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    Office Administration - Legal

Program Code:LES
Duration:3 Semesters Accelerated
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
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. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply scheduling, task coordination, and organizational skills to facilitate the completion of tasks and to meet deadlines in the legal environment.
  • Establish and maintain data management systems to ensure organized electronic and paper records for the legal environment.
  • Coordinate the organizing, processing, and responding to electronic and paper communications to facilitate the flow of information in the legal environment.
  • Produce accurate financial records for the legal environment within a specified time frame by compiling information and using appropriate software.
  • Produce accurate legal correspondence by a specified deadline using available computer technology as well as applying recording, editing, and language skills.
  • Use effective interpersonal skills in the legal environment to assist the completion of individual and team tasks, to ensure effective customer service, and to promote the image of the organization.
  • Troubleshoot and show initiative in the creation and production of accurate documentation for civil, corporate, real estate, family, and wills and estates law by a specified deadline using computer technology.
  • Provide technical support and training related to computer software to others in the legal environment as required.
  • Use the Internet and its tools in a legal environment to enhance communication and business opportunities.
  • Demonstrate administrative skills to enhance the effective operation of the workplace.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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 considered an asset:
    • MCT4C (Mathematics for College Technology);
    • MAP4C (Foundations for College Mathematic).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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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.

Field Placements

Meet all the necessary academic requirements, and you will benefit from an unpaid field placement for practical experience.

Required Typing Speeds: 50 w.p.m. for graduation.

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

Diploma to Degree ...and Beyond

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 semester.


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.

Contact Us

For the most up-to-date curriculum information, refer to our web page at:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Carsten Wuertz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22803
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Deanna Watson
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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