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Legal Office Procedures - Litigation

Course Code: OADM 1326
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

This course introduces the student to the role and responsibilities of the Legal Administrative Assistant employed in the field of civil litigation in British Columbia. Students will gain knowledge and practical experience in topics such as Canadian law, Canadian court system, civil and criminal process, pleadings, default judgment, setting an action down for trial, discovery, trial, enforcement, settlement, and chambers applications. This is a “hands-on” course in which the students integrate keyboard, computer, document formatting, and transcription skills with knowledge of civil law.

Course Content

  1. Principles of the Litigation System and Litigation Model
    • The adversarial system
    • Principles behind court procedures
    • Stages of the litigation model
  2. Civil Versus Criminal Proceedings
    • Courts of Canada
    • Major differences between criminal and civil law
  3. Preliminary Matters
    • Conflict of interest check
    • Limitation dates and limitation calendars
    • Bring Forward systems and deadline calendars
    • Settlement prior to commencing a court proceeding
  4. Court Documents
    • Rules of Court
    • Style of Proceedings and parties to an action
    • Parts of a supreme court documents
  5. Commencing an Action
    • Personal versus ordinary service of documents
    • Calculating time limits
    • Commencement and notification documents and procedures
  6. Obtaining Default Judgment
    • Default documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs for default
  7. Defending an Action
    • Defence documents and procedures
    • Counterclaims and third party claim documents and procedures
    • Trial scheduling documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for commencing or defending claims
  8. Disclosure of Evidence
    • Purpose of evidentiary disclosure
    • Disclosure documents and procedures
    • Trial scheduling procedures and documents
    • Bill of Costs items for disclosing documents
  9. Settlement
    • Consent documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for consent settlements
  10. Hearing and Trial
    • Trial preparation documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for trials
  11. Collections
    • Collection documents and procedures
  12. Interlocutory Applications
    • Application of litigation model to applications
    • Application documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for applications
  13. Transcription of Litigation Correspondence and Documents
    • Transcribe legal material

Methods of Instruction

A combination of lectures, guided practices, assignments and case studies will be used.  Active learning is an integral part of this course, and emphasis will be placed on a “hands-on” environment to allow students to work both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply procedures and tasks carried on in a legal office.  Both learning activities and evaluations will be structured to stress problem solving, accuracy, and working within time constraints.

Means of Assessment

Assignments  5% - 11%
Simulations 30% - 35%
Midterm and/or Test(s)  25% - 35%
Final Exam 20% - 25%
Keyboarding                 4-5%
Total         100%

A maximum of two evaluations worth up to 22.5% may be assigned and due in the last 14 days of class. (Some class time is provided to work on any evaluation due in the last 14 days of class)


Learning Outcomes

The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. communicate effectively, using the language, theory and precedents of civil litigation;
  2. identify the Canadian courts and the sources of Canadian law;
  3. analyze the concepts of the Canadian legal system and the civil and criminal process
  4. apply the concepts of civil litigation to solve problems;
  5. prepare correspondence and documents to commence a Supreme Court action and to obtain default judgment;
  6. prepare correspondence and documents to defend a Supreme Court action, disclose evidence and to settle a lawsuit;
  7. prepare correspondence and documents in a Supreme Court action in preparation of trial;
  8. identify the purpose, documents and procedures for interlocutory applications;
  9. prepare bill of costs through the analysis of documentation within a court file;
  10. keyboard with accuracy; and
  11. demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines in a manner required to meet legal industry standards.

course prerequisites

OADM 1218 AND (OADM 1103 with a grade of B+ or better or OADM 1206 or OADM 1303 or 45 NWPM)

curriculum guidelines

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

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.