Campus:St. Clair College Centre for the Arts - Windsor (B959)
Program Length:Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
(Delivered in 15 months)
519-972-2727, ext. 4415
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.
- Curriculum prepares students for licensing examinations administered by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which is mandatory for a practicing Paralegal in Ontario
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 by mid September, you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.
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.
Career opportunities include self-employment, law firms, legal departments of corporations, administrative tribunals and government agencies.
Fees are subject to adjustment each year. The standard tuition and compulsory fees for 2012 are:
Total 1st Year Tuition and Compulsory Fees$3,329.80
For textbook prices see the Bookstore website.
For a breakdown of tuition and other compulsory fees for Canadian, U.S. and International students, see Tuition & Fees.