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Location
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

Seneca is delivering this program in an online format in January 2021. Learn more about technical requirements for online learning.

About the Program

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:

  • 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.

 

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Professional communication and proofreading

  • Legal drafting 

  • Problem-solving  

  • 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 

Work Experience

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.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Small to large law firms

  • Legal departments of corporations

  • Financial institutions 

  • Government offices

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