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February 2, 2011

Thomas Brown, 22, credits Camosun College for his new full-time legal assistant job in the Ministry of Attorney General.

Camosun grad Thomas Brown says being able to put the BC Notaries Award on his resume will benefit him greatly.

Camosun grad Thomas Brown says being able to put the BC Notaries Award on his resume will benefit him greatly.

He's a recent graduate of Camosun's 12-month Legal Office Assistant certificate program and one of four top School of Business students who received this year's prestigious BC Notaries and Notary Foundation of BC Award. Emma Shill, Stephanie Curtis, and Caitlin Gaffney were also recipients.

An honour to receive the award

"Without the skills and training Camosun provided me, there would have been no way I could have obtained and retained my position," said Thomas. "And, it's an honour to receive the BC Notaries Award. It feels great to be recognized by such a prominent legal association. Being able to put this award on my resume will benefit me greatly when I look to advance my job or upgrade my training to a paralegal."

Emma Shill agrees. At 23, she's now a legal assistant with Stevenson Luchies & Legh in Victoria, working in litigation. "Receiving this award has confirmed that I have chosen a career path for which I am well-suited."

Legal Office Assistant program helps grads get jobs

Camosun grad Emma Shill is now a legal assistant with Stevenson Luchies & Legh in Victoria.

Camosun grad Emma Shill is now a legal assistant with Stevenson Luchies & Legh in Victoria.

Camosun's Legal Office Assistant grads are in demand. And, in a recent graduate survey, 93 per cent rated their training as providing them with the "knowledge and skills useful in their job."

The full-time program starts each September and covers substantive law, procedural law, litigation and law foundations, as well as business communications, information technology, records management and word processing. A three-week work practicum ensures students obtain experience and connections in the real legal world. Graduates are prepared to use their new skills and knowledge to work in entry level support roles in both public and private legal sectors.

"I took the program straight out of high school," adds Stephanie Curtis, now a full-time legal assistant at Hemminger Schmid. "To be honest, I wasn't 100 per cent sure of what I was getting in to. But, law has always appealed to me and I thought it would be a great way to get my foot in the professional-world-door! After a job shadowing experience, the environment definitely resonated with me. I'm 19 years old and already have business cards!"

BC Notaries Award recognizes excellence and leadership

The BC Notaries and Notary Foundation of BC Award is held in the Camosun College Foundation and presented annually to one or more exceptional Legal Office Assistant students who demonstrate academic excellence combined with leadership skills.

For info

For more details about the award or how you can honour or help a Camosun student, please contact the Camosun College Foundation, foundation@camosun.bc.ca or 250-370-4233.

Contact

Michelle Tinis
Marketing & Communications
Camosun College Foundation
250-370-4626
tinis@camosun.bc.ca
camosun.ca/foundation

Last updated: April 16, 2019 12:38 pm

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