of letter styles for legal office correspondence
  • Understand and apply proper statute and case citations

Students gain practical experience conducting primary and secondary research using various legal resources such as legal documents, annotated reports, law reviews, and case comments by taking this course. It also covers the importance of properly citing sources and analyzing case law, statutes, regulations, and legislation. By the end, students will have a solid understanding of legal research methods and the skills necessary to succeed in the legal field.

What will you learn:

  • Know and understand the basic legal research steps
  • Define bylaws and know what they legislate
  • Identify and describe the steps to examine a fact situation
  • Know the difference between binding law and persuasive law

In this course, students will have the opportunity to gain familiarity with various software programs that are frequently used in the legal industry. Students learn to assess different support software options that can assist lawyers in optimizing their document and transcript search, organization, and analysis procedures for case preparation. This is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to develop their skills and knowledge of legal software technology.

What will you learn:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic legal office accounting procedures, such as legal fees, docket fees, and applying and applying GST to legal goods and services
  • Know the difference between the two types of bank accounts in a legal office
  • Understand the basics of legal accounting, including types of accounting, accounting firms, and accounting software
  • Navigate software programs like PC Law, EsiLaw, Clio, and CosmoLex

This class focuses its emphasis on the significant aspects of real estate law. Students learn the procedures involved in conveyancing, encumbrances, mortgages, and land title systems prevalent in Alberta.

What will you learn:

  • Describe the responsibilities of an estate trustee
  • Explain how co-owners of a property hold title to land and the right of survivorship
  • Explain the obligations of a mortgagor
  • Understand the functions and benefits of wills

In this course on civil litigation, students will gain a solid foundation in the legal procedures and stages involved in civil litigation in Alberta courts. Students will learn to prepare pre-trial and trial proceeding documents and gain an understanding of the procedure for action in the Provincial Court and Civil Division. This course is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the civil litigation process and prepare them for success in their legal careers.

What will you learn:

  • Define litigation and discuss parties to litigation
  • How to identify and describe the four types of evidence
  • How to define and identify the three types of injunctions
  • Describe the procedures for pre-trial conferences and pre-trial conference briefs

This class offers students theoretical and practical knowledge of the family court system in Alberta. Students will be able to delve into various aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, child welfare, and child support, while also developing practical skills such as completing a contested divorce file and understanding filing procedures. Students get a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the family court system, allowing them to be better equipped to navigate the legal process.

What will you learn:

  • Know the role domestic situations play in when issues arise when couples live together, marry or separate
  • The concepts that determine custody, support, and property division
  • Know which courts handle each case
  • The steps involved in sole/straightforward and joint divorces

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of commercial law, focusing on the structure of Alberta companies. The curriculum covers key topics such as the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Alberta Companies Act, the Canada Corporations Act, the Alberta Business Corporation Act, and the Societies Act. Upon completion, students will comprehensively understand the legal framework for incorporating and organizing a company in Alberta.

What will you learn:

  • Understand the challenges of business ethics and their relationship to legal requirements
  • The role of constitutional law has in protecting both commercial rights and freedoms
  • The process of accessing and managing legal services
  • Recite the litigation process

This class offers students an understanding of the foundational structure of corporate businesses. Throughout this course, students gain familiarity with various types of financial arrangements, learn about the creation and requirements for the transfer of companies, and become knowledgeable about typical documentation related to commercial transactions. Additionally, students go deeper into the intricacies of corporate business operations, including corporate governance, risk management, and strategic planning. There is also an emphasis on the importance of ethical decision-making and responsible business practices, providing students with a well-rounded education in corporate business.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the agency relationship and its relevance to business
  • Understand how the agency relationship ends
  • Describe the characteristics of the effective forms of business organization
  • List the rights and liabilities of shareholders and creditors

Offering a thorough understanding of the Canadian Legal System’s structure, this course covers various topics, including an introduction and overview of Criminal Law, Substantive Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. With the help of this class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the legal system and its functions. Whether you are a law student or just interested in learning more about the Canadian legal system, this course is the perfect place to start.

