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Legal Office Procedures

Course Code: OADM 1430
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 9 weeks X 5 hours = 45 hours
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a BCCampus online provincial course. This course introduces the student to the functions and duties of the legal administrative assistant in British Columbia. Topics covered will include: legal terminology, legal office procedures, precedents, preparation of correspondence and basic legal documents, legal record keeping and billing, and citations and references to Acts.

Course Content

  1. Roles, Professional Behaviours, and Responsibilities of Legal Administrative Assistants
    • know and apply the specialized skills, knowledge, and character attributes required
    • identify and complete general and corporate records office tasks under supervision
    • practice discreet and ethical behaviours
    • appreciate the expertise, roles, and responsibilities of the members of the legal team within which the legal administrative assistant works
  2. Terminology and References
    • pronounce, spell, and define
    • legal citations
  3. Legal Correspondence and Documents
    • understand content and keyboard letters, memoranda, accounts, general and corporate legal documents from draft and dictation
  4. Legal Records
    • open, maintain, and close client files
    • understand and use tickler/bring forward systems
    • understand general and trust accounts
    • understand time sheets, receipts, and disbursements
    • calculate fees and disbursements and prepare client accounts

Methods of Instruction

Communication between instructor and students will be conducted online using WebCT e-mail, discussion, chat utilities, guided practices, assignments, and case studies.  Students will 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   30%
Quizzes  20%
Exams  40%
Participation  10%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the functions and duties of the legal administrative assistant and his/her role in the legal profession.
  2. Define, spell, and use legal terms appropriately.
  3. Identify and use the correct legal office procedures in records management, reception, diaries, mail/couriers, and timekeeping.
  4. Create and use precedents in the preparation of correspondence and basic legal documents.
  5. Apply appropriate record keeping procedures in the handling of client ledgers and billings.
  6. Prepare citations and references to Acts with accuracy.
  7. Transcribe dictated material containing expanded vocabulary, legal terminology and specialized formats at an acceptable standard.

course prerequisites

English 11 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent and 50 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.