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Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate

Credential
Certificate

Duration
8 month(s)

The Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) Certificate program at CapU provides students with an exciting, in-demand career in the legal industry.

In the program, you'll learn the core procedures for civil and family litigation, wills and probate, corporate law, conveyancing and mortgaging.

Before completing your certificate, you'll take part in a two-week practicum in a legal office arranged by our instructors, working with one of our many industry partners.

There are three unique ways you can study at CapU:

  • A full-time option of the September intake (Term 1) will be delivered online synchronously in Fall 2021, and Term 2 will be offered in-person at the North Vancouver campus in January 2022;
  • A full-time option of the January 2022 intake (Term 1) will be delivered online synchronously, and Term 2 will also be offered online synchronously in Summer 2022; or
  • A part-time online option (September) intake.

If you have any questions about the certificate, please contact us at legalstudies@capilanou.ca.

Learning outcomes

  • Apply communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills towards an organization’s overall effectiveness.
  • Effectively communicate in writing by composing business correspondence and legal documents.
  • Demonstrate proficiency working with IBM compatible software to produce a variety of correctly formatted legal documents from written and digitally recorded material.
  • Apply analytical skills to correctly identify and prepare documents for litigation, Wills creation and probating, Family Law, Corporate Law, Securities and basic conveyancing.
  • Demonstrate computation skills through the creation of legal accounts and Vendor’s and Purchaser’s statements of adjustment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate work ethic and entry-level job skills during a two week practicum placement with a law firm or government agency.

Fast Facts

$40,000+

starting salary

based on previous grad classes, the starting salaries are approaching the mid $40,000's and may be as high as $55,000, depending on the location and the firm

75%

of students

accepted positions with their practicum hosts

100%

of our students

looking for work were successful in securing full time LAA positions

“I learned everything from legal terminology, legal procedures, how to use online resources and how to problem solve. I felt ready and confident to start my career in the legal industry. I completed my practicum with The Department of Justice and am thrilled that I was hired on as an assistant in the Criminal Law (international) department.”
Ivy Tsui Shan Ng, 2021 Legal Administrative Assistant graduate

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Information sessions

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Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 2, 2021 – Jan 4, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 22, 2021

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 20, 2021

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 5, 2021 – Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 22, 2022

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 5, 2021 – Sep 6, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 22, 2022

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

Admission notes

Students applying on or after November 23, 2021, may be admitted into the program without having to undergo the LGST English Diagnostic Test and the keyboarding test.

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Returning Students

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Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

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Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $4,562 $1,638 $6,200
Total $4,562 $1,638 $6,200
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $20,427 $1,638 $22,065
Total $20,427 $1,638 $22,065

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Required Courses

Required Courses

Total credits: 33.00

Required:
CMNS 159Communications for the Legal Administrative Assistant3.00 credits
LGST 108Family Law Litigation Procedures1.50 credits
LGST 109Basic Litigation Procedures3.00 credits
LGST 110Corporate Procedures3.00 credits
LGST 112Basic Conveyance and Mortgage Procedures3.00 credits
LGST 114Wills and Probate Procedures1.50 credits
LGST 116Introduction to the Legal System1.50 credits
LGST 119Practicum3.00 credits
LGST 124Organizational Behaviour3.00 credits
LGST 125Virtual Legal Office3.00 credits
LGST 126Basic Securities Procedures1.50 credits
LGST 127Computer Applications for the Legal Office I3.00 credits
LGST 128Computer Applications for the Legal Office II3.00 credits

Total program credits: 33.00

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About this program

School of Legal Studies
604 983 7594
604 990 7808 (fax)
legalstudies@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca