Professional Legal Assistant Diploma

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We are pleased to present our online course to help you become a proficient and valuable Professional Legal Assistant. This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in a support role within the legal field. Industry experts lead our program, and it covers essential areas such as legal terminology, document preparation, research techniques, case management, and client communication. The course offers interactive learning experiences, including practical exercises and simulated scenarios, that promote critical thinking and active participation. Our flexible self-paced format allows you to study anytime, anywhere, so you can easily balance your education with other commitments.

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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:

  • Develop the ability to recognize the characteristics of a successful student
  • Cultivate a positive mindset and employ effective goal-setting methods
  • Understand the benefits of note-taking while reading
  • Formulate comprehensive strategies for effective test preparation

Microsoft’s signature email platform, Outlook, is found in most offices worldwide. In this class, students learn some of the most used functions of Outlook, ones used by both administrators and staff. You will learn to use Outlook’s file management system, edit text, and format and print files received as part of incoming mail.

What will you learn:

  • Establish fresh email accounts
  • Organize messages by tagging, labeling, and categorizing them
  • Utilize tracking options for effective message management
  • Configure and activate automatic reply features

In a business setting, being familiar with the most widely used word-processing platform is essential. Whether you work on a Windows or Macintosh computer, our course provides practical, interactive instruction on formatting and editing Word documents. This training will equip you with the proficiency to navigate the program efficiently and confidently.

What will you learn:

  • Create reusable building blocks and hyperlinks and insert page numbers
  • How to use researcher and clipboard
  • Create and use field documents
  • Record, save, edit and run automated macro tasks

Gain practical experience through skill-based simulations to master creating functional spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. Through hands-on activities, you will develop a deep understanding of the platform’s complexity while learning its core features. Begin by inputting and formatting data and then creating formulas to manipulate the data into valuable insights. With your data, you can craft visual representations such as charts and graphs to present your findings effectively. Excel, Word, and Outlook are essential for securing a position in an office environment.

What will you learn:

  • Employ the quick analysis tool to compute totals efficiently
  • Generate, edit, and execute queries for data manipulation
  • Apply auto fillers and slicers to filter and arrange data effectively
  • Incorporate Trendlines to add, modify, and forecast values

Effective communication plays a pivotal role in achieving success in today’s dynamic work environment. This course emphasizes the essential elements of successful communication, such as enhancing written communication abilities, mastering appropriate communication techniques, handling diverse workplace situations, and creating impactful business presentations. With the acquired knowledge and skills, participants can elevate their professional performance and make a lasting impact.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the primary variables influencing an organization’s communication types and quantity
  • Know the four principles of document design: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity
  • Write clear, concise, and favourable answers to inquiries
  • Craft engaging sales messages that grab readers’ attention, employ persuasive techniques, feature relevant visuals, and encourage prompt action

This course will equip students with the essential English language skills to secure employment opportunities in the contemporary business world. It provides a detailed overview of regular syntax, grammar, and spelling errors that may set students apart from other job applicants. Furthermore, students will receive practical training in using standardized proofreading marks to edit business documents efficiently. By developing these skills, students can enhance their professional prospects and distinguish themselves in the competitive job market.

What will you learn:

  • Familiarize yourself with various techniques for proofreading documents and be able to apply them effectively
  • Comprehend and employ the principles of proofreading documents on-screen
  • Utilize frequently used abbreviations appropriately in your writing
  • Locate and rectify errors related to pronoun-antecedent agreement

This course will give you a strong understanding of the Canadian legal system. As a student, you will explore the history of Canadian law, the Constitution of Canada, the Legal Professional Act, and the Law Society of Alberta regulations. Additionally, you will review professionalism and ethics in the field.

What will you learn:

  • The characteristics of the legal system in a democratic society
  • Understand the difference between substantive and procedural law
  • Understand the concept of parliamentary supremacy and how it is used within the Canadian framework
  • The difference between the three branches of government and their functions

In this course, you will learn about various legal topics, including general law, civil litigation, family law, real estate law, and corporate and estate practices and procedures. You will also receive updates on legal systems and the impact of technology, with a particular focus on electronic filing and registration for corporate and real estate matters.

