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Legal Assistant

Closed for Fall 2020

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

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.


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.

In this practical two-year diploma, your instructors are lawyers and former legal assistants who show you how to assist your lawyer with important tasks on various files.

Using industry software on your SAIT-issued laptop, you develop accurate keyboarding and transcription skills and adapt your strong command of English spelling and grammar to effectively prepare various legal documents.

You'll practice legal assistant tasks such as preparing a separation agreement, a criminal law file and a corporate minute book.

In your capstone course, you simulate a real law office to integrate all your legal assistant knowledge. At the end of the program, you demonstrate your professionalism and expertise to potential employers in your one-month practicum placement.

You'll graduate as a skilled legal assistant and highly employable in law firms and the court system.

Is this the right fit for me?

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • attend and actively participate in the 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, which are necessary for 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.

If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT support services, you may have a greater chance of success in SAIT's programs.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a SAIT Legal Assistant diploma.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in law firms, the court system, registries and within businesses such as oil and gas organizations.

Potential positions include: 

  • legal assistant 
  • junior paralegal 
  • legal secretary 

Related careers include: 

  • judicial clerk 
  • captioner and court reporter 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,193
Year 2: $5,392

Year 1 (International): $15,924
Year 2 (International): $16,655

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

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Tuition and financial aid


This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 until Aug. 15, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

How to apply

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Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 - Aug. 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of 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 to be included in selection. Applicants who qualify after the program is full will be placed on ranked waitlist.


In the selection process, applicants will be ranked according to the composite score of the following selection criteria:

  • Admission requirements course average: 50%
  • Selection assessment test: 50%

The selection assessment will focus on Problem Solving, Writing, Professionalism and Communication skills. 

You will be contacted by the School of Business regarding the selection assessment test - we will endeavour to give a two-week notice prior to the assessment date. If you are located more than 300 kilometres from Calgary and cannot attend the on-campus selection assessment test without hardship, alternative arrangements for submission will be considered.

Selection will begin in October and will be ongoing until the program is full.

Early admission

Early admission will be offered until January 15 to applicants with a combined academic and selection assessment score of at least 75%.

Starting January 16, applicants with a combined academic and selection assessment score of 74% or below will be considered for admission based on their ranking.

Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a ranked waitlist and offered admission as space becomes available.

Step 4: Apply to the Legal Assistant program 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: Complete your selection assessment.

You will receive an email from the School of Business with instructions to complete the assessment.

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

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transferring to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $3,971 $682 $288 $252 $5,193
2 $4,170 $682 $288 $252 $5,392

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $14,611 $682 $288 $344 $15,924
2 $15,342 $682 $288 $344 $16,655


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Schedule changes

First-semester students can’t make changes to their schedule until the first day of classes. The add/drop period, when changes can be made to registration and schedule, is from Tuesday, Sept. 3 to Friday, Sept. 13 for full-time students. First-semester students can’t make changes to their schedule until the first day of classes.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


For any questions, or to set up a virtual advising appointment, please contact our School of Business Advising Centre.

Phone: 403.284.8485
Email: business.advising@sait.ca

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