Paralegal
Understand the general principles of a paralegal practice. Graduate prepared to apply to the Law Society of Upper Canada to become a licensed paralegal.

General information

Program code
PARL
Duration
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Field Placement
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2020 Barrie

Program description

In this program students acquire an understanding of the general principles of law, and gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in ethics and a small business practice. Taking the program prepares students to apply to become a licensed paralegal in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society Act. A licensed paralegal may be self–employed, offering fee for service legal assistance, without the supervision of a lawyer, or may be a salaried employee in various legal environments.

Career opportunities

Paralegals can be employed in paralegal or law firms, government offices, legal clinics, or in private and public sector environments. Opportunities may also exist for entrepreneurs to become self-employed paralegals and offer services to the public.

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree; three years of post-secondary education is recommended 

Selection Process

Applicants must also submit a 500 word letter of intent explaining the reason for their interest in the program.

Note: College diploma level courses cannot be used towards exemptions in this program, as those courses are a requirement for admission to the program. Any requests for course exemptions must be based on previously completed paralegal education from a Law Society of Ontario accredited program. Advanced standing may only be given for a maximum of 40% of the paralegal program's courses.

Admission details

The unpaid field training placement runs for the equivalent of four weeks following completion of third semester final exams. During field training placement, students will be exposed to areas within the permitted scope of paralegal practice while under the supervision of a licensee of the Law Society of Ontario. Working with a field training coordinator, students will secure field placement hosts.

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • ACCN 1000 - Legal Accounting
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CMPT 1000 - Legal Computer Applications
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • COMG 1001 - Communication/Writing
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1000 - Administrative Law
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1008 - Introduction to the Canadian Legal System
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1009 - Legal Research and Writing
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1014 - Torts and Contracts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1003 - Creditor and Debtor Law
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1005 - Employment Law
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1006 - Evidence and the Litigation Process
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1011 - Provincial Offences/Motor Vehicle Offences
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1012 - Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1013 - Small Claims Court
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1015 - Tribunal Practice and Procedure
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ETHS 1001 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1001 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1002 - Advocacy
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1004 - Criminal Summary Conviction Procedures
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1007 - Immigration and Refugee Law
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1010 - Practice Management/Operating a Small Business
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LEGL 1016 - WSIB/Insurance and Accident Benefits
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)

  • LEGL 1017 - Field Placement
    (Semester 3)