The legal major of the Office Assistant program provides the skills you need to work as a legal assistant in today’s competitive market.

Gain experience in a variety of software packages to prepare for a challenging career in the legal field. As a graduate of the program, you become adept with technology, understand procedures in a law office, have a basic knowledge of law, and can work in time-sensitive situations.

The program of study for the legal major consists solely of prescribed courses; you do not take electives or options. The courses must be completed in the order presented in the program of study. The schedule is set by the program and courses can only be completed in the term they are offered.

Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find the courses you need to take and the requirements you must fulfill to complete your program.
Academic Calendar

Work-integrated learning field placement

One of the benefits of the Office Assistant program is its work-integrated learning field placement component, which gives you hands-on experience in a real world setting. The field placement helps to make meaningful connections and may even lead to full-time work.

Students who have successfully completed their first and second terms and who are registered for courses in the third term are eligible for a field placement.

The Legal major requires a placement with a duration of four weeks. We encourage you to take an active role in searching for your field placement—it is important practice for job searching after graduation.

International students

International students must have a co-op work permit before starting field placement, clinical practice or practicum. A co-op work permit is different from your study permit; it is an additional permit that authorizes international students to participate in work that is integral to their program of study. If you will be working with vulnerable populations in a health, community or medical field, you will need an up-to-date medical exam by an IRCC-approved panel physician before applying for a co-op work permit.

Ask MacEwan International about the documents you need to have to apply. You should apply for a co-op work permit 4-6 months before the start of your field placement, clinical practice or practicum as current IRCC processing times are lengthy.


Graduates work as legal assistants in law and government offices as well as private industry. Graduates of this program have the skills to work in general business offices as well.

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Related program

Students interested in the Office Assistant Legal major may also be interested in the Paralegal Studies diploma, which could also lead into a four-year degree.

Paralegal Studies