Develop the necessary skills to work in a legal environment, including:
- Interact in a legal work context and use English legal terminology.
- Develop the necessary skills for the drafting and recording of civil proceedings such as:
- filing documents for ordinary civil procedures, as well as applications and registrations
- preparing a disputed file in family law and a book of notes and authorities.
- Develop the skills needed to prepare documents for setting up or updating a company
- Develop the necessary skills for the editing and recording of notarial documents, including those relating to litigation.
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Description of competencies
Civil Proceedings (75 H)
Students must prepare ordinary civil proceedings under these conditions:
- Source materials: case studies and simulations representing characteristic stages of ordinary civil actions.
- Tools: a personal computer, the Code of Civil Procedure, software containing forms or the manuel de formulaires de procedure civile, a dictating machine and an agenda.
Motions and Registrations (45 H)
To demonstrate the required competency, students must prepare motions and registrations under these conditions:
- Source materials: case studies and simulations that indicate the essential or urgent nature of the proceeding
- Tools: a personal computer, the Code of Civil Procedure, software containing civil procedure forms or the manuel de formulaires de procedure civile, a dictating machine or an agenda.
Contested Family Law Matters (30H)
To demonstrate the required competency, students must prepare a file for a contested family law matter under these conditions:
- Prepare and organize a file for a contested divorce matter.
- Source materials: case studies and simulations involving a contested matter.
- Tools: a personal computer, software containing civil procedure forms or the manuel de formulaires de procedure civile, specialized family law software and an agenda.
Notarial Acts (60 H)
To demonstrate the required competency, students must prepare notarial acts under these conditions:
- Source materials: case studies and simulations, paper and electronic versions of forms and document templates.
- Tools: a computer, a dictating machine and a calculator.
Establishment of a Business (30 H)
To demonstrate the required competency, the students must prepare documents to establish or provide updated information on a business under these conditions:
- Source materials: case studies and simulations, forms, templates or specialized software.
- Tools: prepare documents by hand or using a typewriter or computer.
- Output: articles of incorporation for a business, and a book of minutes and resolutions.
Occupation and the Training Process (30 H)
In this course students evaluate their interest in the training program and the profession by participating in role-playing activities covering the following areas:
- Understand the nature of the occupation and the education plan.
- Understand the structure of the legal system in civil and criminal matters.
- Confirm their career choice.
Interpersonal Relations (15 H)
Develop workplace interaction skills that meet professional standards by taking part in role-playing activities covering:
- Awareness of the importance of creating a climate conductive to positive interpersonal relations.
- Applying interpersonal-relationship techniques in different situations in a legal environment.
- Awareness of their role to act as a resource person who does not perform any tasks exclusive to attorneys or notaries. Become aware of their strengths and weaknesses in how they interact in the workplace.
French Terminology (30 H)
To demonstrate the required competency, students must learn to use French legal terminology:
- Send and receive messages, draft
- Type up proceedings and notarial acts and translate vocabulary into French.
- Follow instructions as to the work to be performed, using a computer, law dictionary, dictionaries, a dictating machine and a template.
Books of Notes and Authorities (15 H)
To demonstrate the required competency, students must prepare a book of notes and authorities under these conditions:
- Tools: a computer, the Internet or software, books, specialized manuals, the Code of Civil Procedure, a dictating machine, a photocopier and a punching and binding machine.
Non-Contentious Matters (45 H)
To demonstrate the required competency, students must prepare documents related to non-contentious matters under these conditions:
- Source materials: case studies and simulations; tools: a computer, software, or a manual containing civil procedure and notarial forms, or the manuel de formulaires de procedure civile et de formulaires notariaux, the Code of Civil Procedure and an agenda.
Entering the work force - Internship (75 H)
Prepare to enter the workforce with an understanding of its particularities, by participating in a series of simulation activities:
- Prepare a résumé and a portfolio, obtain real-world experience of the tasks performed in a law firm, notary’s office or other law-oriented workplace.
- Perform tasks related to the occupation of legal secretary.
- Review training results in relation to the requirements of the occupation.
To be eligible for admission to the Secretarial Studies in a Legal Environment program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
Hold a DEP in secretarial studies
Have completed recognized equivalent learning.
Be engaged in a trade or profession related to the program of study.