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Institute of Law Clerks Associate Level Program

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Overview

These courses are designed as professional development for individuals with experience working in a legal environment under the direct supervision of a lawyer. This program is especially appropriate for those currently employed as law clerks or experienced legal secretaries. The program consists of four courses offered over two years. Students write a term test and final exam to prepare them for the province wide exams set and marked by the Institute of Law Clerks.

To receive the ILCO Academic Achievement Certificate you must obtain a minimum of 60 percent in each of ILCO's four provincial examinations.

The Ministry of Skills Development's definition in its Training Profile (1986) for Law Clerk is "...a trained specialist, capable of doing independent legal work, which may include managerial duties, under the direction and guidance of a Barrister and Solicitor, of routine legal and administrative matters and to assist in the more complex ones."

Career Opportunities

A Law Clerk is a person qualified through education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, legal corporate department, governmental agency, or other entity in a capacity or function which involves performance, under the ultimate direction and guidance of a lawyer, of duties of an administrative or managerial nature, and/or of specifically-delegated substantive legal work, which requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that in the absence of a Law Clerk, the lawyer would perform.

The place of the Law Clerk in the modern lawyer's office in Ontario has become firmly established. With the development of up-to-date business methods, to keep pace with mounting competition and overhead cost, the employment of Law Clerks has increased over the past few years and will continue to expand.

Lawyers, it is said, look after everybody's business but because of the wide variety of their work, it is impossible for lawyers to handle all of the work entrusted to them. While ultimate responsibility and supervision rest with the lawyer, the Law Clerk assumes much responsibility and must accumulate knowledge on a wide variety of courses.

The type and amount of work done individually, and the degree of supervision, will vary according to ability and experience. In a small general office, a Law Clerk might deal with almost all aspects of the profession, while in a larger office, the tendency would be to specialize.

Entry Requirements

This program is designed as professional development for individuals with experience working in a legal environment under the direct supervision of a lawyer. It is intended to supplement the in-office training of Law Clerks and to enable those having ordinary membership in the Institute. This program is designed as professional development and is NOT designed as an entry level program. A strong command of English language skills, both written and oral, are a definite asset.

For further information on Associate Level Membership, students should call the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario at 416.214.6252 or visit their website at www.ilco.on.ca


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ILC101
Real Estate
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Prerequisite(s):

One year qualifying employment in a legal environment working under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

This course provides the student with a broad foundation of legal concepts and applications relevant to the legal practice area of residential real estate. All aspects of the basic residential real estate transaction are covered including land division in Ontario, the many faceted land registration system, surveys, title insurance, ownership, the agreement of purchase and sale, the numerous applicable statutes, purchasing, selling, financing, closing the transaction, etc. A good command of the written English language is a definite asset.




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ILC102
Probate and Estates
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Prerequisite(s):

One year qualifying employment in a legal environment working under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

This course deals with the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and the administration of estates. This includes the collection, realization and management of the assets of the deceased and after settlement of the debts of the estate, the payment of legacies and the distribution of the residue to the beneficiaries. The documents to be filed to obtain the required court certificates, preparation of estate accounts, administration of ongoing trusts and the preparation of income tax returns, and estate related litigation are covered. A good command of the written English language is a definite asset.




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ILC103
Corporate Law
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Prerequisite(s):

One year qualifying employment in a legal environment working under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

The Corporate course examines the various types of business ownerships. The course places particular emphasis on the following topics: the corporate and administrative procedures involved in preparing and filing articles of incorporation; organizing a corporation by way of a minute book; preparing and filing relevant incorporation-related documents that relate to the composition of a corporation i.e. articles of amendment, annual returns, extra-provincial filings and dissolutions; financing issues and relevant searches; and share purchase agreements. In this area of law, students should be familiar with the Act(s) governing the formation and operation of a corporation. A good command of the written English language is a definite asset.




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ILC104
Litigation
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Prerequisite(s):

One year qualifying employment in a legal environment working under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

A diverse area of civil practice that presents you with a wide range of duties and responsibilities which may include legal research, drafting pleadings and preparing documents for court proceedings, preparing documentary evidence, preparing for and assisting at trial, and appeals; and conducting examinations in aid of execution and the enforcement of orders.




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ILCO

The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario only offer these programs once a year. They are scheduled so that approximately one week after the last class at Seneca College, you may write the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario provincial examination for the course you have just completed. The same examination is written throughout the province on the same evening.

If you wish to take two courses per year, and bearing in mind the examination schedule, please note the start up of each of the four courses.

Institute Examinations

The Institute of Law Clerks schedules a 2 and 3/4 hour provincial examination approximately one week after Seneca's courses end. It is prepared and marked by lawyers and senior law clerks whom are retained for that purpose by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Registration forms are included in each syllabus and available on the ILCO website. It is the student's responsibility to complete and return the form to the Institute at least four weeks prior to the examination.

Note: A fee of $150 is charged for each Institute examination payable to the Institute.

Examination Schedule 2014

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Course offerings

Examination Schedule 2016/2017

 

REAL ESTATE

Sept. to Jan.

Jan 26, 2017

LITIGATION

Sept. to March

March  21, 2017

ESTATES

Feb. to May

May  31, 2017

CORPORATE

March to June

June  29, 2017

Please confirm on the ILCO website.

Program Contacts

Marianne Tang
Program Assistant
Marianne.Tang@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22536


Karen Miller
Program Coordinator
Karen.Miller@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22826