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Overview

Recognition: Seneca College's Law Clerk Diploma Program has been recognized by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario as equivalent to their Associate level educational requirement.

This program is designed to train students to become Law Clerks to assist lawyers in private law offices and in legal departments of government and industry. Students acquire an understanding of the general principles of law and receive specific training in the skills required to work in these environments.

Graduates may find employment with law firms and in legal departments of corporations and government agencies.

Please Note: As the program is continually being updated, requirements for completion may change from time to time in accordance with the College's Academic Policy. It is the student's responsibility to review the program requirements every semester.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Accelerated Program

If you have graduated from a Canadian University or Community College where the language of instruction is English and provide us with an official transcript showing you have graduated, you may be accepted into the Accelerated Law Clerk Program, and may be exempted from four General Education requirements and College English, EAC150. Please submit your transcript AND Transfer Credit Request (Advanced Standing form) to the Degree and Credit Transfer Office

Program Progression

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that courses are taken in the correct sequence in order to meet prerequisite requirements. Students who take courses out of sequence should be aware that if they do not have the proper prerequisites they can be withdrawn at any time during the semester and incur financial and/or academic penalties. Students should not register for courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. Contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your situation if you are uncertain as to which courses to take.

Students are expected to complete the four modules in sequence, and complete their field placement after successful completion of all 4 modules. General Education courses can be taken at any time in the program.

Entry Requirements

Studying at a College English (EAC150) level based on the English Assessment, result or Advanced Standing. Students cannot register for LXS111: Introduction to the Legal System in the Law Clerk program without prior completion of or registration in EAC150.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

Diploma Requirements

EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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LXS111
Introduction to the Legal System
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Prerequisite(s):

Completion of, or placement in EAC150, based on the results of the English Assessment or advanced standing.

This course introduces students to important elements of the Canadian legal system. Topics include an introduction to the nature of law, the sources of law, the legal system, the court system, the legal profession, the Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights, human rights legislation, and methods of analysis.




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LGL114
Contracts and Torts
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This course introduces the students to two basic areas of the law, namely contracts and torts. Contracts form the foundation of commerce in today's complex society. In this segment of the course the student learns what a contract is, when it is valid, how it may end, how a party deals with breach of contract, and the role of the courts in enforcing contracts and awarding damages for their breach. In the segment dealing with torts, the student learns about various aspects of tort law, with a particular focus on negligence, liability without fault, tort damages and common statutory torts.




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LXR216
Real Estate I
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Prerequisite(s):

Completion of, or placement in EAC150, based on the results of the English Assessment or advanced standing.

This introduction to real estate law covers Ontario land registration systems and specific interests in land. Topics include a review of the relevant legal documents; government controls on the use and disposition of land; registered owner status and relevant statutes and title searching in both the Land Titles and Registry systems.




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LOA101
Introduction to Legal Office Applications
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Prerequisite(s):

Completion of, or placement in EAC150, based on the results of the English Assessment or advanced standing.

Students are introduced to the legal office environment including legal terminology, areas of law, professional organizations, law office accounting and records management. Students learn how to prepare legal correspondence and legal documents common to many areas of law such as Powers of Attorney, Statutory Declarations and Affidavits. Students also learn how to prepare accounts, trust ledger statements and dockets manually and by using PC Law. Students must obtain an average net keyboarding speed of 50 wpm on three five-minute timed writings to graduate from the Seneca Law Clerk Diploma program.




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LXD212
Litigation I
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 and all 100 level courses.

This course introduces the student to the civil litigation process in Ontario, beginning with a descriptive overview of the process from the commencement of proceedings to the end of the trial. Students then study in detail the process through to the close of pleadings, focusing on the rules of procedure and on practical tasks often undertaken by law clerks, including opening files, interviewing clients and drafting pleadings and affidavits of service.




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LXY234
Legal Document Production I
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 and all 100 level courses.

Students are introduced to the legal document production process through the use of advanced Microsoft Word and produce a variety of legal documents in a number of legal areas including creating jurats for Affidavits of Service, Statutory Declarations, Factums, and a Motion Record. Students are also introduced to the various advanced functions of PC Law.




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LXC212
Corporate and Commercial Law I
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC150 and all 100 level courses.

This course introduces students to the various types of business organizations including sole proprietorships and corporations. It examines the process of incorporation, the changes to corporate structure and the roles of directors, officers and shareholders of a corporation.




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LXM211
Family Law I
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Prerequisite(s):

All 100 level courses.

Family Law I is the first of two sequential family law courses which integrate substantive law and theory with practical skills that law clerks require in a family law practice. The course examines divorce, support, custody, access, court procedures and the preparation of relevant family law documents.




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LXC312
Corporate and Commercial Law II
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Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses.

