Paralegal - Accelerated | St. Clair College
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Delivered in 15 months
Starts: September

Temporary Delivery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Fall 2020 Program/Course Delivery

Contact:
Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod
519-972-2727 ext. 4415
Randal Semeniuk
519-972-2727 ext. 2768

Program Overview

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.

Program Highlights

  • The program is set-up in part as an office simulation and includes mock hearings and trials.
  • In addition to a 140-hour work 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

Career opportunities include self-employment, law firms, legal departments of corporations, administrative tribunals and government agencies.

Admission Requirements

Completion of a College Diploma or substantial completion of a University Degree.

For the non-accelerated program, see Paralegal program.

Field/Clinical Placements

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.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
PLG105
Legal Communication And Paralegal Practice Management I
3
PLG120
Introduction To The Legal System
3
PLG140
Administrative Law
2
PLG155
Legal Research & Writing
3
PLG160
Criminal Procedures
3
PLG170
Landlord & Tenant
3
PLG210
Legal Computer Applications
2
PLG180
Critical Thinking Reasoning & Persuasive Arguments
2
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
PLG205
Paralegal Practice Management II
3
PLG220
Small Claims Court
3
PLG260
Provincial Offences
3
PLG290
Paralegal Clinic I
3
PLG130
Torts And Contracts
2
PLG340
Employment Law
4
PLG270
Tribunal Practice & Procedure
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
PLG500
Field Placement
9
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
PLG305
Paralegal Practice Management III
3
PLG310
Ethics & Rules Of Professional Conduct
2
PLG320
Legal Accounting
2
PLG330
Alternative Dispute Resolution
3
PLG365
Advocacy
3
PLG230
Evidence & The Litigation Process
3
BRS200
Immigration
3
PLG390
Paralegal Clinic II
3

Your Investment

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

2020-2021 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.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Court and Tribunal Agent (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 52613)

The successful completion of the program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Utilize the applicable legal structure, process, and jurisdictional authority of courts and administrative tribunals to effectively represent clients in disputes and appeals within the permitted scope of paralegal practice
  2. Research, analyse and interpret legislation and examine judicial interpretation of legislation, and produce proper citation of provincial and federal statutes, regulations, case law and other legal resources.
  3. Employ effective human relations, interpersonal, and intervention strategies in support of the client relationship to assist in resolving legal disputes.
  4. Work within areas of permitted practice and articulate limitations on representation for paralegals.
  5. Develop client relationships through interpersonal, and effective oral and written communication skills.
  6. Employ effective administration and business management skills, utilizing basic accounting techniques, office organization and case management strategies.
  7. Utilize information technology resources and current industry computer software.
  8. Develop and assess strategies which adhere to established principles of ethics and codes of conduct, and enhancement of professional competence.
  9. Conduct legal research and collect, analyse and synthesize different research tools for the purposes of legal drafting and representation.
  10. Select, evaluate and utilize effective advocacy techniques, including oral and written legal presentations, using accurate legal terminology.

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