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Legal Assistant

Open for Fall 2020

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.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,584
Year 2: $4,764
Year 1 (International): $15,395
Year 2 (International): $15,395

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


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.


When can you apply?

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

Why choose SAIT Business

Students in SAIT's School of Business gain practical business knowledge as well as interpersonal, organizational, technological and decision-making skills needed to succeed in today's fast-changing global business environment.

Under the guidance of instructors with real-world experience, students learn to apply theory in actual business situations through simulations, case studies, team projects and hands-on training. They develop an essential understanding of core business topics such as accounting, economics, management, marketing, organizational behaviour, productivity tools and technology, and communication skills. 

Program Details

Program Description

Prepare for a career in the legal profession with SAIT’s Legal Assistant diploma. 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 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.

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.

Fast Facts

  • Two-year diploma
  • Fall start
  • Laptop-based program using SAIT-issued laptops
  • Includes a four-week unpaid practicum placement
  • A limited number of courses available through Continuing Education

Program brochure

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Your Career

You can become a legal assistant, junior paralegal, judicial clerk or another legal support role. You can find work in law firms, the court system, registries, and with businesses such as oil and gas corporations.

Student Success

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.

Credentials and accreditation

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

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer 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.

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 70%.

Starting January 16, applicants with a combined academic and selection assessment score of 69% 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

  • 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.
  • View additional Legal Assistant program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $3,611 $462 $523 $4,596
2 $3,791 $462 $523 $4,776


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $3,611 $462 $288 $235 $4,596
2 $3,791 $462 $288 $235 $4,776

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $14,185 $462 $288 $460 $15,395
2 $14,894 $462 $288 $460 $16,104


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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: $460
  • 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 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.


School of Business

Inspiring Stories

Kendall grew up in Cranbrook, British Columbia and chose to attend SAIT's Legal Assistant program because of the high employment rate and SAIT being located in Calgary. Kendall loves her time at SAIT, the content she is learning and the friends she has made along her academic journey.

Her biggest accomplishment at SAIT is being elected the President of the Legal Assistant Society. Thanks to this role, Kendall is gaining substantial experience outside the classroom in time management, leadership, and event planning.

As a passionate legal professional, Linda goes above and beyond expectations to ensure SAIT's Legal Assistant students gain the foundation and fundamental knowledge of the legal system. The legal industry is constantly changing, and Linda makes sure to stay up-to-date on changes by communicating with top law firms regularly.

As SAIT's Practicum Coordinator for the Legal Assistant program, Linda prepares, coaches, and locates practicum positions for students — ensuring each is just the right fit.

Kendall Aikins
Legal Assistant | 2018

"You really learn at SAIT. I'm not just memorizing information for a test — what I learn in the classroom is interesting and relevant to what I'll need to know when I go into industry".

Linda Gardner
Instructor and Practicum Coordinator | Legal Assistant program | SAIT Instructor since 1998

"The legal industry loves SAIT grads. Seeing industry preferring a SAIT Legal Assistant grad over students from similar programs makes me so proud."

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