Legal Office Administration (Certificate)

Fall 2023: Applications for this program are currently suspended.  Please check back for future updates.


Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


Develop in-depth knowledge of legal office procedures, legal terminology, court systems, legal record-keeping and the process of billing clients with the Certificate in Legal Office Administration. You'll also learn about the preparation, filing and service of legal documents in the areas of wills and estates, family law, litigation, corporate law, conveyancing and develop your skills with a three-week practicum.

You’ll gain skills in keyboarding, machine transcription (dicta typing), legal administrative procedures and business communications, preparing you for a career in law firms, notary offices and legal departments for companies, government agencies or ministries.

Further education

Graduates can choose to complete another year of studies at Douglas College to earn an Office Administration Diploma. Many graduates also go on to become legal assistants after taking additional training through other institutions.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

    • General College Admission Requirements (excluding Language Proficiency Requirement)
    • English 11 with a grade of "C" or better or the following exemptions:
      • EN 12 "P"
      • EN LIT 12 "P"
      • TPC 12 "P"
      • COMM 12 "C+"


    • Strong English skills are required. Students who are weak in English skills should consider upgrading through either ENGU or ELLA courses.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% of all coursework (15 credits) must be completed at Douglas College
  • All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” or higher except Mastery graded course(s).
  • Time Limit for Completion: 4 years from acceptance into the program.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Select one course from the following two options:
OADM 1241 Office Relations and Productivity Skills 3.00

OADM 1244

General Office Skills


Required courses:

OADM 1206



OADM 1218

Legal Office Procedures - Introduction and Corporate Law


OADM 1240

Business Communications and Procedures


OADM 1246

Computer Applications I


OADM 1326

Legal Office Procedures - Litigation


OADM 1327

Legal Office Procedures - Family Law


OADM 1328

Legal Office Procedures - Conveyancing


OADM 1329

Legal Office Procedures - Will and Estates


**OADM 1410

Career Development


OADM 1411

Office Practicum


Total credits



**Career Development must be taken during your final semester in the program.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

More Information

Tuition deposit

When offered a seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Administrative Assistant, Real Estate 
  • Assistant Corporate Administrator 
  • Assistant, Commercial Law/Corporate Law 
  • Assistant, Corporate Finance/Tax 
  • Assistant, Criminal Law 
  • Assistant, Family Law/Wills & Estates 
  • Assistant, Labour Law/Litigation 
  • Assistant, Trademarks 
  • CLK 11R - Administrative 
  • Legal Assistant
  • Corporate/Securities Legal Assistant
  • Litigation Secretary