Law Clerk
Learn from professionals in the community. Gain experience during field training. Specialized courses using current industry tools and standards.

General information

Program code
LCLR
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
1 Field Placement
Academic area
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2020 Barrie, Owen Sound
Winter 2020 Barrie

Program description

As integral members of the legal team, law clerks work independently under the general supervision of a lawyer and assist with numerous tasks associated with the handling of diverse legal matters, including significant client interaction. In this program, students learn to draft legal correspondence and memoranda and prepare various court documents in practice areas such as real estate, corporate, estates, civil litigation and family law, utilizing current legal software to produce documents to professional standards. Students learn legal administration skills, substantive law, ethics and professionalism. Students engage in experiential learning through a field placement that reinforces and expands upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. 

Why study Law Clerk at Georgian College?

Our Law Clerk program gives you the chance to build a solid foundation of skills in preparation for employment as a law clerk/legal assistant.

Faculty
Our faculty members bring experience and education into the classroom from both the corporate and legal world.

Hands-on experience
The semester four field placement will give you some solid work experience to put on your resumé.

Jobs
Our graduates are working in legal offices (specialized and general practices), government offices (municipal, provincial, federal, boards/tribunals, court/registry, and legal aid) and financial institutions, corporations and insurance companies.

Career opportunities

Law clerks work in a vast array of legal environments, including paralegal or law firms, government offices, legal clinics, courts, financial institutions, corporations and insurance companies. Workplaces might include exposure to any number of areas of law, including real estate, family, small claims, corporate, personal injury, wills and estates, and general civil litigation.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • COMP 1012 - Introduction to Business Documentation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1048 - Introduction to Keyboarding
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1023 - Introduction to Legal Office Administration
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1024 - Foundations of the Canadian Legal System
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2046 - Contracts and Torts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1003 - Microcomputer Applications
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1014 - Family Law 1
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1015 - Debtor and Creditor/Landlord and Tenant Law
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • REAS 1003 - Legal Research and Writing
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2039 - Family Law 2
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2040 - Corporate and Commercial Law 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2044 - Real Estate Law 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2051 - Advanced Legal Office Administration
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2053 - Civil Litigation 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2032 - Estates Law
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2041 - Corporate and Commercial Law 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2043 - Civil Litigation 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2045 - Real Estate Law 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2052 - Legal Professionalism and Ethics
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)

  • LAWS 2037 - Law Clerk Field Training
    (Semester 4)