Paralegal Course & Program
Diploma Program – 44 weeks
(Including 4 week practical placement)
Monday to Friday, 5 hours per day
Are you a well-organized, quick-thinking individual, with excellent communication and customer service skills? Then the Paralegal program may be the right choice for you! Legislative changes have made Paralegal a licensed profession in Ontario and clients are looking for access to cost effective legal services. Our Paralegal Diploma program prepares you for a career in this expanding field.
Paralegal Program Objective
The objective of the Paralegal courses is to provide the student with the required substantive law training to successfully enter the Law Society of Upper Canada’s paralegal licensing process. Students will learn constitutional and administrative law, client interviewing, legal research, evidence, small claims court, provincial offences, legal writing, dispute resolution and mediation, legal computer applications, tribunals, immigration law and landlord and tenant law. All law courses are taught by lawyers or licenced paralegals.
The following paralegal courses will help you establish a legal services business of your own: ethics and professional responsibility, practice management / operating a small business and legal accounting. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Bookkeeping are also invaluable tools.
The intensive structure of our paralegal program includes traditional lecture and seminar courses, as well as field trips to local Courts and tribunals. There are also a number of mock hearings and presentations throughout the program. A co-op placement will ensure you graduate with exposure to the profession, and the requisite hours to qualify for the Licensing process. You will find a new confidence in yourself and your skills after your time with us.
Paralegal Co-op Placements
Algonquin Careers Academy has built excellent relationships with a variety of legal institutions including law firms, paralegal firms, legal aid agencies, and government organizations. Our students will have a 4 week co-op work placement where they will use the skills learned in the classroom and experience their profession from the practical perspective.
The Paralegal programs of Algonquin Careers Academy, Ottawa and Mississauga, are accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Becoming a Licensed Paralegal in the Province of Ontario
To provide legal services in Ontario a person must be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada (“the Law Society”).
To obtain a license, a person must graduate from a program accredited by the Law Society, pass a licensing examination and be of good character.
For more information about the paralegal regulation and licensing requirements, please visit the Law Society’s website at www.lsuc.on.ca or call the Member Resource Centre at 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380.
Paralegal Career Opportunities
The need for well-trained, competent legal professionals has never been greater. Paralegals in Ontario now have their own scope of practice and, within these permitted areas, are an affordable option for legal services.
Paralegals may act independently in the representation of clients. Paralegals may represent clients in small claims matters; landlord/tenant matters; matters before all federal and provincial agencies, Boards and Commissions as well as tribunals such as the Landlord Tenant Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. They may also appear on summary conviction procedure criminal offences.
Paralegals may also find employment in a wide variety of workplaces, including:
- Government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal)
- Large Corporations
- Self-Employed Paralegal
- Law and Paralegal Firms
- Banks/Financial Institutions
- Insurance Companies
- Courts (Federal and Provincial)
- Legal Clinics
- Other Law-Related Occupations
Paralegal Wage Information
Low Median High
$15.50 $25.00 $41.21
Source: Paralegal and Related Occupations (NOC 4211) Ontario www.jobbank.gc.ca, April 2015
Paralegal Program Admission Requirements
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent, or if 18 years of age or over, you may apply as a mature student and write an entrance exam
- Ontario grade 12 English or equivalent
- Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all Paralegals
- Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Immigration approval
- Assessment Interview to determine suitability for the Paralegal program
- A criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to become licensed in Ontario – please discuss with our Admissions Advisor or LSUC before enrolling in a paralegal program