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    Office Administration - Legal

Program Code:LES
Duration:3 Semesters Accelerated
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program provides you with relevant administrative and high-level technological skills to meet the demands of the current and emerging legal office environment.

As a student in the program, you will master in three consecutive semesters (12 months) the skills and knowledge traditionally offered in a four-semester program. In the first semester, you'll acquire a solid foundation of business office procedures and intermediate-level computer skills, along with an introduction to the legal system.

The final two semesters specialize in Legal Office Administration with advanced-level technological skills. Areas of concentration include litigation, family, corporate, real estate and estate law. You will use your well-developed literacy skills in every course as you interpret detailed instructions, both verbal and written, and prepare a variety of legal documents and letters. Your fluency in English is critical for your success and there is a high focus on communicating effectively from the beginning of your program to graduation. Workplace simulations assist you in transferring the learned skills and knowledge to the work environment. Computer skills and business office practices are also readily transferable to other academic and career paths.

Finally, you'll complete your program and access the job market at non-traditional times.

Field Placements

Meet all the necessary academic requirements and you will benefit from an unpaid field placement for practical experience. You may have a shared responsibility for securing a placement.

Required Keyboarding Speeds

50 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, one of the following Grade 12 Mathematics is recommended for your success in the program:
    • MCT4C (Mathematics for College Technology)
    • MAP4C (Foundations for College Mathematics).

Your Career

In just twelve months you could be ready to launch your career as a legal secretary, legal administrative assistant or receptionist in a wide range of law office environments. Major employers include small to large law firms, and government and corporate legal departments.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMA101 *
Business Math Applications

Mathematics of Personal Finance

BCM111 Business Communications 4
DPW112 Introduction to Document Production 5
EAC150 College English 3
ICP111 Intro. to Computers and Presentation Software 3
LCT501 Law and the Citizen 2
OPR111 Office Procedures 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DMS311 Data Management Software 4
LDP311 Introduction to Legal Document Production 6
LPC311 Legal Procedures Corporate 4
LPI311 Introduction to Legal Procedures 4
TRT311 Transcription Techniques 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CLJ501 Composition and Research 3
LFP501 Field Placement - Legal 1
LPE512 Legal Procedures: Wills, Estates and Family Law 5
LPL511 Legal Procedures Litigation 4
LPR511 Legal Procedures Real Estate 5
LTR511 Legal Transcription 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

*Tests to assess students’ mathematics skills will be administered, and based on test scores, students will take either BMA101 or BMA102.

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Business Communications
Introduction to Document Production for LES
College English
Introduction to Computers and Presentation Software
Law and the Citizen
Office Procedures
Business Math Applications
Mathematics of Personal Finance
Semester 2
Data Management Software
Introduction to Legal Document Production
Legal Procedures - Corporate
Introduction to Legal Procedures
Transcription Techniques
General Education Option
Semester 3
Composition and Research
Legal Procedures: Wills, Estates and Family Law
Legal Procedures - Litigation
Legal Procedures - Real Estate
Legal Transcription
General Education Option
Field Placement - Legal


  • Tests to assess students' mathematics skills will be administered and, based on test scores, students will take either Business Math Applications or Mathematics of Personal Finance.

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Deanna MacDonald
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22584
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Barbara Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26478
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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