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Main Programs and Courses Legal Programs Legal Administration

Legal Administration

The legal industry provides many rewarding and challenging career paths. Legal administrative assistants are valued, vital and well-paid members of any legal office.

The Legal Administration diploma program at Reeves College will train you to run a highly efficient legal office. This 43 week intensive program covers a combination of general office skills and legal-specific training. You'll learn computer skills, commonly used software, advanced keyboarding, and legal transcription as well as train in vital areas of business communication, customer service and employment. You'll also gain an understanding of the Canadian legal system, the court structure, legal protocols and the day-to-day operations of a legal office. Our program will prepare you to work in small or large law firms, or in legal departments of law corporations.

Specially designed to help get you into the workforce, our hands-on program includes a five week internship. On graduation, you'll receive a Legal Administration Diploma.


This program is 43 weeks in length.
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Program Courses
CES4 / Career and Employment Strategies
Students will have the use of our Job Search lab which has unlimited access to the Internet, a job search resource library, fax machine and a phone for contacting prospective employers with their resumes. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job finding resources, interview skills and techniques, and to carry out mock interviews. Students will review core program concepts and learning in order to market their skills effectively.
EBW4 / Effective Business Writing
Following the completion of this course, students will be able to: describe business communications in today’s workplace; communicate in teams using listening, nonverbal and meeting skills; plan, write and review various types of business messages; communicate effectively using memos, email, letters and instant messages; create business reports and proposals; plan, write and deliver oral presentations.
EOS4 / Executive Office Simulation
This course helps prepare students for the real world of office work. It provides a simulated office environment where students can practice the skills learned in previous courses.
PRAC100 / Practicum
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee in order to gain the valuable "real world" experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory. (PR: All coursework)
MSA4 / Microsoft Access
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic commands, functions, and capabilities of Microsoft Office Access. Students learn how to create tables and forms and how to search for data, sort and filter data, and create and modify queries. Reports and charts can be created using the data.
MSE4 / Microsoft Excel
The main objective of the first level of this course is to introduce students to the basic commands, functions, and capabilities of Microsoft Office Excel. In the second level of this course, students will begin with a review of the basic operations and then move to more advanced topics that include working with functions, customizing formatting, using drawing tools, hyperlinks, data tools, databases, cell formatting, drawing objects and customizing charts.
MSP4 / Microsoft PowerPoint
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic commands, functions, and capabilities of Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
MSW4 / Microsoft Word
The main objective of the first part of this course is to introduce students to the basic commands, functions, and capabilities of Microsoft Office Word. In the second segment, this course will go further to introduce students (as experienced users) to some advanced features of Word in order to produce professional documents, manage large files, work with web documents, collaborate with others, or merge data together.
L1014 / Introduction to the Study of Law
Students will be provided with an overview of the Canadian legal system, legal institutions and the structure of the Canadian court system. Students learn about the history of Canadian law, including an analysis of the development of the Canadian constitution. The Legal Professional Act and the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta will be discussed with a view towards professionalism and ethics in the field. There will be an examination of the roles and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. Students will learn how to interpret statutes and will attune their skills in legal reasoning. The Doctrine of Precedent, along with current issues, developments in Canadian law and the process of law reform will also be overviewed in this module. The process of law reform, the Law of Equity and how to distinguish case law and Stare Decisis will also be covered.
L1024 / General Legal Office Procedures and Documentation
In this module students learn about the day-to-day organization, management and procedures of a legal office. The latest developments in office technology are presented and practically applied as students draft standard legal documents (agreements, statements of claim and defense, letters and memos). Students are also introduced to the important skills of timekeeping, filing and the effective use of communication systems (telephone, fax). Law office and trust accounting concepts and procedures are covered. One of the most highly valued abilities of legal administrative assistants and paralegals is that of being able to prioritize and organize multitask workloads. Students learn these important skills in tandem with problem solving and critical thinking skills development.
L1044 / Civil Litigation I
The focus of this course is on civil litigation. Students learn the steps for opening and maintaining a litigation file and the Alberta court litigation stages and procedures. Familiarization is built with different types of damages and claims as well as the procedures for proving a claim. Students gain experience preparing all relevant documents (for pre-trial and trial proceedings). Proceeding to trial is also covered, along with the procedure for actions (in Provincial Court and Civil Division). Mediation and settlement are introduced.
L1034 / Real Estate Law
This course focuses on the substantive law of real estate. Students are introduced to basic convenyancing procedures. The registration system in Alberta is covered, along with other forms and documents related to transfer/deed, charge/mortgage, and discharge of charge/mortgage. The structure of a real estate sale is illustrated. Students also learn the requirements when acting for the vendor or acting for the purchaser. Students also gain knowledge about closing a real estate transaction.
L1064 / Wills and Estates
In this foundation course, students learn about wills and estates planning, estate succession, testacy, intestacy, requirements of a valid will and execution procedures. There is an introduction to the roles of the Executor and Trustee. Students learn about the Notice to Beneficiaries, Living Wills, Power of Attorney and Representations Agreements. Assets, inheritance and estate inventory are also presented.In this foundation course, students learn about wills andestates planning, estate succession, testacy, intestacy,requirements of a valid will and execution procedures.There is an introduction to the roles of the Executor andTrustee. Students learn about the Notice to Beneficiaries,Living Wills, Power of Attorney and RepresentationsAgreements. Assets, inheritance and estate inventory arealso presented.
L1054 / Commercial Law
Students are introduced to the incorporation and organization of an Alberta company. There will be an overview of the Alberta Business Corporation Act, the Alberta Companies Act, the Societies Act, the Canada Business Corporations Act, and the Canada Corporations Act. Guidelines and procedures for selecting a corporate name are covered. Student understanding of corporate by-laws and corporate structure is built, along with the typical requirements of corporate meetings, minutes, resolutions and the duties of directors and officers. Students use legal precedents to prepare articles of incorporation and corporate by-laws. Experience is gained with routine filings and resolutions. Students learn how to set up and maintain corporate records in compliance with the new Business Corporations Act and Corporate Securities.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from day one, and developing the non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success.
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