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Legal Assistant

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Prepare for a career as a legal assistant working in a law firm, the court system or for a corporation by training in legal software, critical office skills and the preparation of legal documents for many areas of law, including real estate, corporate and litigation.


Grad Employment Rate


Median Starting Salary

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,554
Year 2: $4,734
Year 1 (International): $14,445
Year 2 (International): $15,120

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: academic ranking and an in-person panel interview, if required. 

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to March 1, 2017.

Program Details

Program Description

Legal assistant studies at SAITThe Legal Assistant diploma is a two-year laptop-based program designed to prepare students for the in-demand field of legal support services and the many employment opportunities available for legal assistants. Legal assistants are highly skilled administrators who work closely with lawyers on a wide variety of legal matters. 

Students will receive extensive training in oral and written communications, transcription, keyboarding, computer applications with a focus on legal document preparation, a variety of specialized legal software, and law office procedures. In addition, students take substantive law courses in many areas of law, including: corporate, criminal, family, litigation, real estate, and wills and estates. Faculty bring extensive experience as lawyers and legal assistants and offer students a highly practical and technologically-enriched learning experience. The capstone course is a law office simulation which integrates all of the legal administrative and substantive law courses. 

At the end of the second year, students complete a four-week unpaid practicum in a law office or similar legal environment to gain valuable industry experience.

Your Career

Graduates find work as legal assistants, paralegals, judicial clerks and other legal support roles. Employment opportunities are available in law firms, the court system, registries, and with businesses such as oil and gas corporations.

Student Success

To achieve success in this program, students should:

  • Attend and actively participate in class
  • Spend six hours per week on each course, outside of regular class time
  • Have a strong command of the English language along with a solid foundation in writing skills and vocabulary, which will be further developed in the program
  • Have good organizational skills and attention to detail, as these skills are essential to success in the program and as a Legal Assistant
  • Have strong computer skills and a keyboarding speed of 30 words per minute (strongly recommended)
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Become familiar with and adhere to SAIT's academic policies
  • Students who are engaged and take advantage of SAIT services and resources usually experience more success in SAIT's programs

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to March 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • Math 10C or Math 20-3 or Applied Math 10 or Pure Math 10.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. 

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted by March 1 to be included in selection. 

  • Selection will begin on March 1 and be done on a continuous basis until the program has been filled.
  • Applicants who have achieved — or will achieve — a minimum of 70% in English 30-1 or equivalent will be academically ranked and offers will be extended accordingly.
  • If you are not offered admission based on academic ranking, you will be required to complete the selection process and will be emailed selection information starting in March.

In the selection process, applicants will be invited to attend a brief in-person panel interview.

  • Applicants will be given two weeks' notice of the scheduled interview, when possible, to allow time for preparation. Given the volume of applicants, our interview schedule has limited flexibility.

During the interview, you'll be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Your current resumé,
  • Your communication skills and professionalism,
  • You will be asked to write an impromptu paragraph on a selected topic at the interview.

The rubric will be provided by email to applicants prior to the interview.  

  • Applicants who complete selection will be given a cumulative score and ranked accordingly. Seats will be offered to the highest ranked.
  • Once the program is full, candidates will be placed on a ranked waitlist, based on their selection performance.
  • Those who do not achieve a minimum score to be determined by the overall quality of applicants will be declined.

Step 4: Apply to Legal Assistant and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Attend the panel interview and submit your resumé.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add business.advising@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in the program are offered fully or partially online.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
LEGA-205 Keyboard Skill Building 3.0
LEGA-215 Legal Computer Applications I 3.0
ENGL-205 Grammar and Proofreading 3.0
LEGL-200 Introduction to Law 3.0
LEGL-210 Corporate Law 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
LEGA-255 Law Office Procedures 3.0
LEGA-265 Legal Computer Applications II 3.0
LEGL-250 Legal Writing I 3.0
LEGL-260 Litigation Law I 3.0
LEGL-270 Real Estate Law I 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
LEGA-305 Legal Transcription 3.0
LEGL-300 Legal Writing II 3.0
LEGL-310 Litigation Law II 3.0
LEGL-320 Real Estate Law II 3.0
MNGT-250 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0


Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
LEGA-355 Law Office Simulation 3.0
LEGA-365 Legal Computer Applications III 3.0
LEGL-350 Criminal Law 3.0
LEGL-360 Family Law 3.0
LEGL-380 Wills and Estate Law 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0


Semester 5

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRCT-385 Law Office Practicum 1.5
Semester 5 Total 1.5
Second Year Total 31.5
Program Total 61.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $3,611 $420 $523 $4,554
2 $3,791 $420 $523 $4,734

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $13,502 $420 $523 $14,445
2 $14,177 $420 $523 $15,120

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 per year.
  • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Business