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It's been a great experience for me going back to school after working for over 10 years. I did a lot of legal courses; real estate, law, corporate [...]

Joy Omonoyan
Office Administration - Legal
Office Administration – Legal

Office Administration – Legal

Office Administration – Legal

Office Administration – Legal

Office Administration – Legal

Legal office assistants live in a world of deadlines, documents and legal terminology. Taking initiative and utilizing their skills in word processing, technology, communications and human relations, they provide professional administrative support to any legal team.

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Program Description

This two-year diploma program will provide you with advanced computer skills and a specialized education that will prepare you for a career as a legal office assistant. Emphasis is placed on the practical demands of the job including confidentiality, professional ethics, meeting deadlines and interpersonal relations.

You will gain a basic understanding of the core areas of legal office administration with emphasis on the practices and procedures of law including:

  • Civil litigation
  • Corporate
  • Criminal
  • Family law
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Real estate

Specialized terminology and documentation will form the basis on which your keyboarding, word processing and electronic transcription skills are developed. In addition, emphasis will be placed on accuracy, improving communication skills and developing human relations.

Computers are an integral part of the legal office environment and you will become familiar with the most commonly used legal software. Keyboarding skills will be assessed upon entry to the program and then improved upon through keyboarding lessons, drill and timed writings. A final keyboarding speed of 50 net words per minute is the objective upon graduation.

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Admission Requirements

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Career Options


  • Executive assistant
  • Legal assistant
  • Legal secretary
  • Office administrator


  • Corporate head offices
  • Federal government
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Law firms
  • Legal aid offices
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$30$30
Total Fees:$4,021$14,193

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 170-hour field placement, which will provide you with practical, hands- on experience and the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom.

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Centre for Integrated Justice Studies

The Centre for Integrated Justice Studies (CIJS) is a training function of the School of Justice & Emergency Services. CIJS offers unique seminars and workshops to give DC/UOIT students and the public a competitive edge in preparing them for job searching and interviews. For more information please visit the CIJS website.

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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information please visit the post-admission communications assessment website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s Court Support Services; Law Clerk – Advanced; or Paralegal programs.

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities. Please visit for more information or see below for examples:

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: OFLG
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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