|Duration:||3 Semesters (13 Months)|
|Start Dates:||Summer, Fall, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
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 practise.
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.
- Substantial completion of a recognized degree or completion of a post secondary diploma from an accredited institution.
- Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
- Academic equivalents for four general education credits and for EAC150.
- English proficiency at the college level.
- See Accelerated Delivery Mode Section.
- Students are required to be highly literate in the English language with good writing and analytical skills to be successful in this accelerated program. Applicant selection may include the assessment of English skills/proficiency.
- Although not required for admission, a high degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m. are considered assets.
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.
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 and or as a private practitioner.
An accelerated, full-time PLEA diploma program for those who have already graduated with a degree or post secondary diploma.
(The standard program is PLE.)
Accelerated Delivery Mode
The accelerated version of the regular, four–semester diploma program is designed for students who can demonstrate that they have previously achieved the academic equivalents of four general education credits and EAC150. This allows the completion of the professional courses in the curriculum over a period of three semesters instead of the four that constitute the regular PLE program, plus four weeks for field placement.
Having met all of the academic requirements, you will have the opportunity to participate in a four–week unpaid field placement following the end of final examinations in third 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.
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 www.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.
Important Academic Dates
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|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|
|LGL411||Legal Research and Writing||3|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LGL237||Residential Landlord and Tenant Law||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|
|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|
|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:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
|Program Coordinator:||Linda Pasternak
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22819
|Program Chair:||Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
“The practical, hands–on approach that Seneca provides has had a major influence on the development of my career. After graduating from Seneca I went on to become a lawyer and I find that my Seneca experience and even the materials, e.g. college textbooks, are used almost daily to run my law practice.
Having knowledge and understanding not only in theory but in practice gives me the tools I need to oversee the actual operation of my practice. The Seneca program has certainly had a very positive impact on myself as a young legal professional.”
Graduate, Court and Tribunal Agent
(now Paralegal) Accelerated Program