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Paralegal (PARA)

Available as a two-year program

Many people are overwhelmed by the legal process and the cost of representation. Paralegals help their clients navigate the system and resolve their legal questions. Licensed paralegals can also represent their clients in court. Loyalist’s program is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Program Code

    PARA

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

In Ontario, anyone providing legal representation must be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada. With a diploma from Loyalist, graduates are qualified to apply for a Class P1 licence, which opens doors to a range of interesting careers:

  • Work as a fee-for-service advocate, representing clients in Criminal Court, Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court or before administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board
  • Graduates are employed as provincial offence prosecutors; paralegals in federal and provincial government legal departments; legal assistants in law offices and community legal clinics; and courts administration support staff
  • A junior paralegal working in government earns a starting salary of $45,000 to $48,000

There are also opportunities working under the supervision of a lawyer that don’t involve representing clients in courts and tribunals.  Graduates do not require a Class P1 licence to:

  • Work as part of a legal team supporting lawyers dealing with complex issues and cases
  • Provide in-house client services within government ministries, administrative agencies, private corporations, trade unions and professional associations
  • 91% of 2013 Loyalist grads were employed within six months of graduation (KPI Survey 2013, Forum Research Inc. for MTCU)

Our grads get great jobs

  • Municipal Prosecutor, City of Kawartha
  • Legal Assistant, Templeman Menninga LLP
  • Case Officer, Northumberland County Community and Social Services
  • Paralegal, Department of Justice Canada

Is it for you?

If you’re drawn to the law, you can begin a rewarding career as a licensed paralegal in as little as two years. Successful candidates have:

  • An analytical mind
  • The ability to see problems from different perspectives
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A desire to help others

Experiential learning

Students prepare for the full scope of practice of a licensed paralegal in Ontario, with a blend of classroom instruction and practical experience that includes:

  • Training in substantive law and legal procedures
  • An emphasis on ethical conduct and professional responsibilities
  • Preparing and presenting a case in court before a local judge during a moot trial in the Ontario Court of Justice, where each student is assigned the role of Crown Attorney or the legal representative of an accused

Apply your learning on the job during a field placement in your second year. Loyalist students have completed placements with:

  • Provincial Offences Prosecutor’s office
  • Federal Department of Justice
  • Private law firms
  • Paralegal firms
  • Legal Aid clinics
  • Court administration offices
  • Crown Attorneys’ offices (criminal)

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Get lots of personal attention in small classes with experienced, dedicated faculty
  • Core courses are all taught by experienced lawyers and paralegals licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, some of whom continue to work in their field
  • Instructors have a vast depth of experience ranging from civil litigation to community policing, detective in criminal and drug units, and prosecuting cases ranging from shoplifting to murder as an Assistant Crown Attorney

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