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2 Semesters (9 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

About the Program

This distinct, one-year articulated program is for you, if you are a graduate of the Law and Society Program of York University or of a Justice Studies degree or equivalent from an Ontario university.

You will be equipped 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 while gaining 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.

This program is also offered as a 2-year diploma program.

Work Experience

Field Placement

Students meeting academic requirements will have the opportunity to participate in a four-week unpaid field placement at the end of the second 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.  

Please note: 

  • For securing field placement at court or other government setting, you will have to provide a police clearance certificate.

  • If you do not have permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship, you 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


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


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