What will you learn:

  • Know the differences between substantive and procedural law
  • The role of the police in the criminal justice system
  • Identify and understand what constitutes an offence
  • The different sentencing options available under the Youth Criminal Justice Act

This course serves as an introductory guide to the energy industry fundamentals in Canada and Alberta. It comprehensively covers various aspects, such as the structure and market of Canada’s electricity industry, significant players, statistical data, and carbon emissions. Additionally, renewable resources and financing methods are extensively discussed. Students will also look into the energy opportunities and challenges within Canada’s gradual transition from fossil fuels to renewables.


What will you learn:

  • Discuss the applications, technologies, costs, barriers, and legal issues for renewables
  • Understand why renewable energy is essential to society
  • Know how energy is stored
  • The benefits of renewables and employment in renewables

Here, students are provided with an overview of the fundamental concepts in the energy industry of Canada and Alberta. It encompasses various aspects, such as the market structure of Canada’s electricity industry, significant players, statistical data, and carbon emissions. Additionally, renewable resources and financing methods are explored. The course also delves into the challenges and opportunities in the energy industry as Canada shifts towards renewable energy sources from fossil fuels.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the method, effects, and legal process of green building
  • Describe Alberta’s laws, policies, and strategies for renewable energy
  • Trends for the future of renewables in Canada
  • The new jobs that the growing renewable energy sector will create

This course provides an overview of energy management in Canada and Alberta, covering many topics, including energy management principles, energy managers, energy economics, and energy efficiency. It aims to improve comprehension of the challenges companies face in managing energy firms, focusing on renewable energy companies.

What will you learn:

  • Know solar energy and its two forms: passive and active
  • Discuss and describe tidal barrages and tidal streams
  • Know how electric vehicles, EV charging stations, electric buses, e-scooters, high-speed trains, and hyperloop rail systems are changing how things are done
  • The way hydroelectricity generates electricity and the two methods used for hydroelectricity: water storage (dams) and run-of-river systems

In this course, students will engage in practical exercises to enhance the essential skills required to seize opportunities in today’s job market. They will learn communication skills to ensure success throughout the job application process. By the end of the course, students will acquire the expertise to strategically plan, craft, and finalize a compelling résumé. They will also gain proficiency in effective job searching techniques and refine their presentation skills, enabling them to secure fulfilling employment opportunities.

What will you learn:

  • Building your résumé and creating an eye-catching LinkedIn profile
  • The AIDA approach to application letters
  • The sequence of job interviews
  • Preparing for job interviews

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Legal Administrative Assistant program are prepared to seamlessly move into a support position with a law firm or legal services organization. You will have the skills and knowledge of the legal system to be a welcome addition to any legal team. You will have the administrative skills necessary for such a position and a strong and thorough understanding of the law across several areas. This makes you a valuable and sought-after asset to the legal community.


All diploma courses have different grading systems. For most, it is a combination of homework, assignments, quizzes and exams.  Some course grading is 100% based on assignments or exams. 

  • Homework and Assignments – 40%
  • Review Quizzes – 30%
    These will test your comprehension of course materials following each section of the course.
  • Knowledge Assessments – 30%
    An overall assessment of the course material, may consist of one or more exams.
Average Duration

39 weeks at 20 hours per week.


All courses are taught in English.

Global Applications

Apply your new knowledge and skills around the World.

Textbook Included

World-class textbooks are available with no extra cost.

Transfer Credits

Module and MicroDiploma credits you have completed can be put towards a Diploma.

Program Textbooks

Below is a selection of textbooks students will use when taking this course. Our textbooks are painstakingly selected for their industry-standard content and authors who are considered leaders in their respective fields. 

Introduction to Law in Canada

An ideal resource for legal programs such as law enforcement, legal assistant, paralegal, law clerk, and legal research. The newly revised Introduction to Law in Canada is a modular text designed for instructors looking for a text tailored to their course needs. With 38 modules to choose from, including a new module on Law and technology, comprehensive coverage of the Canadian legal environment exists. Each module introduces students to a specific area of law and includes teaching aids that help contextualize and identify critical learning points.


