Skip to main content
Paralegal (Accelerated)

Paralegal (Accelerated)

Program Code:PLEA
Campus:Newnham
Duration:3 Semesters (13 Months)
Offered:Summer
Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare you to become a licensed paralegal in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society Act. As a licensed paralegal, you may act in a self-employed capacity and offer specified legal services directly to the public for a fee without the supervision of a lawyer, or you may be a salaried employee in various legal environments. This program provides training in those areas in which a licensed paralegal may legally practice. In this program, you will acquire an understanding of general principles of law and receive theoretical and practical training in specific legal subjects, legal ethics and small business practice. You will use your well-developed literacy skills in every course as you interpret detailed instructions, apply legislation to fact situations and prepare a variety of legal documents and letters. Your fluency in English is critical for your success and there is a high focus on effective communication skills, both verbal and written, from the beginning of your program to graduation.

On successful completion of all the elements of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including full attendance, you'll receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Accelerated

This is an accelerated, full-time Paralegal diploma program for those who have already graduated with a degree or post-secondary diploma and is designed for students who can demonstrate that they have previously achieved the academic equivalents of four general education credits and College English. This allows the completion of the professional subjects in the curriculum over a period of three semesters instead of four, plus four weeks for field placement.

Field Placement

Having met all the necessary academic requirements, you will have the opportunity to participate in a four week unpaid field placement at the end of final examinations in third semester. With the support and assistance of the school's faculty and staff, you will play an active role in securing your placement. Those wishing to be placed in a court or other government setting will have to provide a police clearance certificate.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution. Applicants with substantial completion of a degree may be considered.
  • Academic equivalents for four general arts education credits and College English
    • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS
  • English Proficiency at the postsecondary level

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their academic background: grades, number of completed credits and relevance to the program.
  • Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Note:

  • High degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m. are recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

Loading Tuition Costs

Your Career

Accelerate your studies. Your new career begins earlier with our three semester accelerated Paralegal diploma program which has been accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to pursue your paralegal licence and explore career opportunities in paralegal firms, private and public sector law departments, law offices, legal clinics or as a private practitioner.

Professional Accreditation

This program has been accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. To obtain a paralegal licence, an individual will need to graduate from an accredited program, pass a licensing examination and be of good character. Please refer to the Law Society website at lsuc.on.ca for information regarding the requirements for paralegal licensing. Paralegal application and licensing fees are not included in any fee schedule quoted by Seneca College.

Licensing Requirements:

Effective May 1, 2007, paralegals are required to be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
LGL151 Introduction to the Legal System for Paralegals
LGL152 Contracts and Torts for Paralegals
LGL153 Legal Entities and Relationships for Paralegals
LGL154 Computer Applications for Paralegals
LGL156 Administrative Law for Paralegals
LGL160 Legal Drafting and Communication
LGL215 Immigration Law
LGL250 Legal Research for Paralegals
 
Semester 2
LGL251 Employment Law for Paralegals
LGL252 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law for Paralegals
PLA350 Legal Accounting
PLE351 Evidence and the Litigation Process
PLO352 Criminal Law / Summary Conviction Procedure
PLR301 Refugee Law for Paralegals
PLT353 Tribunal Practice and Procedure
 
Semester 3
FPL491 Field Placement for Paralegals
PLC450 Small Claims Court - Practice and Procedure
PLD451 Advocacy
PLE452 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
PLN455 Alternative Dispute Resolution
PLO453 Provincial Offences / Motor Vehicle Offences
PLP454 Practice Management and Business Communication
PLY354 Computer Applications for Paralegals

2015/2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015 & Winter 2016

Semester 1
LGL150 Legal Drafting and Communication
LGL151 Introduction to the Legal System for Paralegals
LGL152 Contracts and Torts for Paralegals
LGL153 Legal Entities and Relationships for Paralegals
LGL154 Computer Applications for Paralegals
LGL156 Administrative Law for Paralegals
LGL215 Immigration Law
LGL250 Legal Research for Paralegals
 
Semester 2
LGL251 Employment Law for Paralegals
LGL252 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law for Paralegals
PLA350 Legal Accounting
PLE351 Evidence and the Litigation Process
PLO352 Criminal Law / Summary Conviction Procedure
PLR301 Refugee Law for Paralegals
PLT353 Tribunal Practice and Procedure
 
Semester 3
FPL491 Field Placement for Paralegals
PLC450 Small Claims Court - Practice and Procedure
PLD451 Advocacy
PLE452 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
PLN455 Alternative Dispute Resolution
PLO453 Provincial Offences / Motor Vehicle Offences
PLP454 Practice Management and Business Communication
PLY354 Computer Applications for Paralegals

Summer 2016

Semester 1
LGL151 Introduction to the Legal System for Paralegals
LGL152 Contracts and Torts for Paralegals
LGL153 Legal Entities and Relationships for Paralegals
LGL154 Computer Applications for Paralegals
LGL156 Administrative Law for Paralegals
LGL160 Legal Drafting and Communication
LGL215 Immigration Law
LGL250 Legal Research for Paralegals
 
Semester 2
LGL251 Employment Law for Paralegals
LGL252 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law for Paralegals
PLA350 Legal Accounting
PLE351 Evidence and the Litigation Process
PLO352 Criminal Law / Summary Conviction Procedure
PLR301 Refugee Law for Paralegals
PLT353 Tribunal Practice and Procedure
 
Semester 3
FPL491 Field Placement for Paralegals
PLC450 Small Claims Court - Practice and Procedure
PLD451 Advocacy
PLE452 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
PLN455 Alternative Dispute Resolution
PLO453 Provincial Offences / Motor Vehicle Offences
PLP454 Practice Management and Business Communication
PLY354 Computer Applications for Paralegals

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: To Be Announced
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Ida.Yee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Randy.Ramnanan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Linda Pasternak
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22819
Linda.Pasternak@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
  Financial Aid & Awards

 

Need more information?

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

At Seneca College we respect your privacy. We do not share your information with third parties.

* indicates required field.