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

About the Program

This four-semester diploma program will prepare you to work under the supervision of a lawyer in a fast-paced legal environment. In addition to learning about legal principles and ethics, you will obtain practical, hands-on training that will equip you for success in the workplace. The curriculum focuses on real estate, corporate and commercial, litigation, wills and estates, and family law with an emphasis on the technological skills needed in these practice areas.  

Taught by lawyers and law clerks with excellent professional experience, the program will offer you with opportunities to engage with current law clerks, leading industry experts, and legal recruiters through workshops, law firm tours, court visits, career preparation events, field placement, and various speaking engagements.

Fluency in English is critical to your success in the program and the legal environment, and there is a strong focus on communicating effectively from the beginning of your program to graduation.

This program is also offered in an accelerated format which allows the completion of the program in three semesters instead of four, if you have:

  • Substantial completion of a degree or completion of a postsecondary diploma, with the academic equivalents of three general education subjects and College English Academic equivalents of three general education credits and COM101, Communicating Across Contexts.

Work Experience

Field Placement

Meet all the necessary academic requirements and you will have the opportunity to participate in an unpaid field placement. 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.

Your Career

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

  • Small to large law firms

  • Legal departments of corporations

  • Financial institutions 

  • Government offices

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Professional communication and proofreading

  • Legal drafting 

  • Problem-solving  

  • Organization and time management

  • Ability to conduct research, review legislation and synthesize relevant information 

  • Ability to collaborate and work in group settings

  • Proficiency in word processing and legal technology 

Professional Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this program, you may be eligible for memberships such as:

  • An Ordinary Member in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO), and

  • An Associate Member of ILCO, after having worked for three years without having to write the Associate's examination(s).