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Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma
School
Seneca Business

About the Program

This two-year diploma program will equip you with necessary skills to work in the justice sector, as a professional administrator or clerk for courts and quasi-judicial administrative tribunals. You will study law, procedure and ethics, and gain hands-on experience in the areas of project management, legal research, government administration and technology. Fluency in English is critical to your success, and there is a strong focus on communicating effectively from the beginning of your program to graduation.

Work Experience

Field Placement

Meet all the academic requirements and you'll have the opportunity to participate in a four–week unpaid field placement at the end of fourth semester. This provides you with practical work experience and exposure to potential employers. 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.

Students who do not have permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship may not be eligible for a field placement with a government department, agency or court.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Superior Court of Justice
  • Federal Court of Canada

Other career opportunities are available in administrative agencies that deal with such matters as landlord and tenant, workplace health and safety, immigrants and refugees, and labour relations.

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Communication, written and verbal
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Organization and time management
  • Ability to conduct research, review legislation and synthesize relevant information
  • Ability to collaborate and work in group settings
  • Project management

Professional Certification

Upon successful completion of the Alternative Dispute Resolution course, including full attendance, you will receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from the School of Legal, Public and Office Administration.

Articulation

Upon graduation from this program with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, you will have the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in York University's Law and Society Program in three years instead of the usual four.