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Prepare to become a licensed paralegal

Paralegal Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

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

Program code PARL
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time
Program delivery method(s) In person What does this mean?

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie
Winter 2025 Barrie

*Program delivery methods are subject to change.

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

What are the admission requirements for the Paralegal program?

Paralegal admission requirements

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent

Selection Process

Applicants with two years of post-secondary education or greater with a “B” or 70% average is recommended. Applicants who apply with less than the recommended minimum requirements must also submit a 500 word letter of intent explaining the reason for their interest in the program and resume which demonstrates a minimum of three years of professional experience.

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.

Additional information

The unpaid field training placement runs for approximately six 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 the student, the field training coordinator secures a field placement host on behalf of the student.

What career paths can I take as a paralegal?

Your Paralegal graduate certificate gives you many 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.

What courses are included in the Paralegal graduate certificate program?

Course overview

21 Program Courses
1 Field Placement

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Paralegal program outline.

  • ACCN 1000 – Legal Accounting
  • CMPT 1000 – Legal Computer Applications
  • COMG 1001 – Communication/Writing
  • LEGL 1000 – Administrative Law
  • LEGL 1008 – Introduction to the Canadian Legal System
  • LEGL 1009 – Legal Research and Writing
  • LEGL 1014 – Torts and Contracts

Your course delivery method(s)

In person

This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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