Laurence Olivo: An Ontario lawyer, before retiring from the School of Legal and Public Administration at Seneca College in Toronto, he was a professor for three decades. In addition to teaching, he had a civil litigation and family law practice and worked for the Ontario Attorney General’s office. He also sat as a Deputy Judge in the Small Claims Court in the Greater Toronto Area. In his three decades of teaching, he has taught virtually all legal subjects at both the college and university levels, authored nearly 15 legal texts in various areas of law, and developed several online courses for use by post-secondary institutions and professional organizations.

Legal Office Procedures

Legal Office Procedures offers practical guidance for opening or closing a legal file. Readers will learn to select appropriate documents, identify relevant information, complete forms, and anticipate subsequent procedures in multiple legal situations. By addressing the most widely practiced areas of law in a single volume, this trendy book prepares readers for the classroom, the work placement, and the law office. 


Tina Kamakaris: Professor emeritus of Seneca College. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Professor Kamakaris is also a certified teacher under the Education Act of the Province of Ontario, having graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Professor Kamakaris combines her extensive experience as a college instructor with her legal office knowledge to create a high-quality Legal Office Procedures collection of works respected throughout professional and educational communities, setting a high bar that others aim to reach. The author uses a heuristic and intuitive writing style that is concise, easy to follow, and ideal for students new to the subject.

Criminal Law for Legal Professionals

Criminal Law for Legal Professionals, 3rd Edition presents a broad overview of criminal law and procedure in Canada. The text balances theory and practice while covering key subjects, including the Criminal Code, corporate liability in organizations, court jurisdiction, and appeals. This edition includes legislative updates, including Bill C-75, which has brought sweeping changes to substantive criminal law and how criminal offences are prosecuted. It also presents new case law, administrative sources, and an updated appendix that thoroughly explains and reflects the current state of paralegal scope of practice and regulation in Ontario. The appendix also includes a detailed and comprehensive list of summary conviction and hybrid offences (where the Crown proceeds by way of summary conviction) that fall within the scope of practice for paralegals in Ontario. This resource is ideal for preparing students for the paralegal profession in Ontario.


Michael Gulycz: A full-time professor at Seneca College in the School of Legal Office and Public Administration, where he has taught for 20 years. He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario and started practising law in 1987. Before joining Seneca College in 2002, Michael practised first as a partner in a small firm and then as a sole practitioner. His professional experience as a lawyer includes civil and criminal litigation, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, and wills and estates.

Build Job-ready Skills To Succeed in Canada

Take advantage of an increasing job market in Canada.


Job Postings


Average salary

Job Opportunities

Administrative Assistant
Executive Assistant
Office Manager
Operations Coordinator
Project Coordinator
CAD $52,000
CAD $70,000
CAD $60,000
CAD $65,000
CAD $65,000


These statistics are from and
from February, 2023 and may not represent
current employment numbers.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Writing

  • Law

  • Filing

  • Research

  • Communication

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Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma


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Affordability: Compared to other Canadian online and in-person colleges, we offer the same high-quality education at lower prices.

Top Learning Materials: We use the best textbooks and learning platforms available, written and recognized by industry experts.

Industry-experienced Instructors: Our faculty members come from the course industry and are up to date on the latest trends and techniques.

World-Class Skills: Canadian post-secondary education is recognized the world over for its excellence in preparing students to enter the global job market.

Cost Effective: Because we are online, there is no need to obtain a student visa or incur the financial or emotional costs associated with relocating to Canada for your studies.

Career-Focused Knowledge: Graduate prepared to enter the job market that corresponds to your field of study and ready to meet employer needs.


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Everything depends on your experience, location, industry, and the job market itself. According to the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, the median wage for Legal Assistants in Canada is $25.00 per hour. Legal Assistants in certain industries, such as corporate law or intellectual property law, may earn higher salaries than those in other areas of law.

According to the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, there is currently a shortage of qualified Legal Assistants in some regions of the country. The demand for legal services is expected to increase as the population ages, leading to a corresponding increase in demand for legal support services. Additionally, changes in the legal industry, such as the increasing use of technology and outsourcing, may create new job opportunities for Legal Assistants.

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