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  • Objectives
    In the 12-month Legal Office Assistant program you'll get the skills and knowledge for entry-level support positions in a variety of legal, government and general business environments. You'll gain general knowledge of substantive law, procedural law, litigation and law foundations. You'll also learn: * business communications, * keyboarding, * word processing, * information technology, and * records management.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in Legal Office Assistant
  • Course description
    Academic Term 1 (Fall)
    Courses


    ENGL 150 English Composition
    LGL 110* Legal Document Production
    LGL 112 Legal Office Accounting
    LGL 114 Foundations of Law
    LGL 160 Word Processing 1 - Legal

    Academic Term 2 (Winter)
    Courses


    ABT 171 Office Computer Essentials
    LGL 110* Legal Document Production
    LGL 120 Fundamental Civil Litigation
    LGL 122 Real Estate Law & Conveyancing
    LGL 124 Family Law and Procedure

    Academic Term 3 (Spring)
    Courses

       
    LGL 110* Legal Document Production
    LGL 130 Corporate Law, Criminal Law
    LGL 132 Wills and Estates
    LGL 161 Word Processing 2 - Legal

    Practicum (Summer)
    Courses


    LGL 110* Legal Document Production
    LGL 140 Integrated Practice Experience

    * Self-paced; taken during each term until completed. 3.0 credits granted upon completion.

    Additional two hours of lab practice time will not include new material taught by instructor.

    LGL 110 Legal Document Production

    (3 credits) F, W, P, S (4,2,0,0)

    This skills course will familiarize students with four areas of legal document production: keying legal documents (keyboarding or alternate format for students with a related, documented disability, with Chair approval), legal editing and proofreading, effective note taking and speed writing, and legal transcription. Each area will involve mastery through directed exercises and timings.

    Prerequisite(s): English 12 or TPC 12, or ENGL 092, or assessment; and, assessment of a keyboarding speed of 35 wpm with five or fewer errors in a 5-minute timing using conventional keyboarding technique.
    Co-requisite(s): LGL 114.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): LGL 160.

    LGL 112 Legal Office Accounting

    (Formerly ABT 142)

    (3 credits) F (3.5,.5,0,0)

    This course introduces students to basic accounting procedures required to maintain financial records in legal offices. Topics include: the accounting cycle; functions of accounting; taxes; forms of business organization; bank reconciliation; petty cash; trust accounting; and, special reporting for law offices. It also introduces students to computerized accounting software.

    Prerequisite(s): "C" in Principles of Math 11 or Applications of Math 12, or Accounting 12, or "C+" in MATH 072, or assessment.

    LGL 114 Foundations of Law

    (Formerly ABT 140)

    (3 credits) F (4,0,0,0)

    This survey course gives students a general introduction to the law applied in British Columbia, including: legal principles and concepts; sources of law; and, the legal system's structures and processes. Students are also introduced to specific fields of law and basic terminology to prepare for later, specialized legal courses.

    Prerequisite(s): English 12 or TPC 12, or ENGL 092, or assessment.

    LGL 120 Fundamental Civil Litigation

    (Formerly ABT 150)

    (3 credits) W (4,0,0,1)

    This course introduces students to the functions and duties of a legal office assistant or secretary working in the area of civil litigation in British Columbia. Subjects covered include specialized terminology, court forms, and the Rules of Court relating to preparing, handling and managing documents and correspondence associated with a typical file.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 114.

    LGL 122 Real Estate Law & Conveyancing

    (Formerly ABT 156)

    (3 credits) W (4,0,0,1)

    This course introduces students to the functions and duties of a legal office assistant or secretary working in the area of real estate law and conveyancing in British Columbia. Subjects covered include specialized terminology, forms, and rules relating to preparing, handling and managing documents and correspondence associated with typical files.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 112, LGL 114.

    LGL 124 Family Law and Procedure

    (3 credits) W (4,0,0,0)

    This course introduces students to the functions and duties of a legal office assistant or secretary working in family law in British Columbia. Subjects covered include specialized terminology, forms, and the Rules of Court relating to preparing, handling and managing documents and correspondence associated with typical family law files, along with client relations.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 114.

    LGL 130 Corporate Law, Criminal Law

    (Formerly ABT 154)

    (3 credits) P (4,0,0,0)

    This course introduces students to the functions and duties of a legal office assistant or secretary working in the areas of corporate law and criminal law in British Columbia. Subjects covered include specialized terminology, forms, and rules relating to preparing, handling and managing documents and correspondence associated with typical files in these two areas.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 114.

    LGL 132 Wills and Estates

    (1.5 credits) P (4,0,0,0)

    This course introduces students to the functions and duties of a legal office assistant or secretary working in Wills and Estates law in British Columbia. Subjects covered include specialized terminology, forms, and the Rules of Court relating to preparing, handling and managing documents and correspondence associated with typical files in these two areas.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 114.

    LGL 140 Integrated Practice Experience

    (5 credits) S (24 for 4 weeks,0,0,34 for 3 weeks)

    Students integrate and consolidate program content through integrative activities relating to knowledge, skills and values learned in previous courses, including: integration seminar; and legal practice experiences. Students develop personal learning goals and apply administrative skills to support effective law firm operation. Students learn legal records management procedures by creating and maintaining client, time and file records/systems that meet legal professional requirements.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 112, LGL 114, LGL 120, LGL 124, LGL 130, LGL 132, LGL 161.

    LGL 160 Word Processing 1 - Legal

    (3 credits) F (4,0,0,0)

    An introductory word processing course emphasizing the creation of business documents including letters, memos, tables, reports, minutes, and agendas. Appropriate word processing concepts will be included to ensure that the documents area create efficiently using MS Word.

    Prerequisite(s): English 12 or TPC 12, or ENGL 092 or ELD 092, or assessment.

    LGL 161 Word Processing 2 - Legal

    (Formerly ABT 144)

    (3 credits) P (4,0,0,0)

    Following LGL 160, this course introduces students to three elements that are gradually integrated: WordPerfect and efficiently using this software; legal documents and properly preparing them using WordPerfect; and, transcription - transferring spoken words to written form using WordPerfect and other electronic tools.

    Prerequisite(s): LGL 160.

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