Durham College

Region: Ontario Answer # 2811

To apply for a paralegal licence with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), all applicants must have graduated from a Law Society accredited Paralegal Education Program, which must be from a college approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

What Paralegal Programs does Durham College offer?

Durham College currently offers two LSO accredited paralegal Programs:

1.   Paralegal Diploma Program – four semesters

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Recommended high level of English language proficiency (comprehension and communication)

2.   Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program – two semesters

Admission requirements

  • Law-related degree (criminology, legal/justice studies, or public policy) or diploma (law and security administration, law clerk advanced, or police foundations) with minimum 2.7 grade point average (GPA)
  • Proof of English language proficiency


  • Non-legal related diploma or degree including a minimum of three law-related courses with minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Proof of English language proficiency


  • A minimum of three years of related industry experience detailed in a professional resumé with a letter of intent may be considered
  • Proof of English language proficiency


Where can graduates work?

Graduates who go on to be licensed by the Law Society of Ontario are authorized to independently provide legal services to clients in areas such as:

  • Criminal Court summary convictions
  • Provincial Offences Court
  • Small Claims Court
  • Tribunals such as immigration, human rights, social assistance, and workplace and safety


More info

For more information on the Durham College Paralegal Programs including fees, full admission requirements, and how to apply, visit durhamcollege.ca

The Ontario Paralegal Association (OPA) is the largest professional association of licensed paralegals in Ontario. Its mandate is to represent the interests of paralegals throughout the Province. To find out more, or to become a member, visit the OPA website.


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