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  • Paralegal

    Paralegal

Program Code:PLE
Campus:Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program prepares you to become a licensed paralegal in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society Act. As a licensed paralegal, you may act in a self–employed capacity and offer specified legal services directly to the public for a fee without the supervision of a lawyer, or you may be a salaried employee in various legal environments. This program provides training in those areas in which a licensed paralegal may legally practice.

In this program, you will acquire an understanding of general principles of law and receive theoretical and practical training in specific legal subjects, legal ethics and small business practice. You will use your well-developed literacy skills in every course as you interpret detailed instructions, apply legislation to fact situations and prepare a variety of legal documents and letters. Your fluency in English is critical for your success and there is a high focus on effective communication skills, both verbal and written, from the beginning of your program to graduation.

On successful completion of all the elements of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including full attendance, you'll receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Field Placement

Having met all the necessary academic requirements, you will have the opportunity to participate in a four week unpaid field placement at the end of final examinations in fourth semester. With the support and assistance of the school’s faculty and staff, you will play an active role in securing your placement. Those wishing to be placed in a court or other government setting will have to provide a police clearance certificate.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
    • Grade 12 The Writer’s Craft
    • Grade 11 Canadian History and Politics Since 1945
    • High degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m.

Fees

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Your Career

Your new career begins with our four-semester Paralegal diploma program which has been accredited by The Law Society of Upper Canada. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to pursue your paralegal licence and explore career opportunities in paralegal firms, private and public sector law departments, law offices, legal clinics or as a private practitioner.

Professional Accreditation

This program has been accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. To obtain a paralegal licence, an individual will need to graduate from an accredited program, pass a licensing examination and be of good character. Please refer to the Law Society website at lsuc.on.ca for information regarding the requirements for paralegal licensing. Paralegal application and licensing fees are not included in any fee schedule quoted by Seneca College.

Licensing Requirements:

Effective May 1, 2007, paralegals are required to be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CSL200 Advanced Communication Skills for Legal Professionals 3
EAC150 College English 3
LGL102 Contracts and Torts 4
LGL113 Legal Entities and Relationships 3
LGL123 Introduction to the Legal System for PLE/CTA 3
LGL214 Legal Computer Applications 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LGL126 Administrative Law 2
LGL201 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
LGL215 Immigration Law 2
LGL232 Employment Law 3
LGL237 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law 3
LGL411 Legal Research and Writing 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LGL226 Tribunal Practice and Procedure 3
PLA301 Legal Accounting 3
PLE301 Evidence and the Litigation Process 3
PLL301 Legislation for Small Claims Court 2
PLO311 Criminal Summary Conviction Procedure 3
PLR301 Refugee Law for Paralegals 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PLC401 Small Claims Court Practice and Procedure 4
PLD401 Advocacy 4
PLE427 Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2
PLO401 Provincial Offences / Motor Vehicle Offences 3
PLP403 Practice Management and Business Communication 3
PLY401 Computer Applications for Paralegals 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
FPL490 Field Placement

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Advanced Communication Skills for Legal Professionals
College English
Contracts and Torts
Introduction to the Legal System
Legal Entities and Relationships
Legal Computer Applications
 
Semester 2
Administrative Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Immigration Law
Employment Law
Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
Legal Research and Writing
General Education Option
 
Semester 3
Tribunal Practice and Procedure
Legal Accounting
Evidence and the Litigation Process
Legislation for Small Claims Court
Criminal Summary Conviction Procedure
Refugee Law and Paralegals
General Education Option
 
Semester 4
Small Claims Court Practice and Procedure
Advocacy
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Provincial Offences/Motor Vehicle Offences
Practice Management and Business Communication
Computer Applications for Paralegals
General Education Option
Field Placement

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Email: admissions@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Email: Ida.Yee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Email: Randy.Ramnanan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Linda Pasternak
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22819
Email: Linda.Pasternak@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
Email: Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca
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