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Paralegal

Available: Fall

Program Description

This program prepares 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.

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 fourth 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.

Campus

Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Your new career begins with our four-semester 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.

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).

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 12 The Writer’s Craft
    • 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

$1,325


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

Linda Pasternak 416.491.5050 ext. 22819 Linda.Pasternak@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