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  • Paralegal (Accelerated)

    Paralegal (Accelerated)

Program Code:PLEA
Duration:3 Semesters (13 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare 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.


This is an accelerated, full-time Paralegal diploma program for those who have already graduated with a degree or post-secondary diploma and is designed for students who can demonstrate that they have previously achieved the academic equivalents of four general education credits and College English. This allows the completion of the professional subjects in the curriculum over a period of three semesters instead of four, plus four weeks for field placement.

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:

  • A degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution. Applicants with substantial completion of a degree may be considered.
  • Academic equivalents for four general arts education credits and College English
    • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS
  • English Proficiency at the postsecondary level

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their academic background: grades, number of completed credits and relevance to the program.
  • Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.


  • High degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m. are recommended for your success in the program.

Your Career

Accelerate your studies. Your new career begins earlier with our three semester accelerated 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 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.


University of Sussex:

Students who have a Canadian university degree and who graduate with a 3.0 GPA from the Paralegal (Accelerated) program will be eligible for a guaranteed place in the first year of the two or three-year program at the University of Sussex that leads to a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree.

Important Academic Dates

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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
LGL102 Contracts and Torts 4
LGL113 Legal Entities and Relationships 3
LGL123 Introduction to the Legal System for PLE/CTA 3
LGL201 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
LGL214 Legal Computer Applications 3
LGL215 Immigration Law 2
LGL411 Legal Research and Writing 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LGL126 Administrative Law 2
LGL232 Employment Law 3
LGL237 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law 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
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LGL226 Tribunal Practice and Procedure 3
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
FPL490 Field Placement

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

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
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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