What will you learn:

  • Understand the distinctions between fees and disbursements
  • Compile a comprehensive list of fundamental and interpersonal skills required for law clerks, paralegals, legal assistants, and legal administrative assistants
  • Gain knowledge about the various letter styles used in legal office correspondence
  • Familiarize yourself with the correct formats for statute and case citations

In this course, students will acquire practical experience conducting primary and secondary legal research using various resources such as legal documents, annotated reports, law reviews, and case comments. The course also emphasizes the significance of appropriately citing sources and analyzing case law, statutes, regulations, and legislation. Upon completion, students will thoroughly understand legal research methods and the essential skills required to thrive in the legal profession.

What will you learn:

  • Acquire proficiency in conducting the fundamental steps of legal research
  • Understand the concept of bylaws and their legislative scope
  • Recognize and elucidate the sequential steps involved in analyzing a factual scenario
  • Differentiate between binding law and persuasive law and comprehend their respective implications

Throughout this course, students will explore a wide range of software programs commonly utilized in the legal field. By doing so, students will learn how to evaluate different support software choices to help attorneys streamline their document and transcript search, organization, and analysis processes for case preparation. This course is highly recommended for those who want to enhance their proficiency in legal software technology.

What will you learn:

  • Show your proficiency in fundamental legal office accounting procedures, including legal fees, docket fees, and applying GST to lawful products and services.
  • Understand the distinction between the two types of bank accounts commonly used 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.

In this class, the focus is on the crucial aspects of real estate law. Students learn about the conveyancing procedures, encumbrances, mortgages, and land title systems commonly used in Alberta.

What will you learn:

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

By taking this civil litigation course, students will understand the legal procedures and stages involved in civil litigation within Alberta courts. They will develop the skills to prepare pre-trial and trial proceeding documents and comprehend the process for action in the Provincial Court and Civil Division. The course is designed to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of the civil litigation process and prepare them for a successful legal career.

What will you learn:

  • Define litigation and an overview of the parties that are involved
  • Identify and describe the four types of evidence
  • Define and identify the three types of injunctions
  • Know pre-trial conferences and the necessary steps to prepare pre-trial conference briefs

In this course, students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the family court system in Alberta. They can explore different facets of family law, such as divorce, child custody, child welfare, and child support. Additionally, they will learn practical skills, such as completing a contested divorce file and understanding filing procedures. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the family court system, providing them with the tools to navigate the legal process more effectively.

What will you learn:

  • How domestic situations are affected when couples live together, marry or separate
  • What determines custody, support, and property division
  • Which courts handle each type of case
  • The differences and steps involved when dealing with sole/straightforward and joint divorces

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of commercial law, focusing on the structure of companies in Alberta. The curriculum will cover essential topics such as the Canada Business Corporations Act, Alberta Companies Act, Canada Corporations Act, Alberta Business Corporation Act, and Societies Act. After completing this program, students will thoroughly understand the legal framework for incorporating and organizing a company in Alberta.

What will you learn:

  • The challenges surrounding business ethics and their relationship with legal requirements
  • Constitutional law and its role in protecting commercial rights and freedoms
  • How to access and manage legal services
  • Be able to recite the litigation process

In this course, students will gain an in-depth comprehension of the fundamental structure of corporate businesses. They will familiarize themselves with different financial arrangements, understand companies’ creation and transfer requirements, and learn about the typical documentation involved in commercial transactions. Furthermore, students will delve into the complexities of corporate business operations, including corporate governance, risk management, and strategic planning. There is also an emphasis on the significance of ethical decision-making and responsible business practices, which contributes to a comprehensive education in corporate business.

What will you learn:

  • The agency relationship and how it is relevant to a business
  • How the agency relationship ends
  • The characteristics and the effective forms of business organization
  • The rights and liabilities required of both shareholders and creditors

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the structure of the Canadian Legal System. It covers various topics, such as Criminal Law, Substantive Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. By taking this class, you will better understand the legal system and its operations. Whether you are a law student or simply curious about the Canadian legal system, this course is an excellent starting point.

