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Legal Assistant

Waitlisted for Fall 2021

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

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

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This program will be delivered on campus (OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester, pending additional COVID-19 restrictions.
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Overview

Discover how to be an integral part of a legal practice with highly specialized legal administrative skills.

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, you develop accurate keyboarding and transcription skills and adapt your strong command of English spelling and grammar to effectively prepare various legal documents.

In your substantive courses, you master relevant terminology for corporate law, real estate law, family law, criminal law and more. You 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 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.

Credential

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: $5,701
Year 2: $5,919

Year 1 (International): $16,091
Year 2 (International): $17,443

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020. 
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021  April 29, 2022*

*Students completing their second year of studies will finish classes on June 2, 2022.

How to apply

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First-class instructors help give SAIT’s School of Business a prominent place on global list of best business schools.

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020.

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.

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. 

Direct entry: four-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: Apply to Legal Assistant and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades 

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

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. 

Courses

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

Progression

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.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $4,368 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $5,701
2 $4,586 $792.20 $287.77 $252 $5,919

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $14,758 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $16,091
2 $16,110 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $17,443

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year. 
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* 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.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 2. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
 
Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

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

First-semester students cannot make changes to their schedules until the first day of classes. The add/drop period, when changes can be made to registration and schedule, is from Monday, September 7 to Friday, September 17 for full-time students.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
 
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
 
 
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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.

Contact 

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

Academic Chair

Dave Warner
dave.warner@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Business
403.284.8485
business.advising@sait.ca

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