Paralegal
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  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Applicants with a College Diploma or substantial completion of a University Degree may apply to Paralegal - Accelerated.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
If you're looking for a rewarding career in the social justice arena, the Paralegal program at St. Clair College will provide the necessary education, knowledge and skills to get you started.

A Paralegal provides legal services to clients within the permitted scope of practice. This includes representing clients in provincial offences court, which includes highway traffic offences, municipal by-law matters, liquor license cases, occupational health and safety issues, as well as civil litigation matters in small claims court. Paralegals may also appear in the Ontario Court of Justice representing clients charged with less serious criminal offences. Paralegals may represent clients in a broad range of tribunals such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Human Rights Commission, and Landlord and Tenant Board, to name a few.

Paralegal is now a licensed profession with the Law Society of Upper Canada and St. Clair College's program will prepare students to meet this accreditation process.

Students applying to this program should have effective time-management skills, be detail-oriented, well-organized and able to work independently towards deadlines and under pressure. Students should have strong oral and written communication skills.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Paralegal Program has been accreditated in accordance with the standards established by the Law Society of Upper Canada's Paralegal Education Program Accreditation Policy (PEPA).
  • Curriculum prepares students for licensing examinations administered by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which is mandatory for a practicing Paralegal in Ontario.
  • The program is set-up in part as an office simulation and includes mock hearings and trials.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Career opportunities include self-employment, law firms, legal departments of corporations, administrative tribunals and government agencies.

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance, you jeopardize the opportunity to complete your field placements. Checks are also required for clinics.

In the event of a shortage of placements or internship sites, you may be required to perform your placement or internship duties on off hours, which may include evenings and weekends.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
PLG105
3

Intro to Legal Communications & Paralegal Skills and Practice Mgt.
PLG120
3
Introduction to the Legal System
PLG140
2
Administrative Law
PLG155
3
Legal Research & Writing
PLG160
3
Criminal Procedures
PLG170
3
Landlord & Tenant
PLG210
2
Legal Computer Applications
COM200
3
Communications

Semester 2
PLG205
3
Paralegal Skills & Practice Management II
PLG220
3
Small Claims Court
PLG260
3
Provincial Offences
PLG290
3
Paralegal Clinic I
PLG130
2
Torts & Contracts
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PLG340
4
Employment Law

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
PLG305
3
Paralegal Skills & Practice Management III
PLG310
2
Ethics & Rules of Professional Conduct
PLG320
2
Legal Accounting
PLG270
3
Tribunal Practice & Procedure
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
BRS200
3
Immigration Law
PLG390
3
Paralegal Clinic II



Semester 4
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PLG230
3
Evidence & The Litigation Process
PLG330
3
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
PLG365
3
Advocacy
PLG180
2

Critical Thinking, Reasoning & Persuasive Arguments

Semester 5
PLG500
9
Field Placement