What will you learn:

  • The differences between substantive and procedural law
  • What role the police have in the criminal justice system
  • What exactly constitutes an offence under the law
  • What options are available regarding sentencing under the Youth Criminal Justice Act

In this course, students will gain insight into the essential concepts of the energy industry in Canada and Alberta. The topics covered include Canada’s electricity market structure, key players, statistical information, and carbon emissions. The course also explores renewable resources, financing options, and the challenges and opportunities that arise as Canada transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

What will you learn:

  • Know the methods, effects, and legal processes of green building
  • Provide information about Alberta’s laws, policies, and strategies regarding renewable energy
  • Future of renewables trends in Canada
  • What jobs the growing renewable energy sector will create

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the energy industry fundamentals in Canada and Alberta. It 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 thoroughly discussed. As part of the course, students will explore the opportunities and challenges within Canada’s gradual transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how applications, technologies, costs, barriers, and legal issues can affect renewables
  • Know why renewable energy an essential issue for society is
  • The way energy is stored
  • How renewables are a benefit and the future of employment in renewables

This course offers a comprehensive insight into energy management in Canada and Alberta, encompassing various topics like energy management principles, energy managers, energy economics, and energy efficiency. Its objective is to enhance the understanding of companies’ challenges while managing energy firms, particularly renewable energy companies.

What will you learn:

  • Solar energy and both its passive and active forms
  • Discuss and describe tidal barrages and tidal streams
  • Gain insight into the transformative impact of electric vehicles, EV charging stations, electric buses, e-scooters, high-speed trains, and hyperloop rail systems on how we operate
  • How hydroelectricity generates electricity and the two methods used for hydroelectricity: water storage (dams) and run-of-river systems

This course is designed to help students develop the necessary skills to take advantage of opportunities in the current job market. They will participate in practical exercises that enhance their communication skills to ensure success during the job application process. By the end of the course, students will have gained expertise in strategically planning, crafting, and finalizing a compelling résumé. They will also learn effective job search techniques and improve their presentation skills, enabling them to secure fulfilling employment opportunities.

What will you learn:

  • Develop a compelling résumé and a robust LinkedIn profile
  • Utilize the AIDA approach for crafting impactful application letters
  • Understand the stages involved in job interviews
  • Get ready for job interviews through thorough preparation

The capstone project will test a student’s cumulative knowledge of what they have learned throughout the course. They will put their skills to the test and get a feel for what they will experience in an objective legal office setting. This is an integral part of the course and gives students the experience they will need as they embark on their careers.

Program Objectives:

Upon completing the Legal Administrative Assistant program, graduates can confidently transition into a support role within a law firm or legal services organization. With a comprehensive understanding of the legal system, you will be a valuable addition to any legal team. Your administrative abilities and extensive knowledge of the law across various disciplines make you a highly sought-after asset in 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. 

  • 40% Homework – Review each chapter covered.
  • 30% Quizzes – These will test your comprehension of the course material.
  • 30% Final Exams – One exam following the course
Average Duration

44 weeks at 20 hours per week.


All courses are taught in English.

Canadian Application

Apply your new knowledge and skills to a career in Canada.

Textbook Included

World-class textbooks are available with no extra cost.

Earn Credits

Module credits can be put towards a future Diploma or MicroDiploma program.

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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Professional Legal Assistant Diploma


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Recognized Canadian Education
By completing this course, you will earn recognized Canadian educational credentials in this subject. Canadian post-secondary institutions are considered some of the best and most affordable academic institutions in the world.

Priority Support
All Sundance College students have access to priority technical support with regards to their online learning. 

Credits Transfer to all Sundance Colleges within Canada
All module credits are transferable. They may be used to complete all applicable Sundance College Diploma Programs.

Shareable Certificate upon completion
You can share your module on your LinkedIn profile, on printed resumes, CVs, or other documents.


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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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