Completion of a College Diploma or substantial completion of a University Degree.
For the non-accelerated program, see Paralegal program
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.
- The program is set-up in part as an office simulation and includes mock hearings and trials.
- In addition to a 140 hour field placement, students have the opportunity to work in the St Clair College Forms Completion Clinic to gain valuable real life experience working with clients while offering an invaluable service to the community.
- The Paralegal Program has been accredited in accordance with the standards established by the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Paralegal Education Program Accreditation Policy (PEPA).
Career opportunities include self-employment, law firms, legal departments of corporations, administrative tribunals and government agencies.
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.
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.
Intro to Legal Communications & Paralegal Skills and Practice Mgt.
Introduction to the Legal System
Legal Research & Writing
Landlord & Tenant
Legal Computer Applications
Critical Thinking, Reasoning & Persuasive Arguments
Paralegal Skills & Practice Management II
Small Claims Court
Paralegal Clinic I
Torts & Contracts
Tribunal Practice & Procedure