LEG305 - Legal Office Procedures

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Subject Title
Legal Office Procedures

Subject Description
This course is designed to develop basic knowledge of the legal secretary/assistant's clerical and practical duties required in a law office.  Content includes reception/client relations, effective communications and basic legal documentation used in all areas of law. Students will also enhance their vocabulary of common legal terminology used within a law office, government agency, court systems, social services and current affairs through practice, study guide and quizzes.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Legal Assistant Certificate offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Students will:

  • Develop a basic knowledge of the legal secretary/assistant's clerical and practical duties required in a law office
  • Recognize general law office procedures
  • Identify the different areas of law practiced
  • Review the procedures and rules in different areas of law
  • Complete various basic forms and documents in different areas of law
  • Establish a precedent file

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Legal Terminology is recommended

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to the law office and office procedure
  • Preparing legal correspondence
  • History of law and court structure
  • Preparing legal documents
  • The law suit
  • Family law
  • Criminal law
  • Wills and estates
  • Corporate law
  • Real estate law

Prescribed Texts

Title Working in a Legal Environment
Author Diana Collis & Cynthia Forget
Publisher Emond-Montgomery
Edition 2nd
ISBN 978-1-55239-387-1

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Class Participation (weekly assignments weeks1-4 and 8) = 5%
Assignment (week 13)  = 25%
Midterm assignment (week 7) =30%
FINAL EXAM (week 14) = 40%

Approved by: Sandra Noble