Atlantic Business College

Paralegal Administrative Assistant

Paralegal Administrative Assistant

The Paralegal/Legal Assistant program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to work in a variety of legal settings.  Emphasis is placed on developing expertise, understanding and preparation of legal documents.  Graduates are qualified to pursue successful careers as legal secretaries in law firms and in legal clerical positions within the federal and provincial governments.


Fredericton, NB  Canada

Full Time

Graduates of paralegal programs will find opportunities in law firms, real estate agencies, administrative tribunals, legal departments, their own paralegal practices and more. By becoming a licensed paralegal, graduates can legally represent clients in specific levels of court, including traffic and small claims court and administrative tribunals.

Common job titles include (but are not limited to):

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant / Researcher
  • Court Monitor
  • Small Claims Court Agent
  • Provincial Offense Prosecutor

The average starting salary for paralegal program graduates is between $30,000 and $35,000 per year. Salaries are typically higher for government positions, starting as high as $45,000. Those who decide to open their own practice may also make more once they are established and have a steady client base.

2 years (4 semesters)


1. Copy of the biometric page (first and last page) of your current passport including all the pages that have visa stamps of all other countries.

2. Copy of the Study Permit, Refusal letter if applicant previously applied for a Study Permit to Canada or any other countries.

3. When you are in your final high school or senior secondary/ college / university year, please submit a letter from your institution stating the date of completion of the degree.

4. Senior secondary or high school (Grade 12) transcripts of graduation credentials, courses studied, and grades earned.

5. The language of instruction at Atlantic Business College is English. In addition to the academic admission requirements, all applicants for whom English is not their first language and/or are coming from countries where English is not an official language, must provide proof of language proficiency.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Atlantic Business College’s English language Proficiency requirements:

English language Proficiency:

  1. TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet based test (IBT) – Overall 80 with the minimum in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.or
  2. International English Language Testing (IELTS) Academic Level with scores at or above overall average of 6.0 AND no band below 5.5
  3. Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). Minimum score of 58 with no subject test less than 49 means (49L,49W,49S,49R)
  4. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test (CAEL) (the online or in-person test). Overall band score of 60
  5. CELPIP : Overall 7 no band below than 6 ( 6L,6W,6S,6R) or
  6. We request you to upload your documents in this section.
Year 1- Compulsory Courses
  • Word 1090
  • Accounting 1090
  • Communications 1070
  • Records Management 1020
  • Business Law 1045
  • Legal Procedures 3125
  • Legal Research 1 3090
  • Customer Service 1025
  • Outlook 1020
  • Excel 1045
  • Quickbooks 1045
  • Legal Transcription 3045
Year 2- Compulsory Courses
  • Legal Research 2 3180
  • Advanced Word 2045
  • Access 1045
  • Introduction to Sociology 3045
  • Desktop Publishing 2045
  • Employment Law 2045
  • Professional Presentations 2045
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Law 1045
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 3045
  • Provincial Offences and Motor Vehicle Law 3045



Total Fees Payable: 

First year- $14,735

Second year- $14,385

Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program Course Details

Legal Office Procedures
This program is designed to give students a general overview of the Canadian legal system, with particular attention to legal documents and legal office procedures. Emphasis is placed on creating client files, billing and a variety of documents prepared to NB Standards. Document preparation includes general, family law, civil litigation, real estate, estate and corporate law.

Legal Research & Writing
Legal research is “the process of identifying and retrieving information necessary to support legal decision making”. Legal research includes each step of a course of action that begins with an analysis of the facts of a problem and concludes with the application and communication of the results of the investigation. This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of legal research and legal citation, including primary and secondary research, sources, real property searches, electronic search tools, legal writing and legal memoranda. Students are assigned a research project during the course and are required to prepare a legal memo for review.

Civil Litigation ; Employment Law ; Property Law ; Real Estate ; Family Law ; Criminal Law

Legal Transcription
This course is designed to give students a solid understanding of machine transcription. Emphasis is placed on mastering the dictation equipment, punctuation, accuracy and proofreading of transcribed documents. The course deals with the transcription of legal documents including letters, memos, reports etc.

Foundations of Law
This course is an introduction to law for paralegal students. The Canadian legal system, court structure, terminology, definitions and spelling of pertinent legal terms are the focus of this course.

The Keyboarding portion of this course is designed to assist students in mastering the alphabetic and numeric keyboard, speed and accuracy, and formatting of letters and memos. The Outlook portion of this course provides students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to utilize Microsoft Outlook. Students will learn to navigate the Outlook window, compose, reply and forward e-mail messages, add and delete attachments, flag messages, modify delivery options, create signatures, message settings and delivery options, organize, delete and print messages and contacts, create contact and distribution lists, create tasks and to-do lists and schedule appointments, meetings and events.

Microsoft Word
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to utilize Microsoft Word. Students will learn to edit text, check spelling and grammar, print documents, work with document views, manage styles and utilize document themes, merge documents and data sources, insert quick parts in documents, utilize newsletter-style columns, work with comments and revisions, insert drawing objects and graphics, utilize smart art and insert headers and footers.

Advanced Word
Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to utilize Advanced Microsoft Office Word’s interface including creating and editing text and revising documents. Students will have the ability to create and manage professional documents using mail merge, macros, graphics, advanced tables, formulas, breaks, tabs, forms and subdocuments.

Microsoft Excel
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to utilize Microsoft Excel. Students will learn to create a simple worksheet by entering labels and values, build a worksheet using copy and paste, fill and autofill, find/replace, column width and row height, hide columns and rows and copy cell formatting, insert and delete columns and rows, create formulas and use functions such as Average, Max, Sum, NOW, IF, Vlookup and Dfunction, filter databases using Auto Filter, Criteria and Extract, work with cell references including relative, absolute and mixed, format cells using number formats and changing alignment, use chart wizard to format, size, move, edit, save and print a chart, protect, save and print worksheets, charts and formulas.

Communications/Records Management
This course develops basic language and communication skills. Business letters, reports and interpersonal skills are addressed as communication becomes increasingly important in the shrinking global marketplace. Records Management is designed to instruct students in the use and design of alphabetic, numeric and geographical filing systems.

Advertising & Social Media
Students will receive an introduction to the fields of public relations and social media. Students are introduced to exciting and innovative public relations and social media campaign examples and will learn the theory and core concepts that they will need to succeed. Social media and public relations are evolving quickly and creating a level playing field for businesses of all sizes. We will also look at different elements of social media and how they can be used to market a business.

Manual Accounting
Students will be given a strong foundation in accounting fundamentals and a clear understanding of accounting terminology. Students will be prepared to enter the job market in an entry-level accounting position; will be able to understand the usefulness and importance of accounting procedures as business owners, managers and office workers.

Career Skills
Students will learn to showcase the specific skills and qualifications they bring to any position and company and how to select the best people as references. They will receive tips on filling out job applications and will create and perfect a personal resume and cover letter. Students will also learn the best ways to evaluate a job offer and important advice for success.

We are now accepting applications for international students.

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