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  • Paralegal


Program Code:PLE
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 courses, legal ethics and small business practice.

On successful completion of all the elements of LGL201, including full attendance, you’ll receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Articulate and adhere to the permitted scope of paralegal practice and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct and complete all work in compliance with the ethical and professional responsibilities of a Paralegal.
  • Manage a paralegal practice and operate a small business, within the Paralegal Rules of Conduct relevant to these matters by effectively utilizing administrative and business management skills.
  • Describe the fundamental elements of the Canadian government and legal system, including the Constitution Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the organization of the Canadian court system, and the basic principles of property, business and consumer law.
  • Articulate and adhere to the basic principles of tort and contract law.
  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda and reports.
  • Adhere to the civil litigation process, within the permitted scope of paralegal practice, and apply procedural and evidentiary rules related to proceedings in the Small Claims Court.
  • Describe the principles of criminal law, and adhere to the rules relating to proceedings under the Criminal Code before a summary conviction court.
  • Describe the principles of the law of provincial offences, and adhere to the rules relating to proceedings under the Provincial Offences Act before the Ontario Court of Justice.
  • Make effective client representation before courts and administrative tribunals within the permitted scope of paralegal practice.
  • Compare and contrast various alternate dispute resolution mechanisms, select an appropriate mechanism as required, and explain to the client the potential consequences of the dispute resolution mechanism.
  • Adhere to the basic principles of administrative law, and of general practice and procedure before administrative tribunals.
  • Articulate and adhere to the principles of employment law, and the practice and procedure related to the administrative tribunals that deal with employment matters.
  • Articulate and adhere to residential landlord and tenant law, and the practice and procedure before the Landlord and Tenant Board.
  • Draft all necessary documents in a clear, concise and accurate manner.
  • Apply basic accounting principles, terminology, and operations to all paralegal obligations related to trust accounts, and the Law Society’s requirements for book and record keeping.
  • Select and use the appropriate computer software necessary to produce correspondence, spreadsheets, memoranda and legal documents.
  • Prepare an employment resume in accordance with professional legal standards.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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).


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • 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.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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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 and or as a private practitioner.

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. Students may have a shared responsibility for securing a placement, and those wishing to be placed in a court or other government setting will have to provide a police clearance certificate.

Licensing Requirements

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

Note: 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 for information regarding the requirements for paralegal licensing. Paralegal application and licensing fees are not included in any fee schedule quoted by Seneca College.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, Business Administration – International Development or Business Administration – Co-op)
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Brock University• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Legal Studies – Bridge
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


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

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Linda Pasternak
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22819
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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“Seneca's Paralegal program provided me with excellent training for entering the paralegal profession: the courses combine high academic standards with practical, hands–on training. I found the professors to be not only knowledgeable, but also very helpful and supportive.”

Zohreh Golestani
2010 Graduate

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