This two-year 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.
Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:
Professional communication and proofreading
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
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.
When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:
Small to large law firms
Legal departments of corporations
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).