This course is a continuation of LXC212 and examines the rights and remedies of secured and unsecured creditors of a corporation, and the enforcement of security interests. It also covers agency relationships, the concept of a trust, the termination of a corporation's existence and the purchase and sale of a business and how to carry out a bulk sale under the Bulk Sales Act.




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LXD311
Litigation II
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Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses.

This course is a continuation of LXD 211, Litigation I, examining procedural rules, proceedings, processes and documents from discovery through to trial in the Superior Court. In addition, this course examines special procedures including the commercial list, simplified procedure, Toronto Case Management and mandatory mediation, and commencement of appeals.




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LXY324
Legal Document Production II
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Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses.

This course continues the legal document production process through the use of Word for Windows, stored document/disk packages, and dedicated legal software: Summation (Automated Civil Litigation), Fast Company and Divorcemate.




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LXR315
Real Estate II
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Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses.

In this course students are taken through the steps of a standard residential real estate transaction from receipt of the agreement of purchase and sale through closing and post-closing. Students learn the additional procedures involved in the purchase of a new home, the purchase of a condominium, and the purchase of a cottage property. Students also learn about the procedures involved in the sale of a property under power of sale and are introduced to landlord and tenant law.




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LXM322
Family Law II
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Prerequisite(s):

All 200 level courses.

This course builds upon the substantive law base learned in Family Law I, focusing on practical skills required by law clerks in a family law practice. This course examines matrimonial property rights, financial statements, procedure on a property claim, separation agreements, enforcement of orders, and variation and indexing of orders.




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LXE411
Estates
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Prerequisite(s):

All 300 level courses.

This course is a study of the laws and procedures concerning the drafting of wills, powers of attorney and estate administration in Ontario. The first part of this course concentrates on the laws relating to testacy and intestacy and basic will drafting. The remainder of the course examines aspects of estate administration including administration prior to obtaining a certificate, estate certificates, asset administration, passing of accounts, income tax returns and powers of attorney.




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LGL412
Legal Research and Writing
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This course provides students with an introduction to legal research and basic techniques of good legal writing. Students develop the skills necessary to analyze simple legal problems and to research basic legal questions. Students learn how to find and update primary sources of law using both paper and computerized sources. Students learn how to read, interpret and apply statutes, regulations and cases. Emphasis is placed on Ontario and federal law.




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LXJ432
Debtor Creditor Law
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Prerequisite(s):

All 300 level courses.

An introduction to debt collection procedures including commencement of proceedings, obtaining default judgment, enforcing judgments and orders, Small Claims Court actions, and documenting debt settlements.




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LXY434
Legal Document Production III
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Prerequisite(s):

All 300 level courses.

This course gives students an opportunity to continue to develop their Advanced Word and document formatting skills. Students use PCLaw and Estate-A-Base.




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General Education

4 General Education Options 4 General Education Options
Field Placements

FPL330
Field Placement I
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Prerequisite(s):

All Law Clerk Courses and Approval of Field Placement Coordinator

Students spend 10 business days acquiring learning skills in a legal setting. Students must find their own placement opportunity and have this approved by the field placement coordinator before registering for the course.




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FPL430
Field Placement II
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Prerequisite(s):

FPL330

Students spend an additional 10 business days refining and acquiring further learning skills in a legal setting. Students must find their own placement opportunity and have this approved by the field placement coordinator before registering for the course.




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General Education Requirements

Students must successfully complete four general education courses with at least two different course codes.

Note that CAN271 Law and the Citizen cannot be used as General Education credits in this program.

Keyboarding Speed Requirement

Typing speed will be tested in LXY234, LXY324 and LXY434 or PRE022. The Law Clerk program requires students to demonstrate an average net keyboarding speed of 50 nwpm on 3 five minute timed writings with 5 errors or less in order to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students are required to achieve an average keyboarding speed of at least 50 nwpm on 3 five minute timed writings, with 5 errors or less.
  2. Successful completion of the curriculum plus two field placements, totalling 20 days, FPL330 and FPL430.

Field Placement

Prior to registering for field placement or for field placement enquiries please email Rosanna Latino. A satisfactory criminal record check may be required for some field placements. Students cannot register for FPLs until all professional courses have been completed - no exceptions will be made.

Program Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing.
  • Complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment.
  • Use current and relevant electronic and print resources, within the legal environment, to conduct legal research, to assist with file and evidentiary management, to facilitate communication and generate legal documentation, complying with current regulations and procedures.
  • Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team.
  • Apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices.
  • Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments.
  • Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk.
  • Act equitably and justly with diverse populations.
  • Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Program Contacts

Dedra Profitt
Program Assistant
dedra.profitt@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22635


Karen Skeaff
Academic Program Manager
karen.skeaff@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.26626


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.