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Law Clerk

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

As a student, you'll train to become a law clerk, assisting lawyers in private law offices and in the law departments of government and industry. You'll acquire an understanding of the general principles of law and receive specific training in the skills appropriate for law clerks.

You will use your well-developed literacy skills in every course as you interpret detailed instructions, both verbal and written, 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 communicating effectively from the beginning of your program to graduation.

Areas of concentration include Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial Law and Litigation.

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.

Required Keyboarding Speeds

  • 30 w.p.m. (net) at the end of first semester
  • 40 w.p.m. (net) at the end of second semester
  • 45 w.p.m. (net) at the end of third semester
  • 50 w.p.m. (net) for graduation

Campus

Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Earn your Law Clerk diploma and be prepared for a career as a law clerk or legal assistant in a wide range of law office environments. Major employers include small to large law firms, governments and corporate law departments.

Professional Accreditation

Successfully complete our Law Clerk program and you'll be eligible for membership as an Ordinary Member in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, and you may apply for membership as an Associate Member after having worked for three years without having to write the Associate's examination(s).

Related Careers

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

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

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
    • Grade 11 Canadian History and Politics Since 1945
    • High degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m.

Program Costs

2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition – Domestic

$3,923

Tuition – International

$14,410

Book & Supply Costs

$1,875


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Admissions

Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Domestic
Stacy Chan 416.491.5050 ext. 22806 Stacy.Chan@senecacollege.ca
International

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

JoAnn Kurtz 416.491.5050 ext. 22811 Joann.Kurtz@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Wanda Forsythe 416.491.5050 ext. 22745 Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions


Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities


Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees


A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates


Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network