Starts in January, September
Are you looking forward to working in the fast-paced legal industry? This two-year legal paraprofessional program will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to work alongside lawyers on their cases in a corporate, government or law firm setting. The curriculum is taught by legal professionals with extensive experience who will focus your learning on real estate, corporate and commercial law, litigation, wills and estates, and family law. Through workshops, law firm tours, court visits, career preparation events, a field placement and speaking engagements, you’ll acquire the technical skills, principles and ethics required for practise.
Your fluency in English is critical for your success and there is a strong focus on effective communication skills, both verbal and written, throughout the program.
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:
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).
This two-year diploma program prepares you to work in the justice sector as a professional public service administrator or clerk for court.
This one-year diploma program prepares you to work in an administrative role in a law firm, government office or corporate legal department.