Fanshawe College

Region: Ontario Answer # 2812

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 is the Fanshawe College Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program?

Fanshawe College’s LSO accredited one-year Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program focuses on a number of areas to prepare its students to work in the legal field as a paralegal, including:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Torts and Contracts
  • Criminal matters
  • Motor vehicle Offences
  • Tenant and Landlord Law
  • Tribunal Practices
  • Employment Law


Admission requirements

  • a College Diploma in a Law related area
    (Note: minimum ‘B’ average or cumulative 3.0 GPA)


  • a University Degree


  • an equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College


  • a combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above


  • 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:

  • Provincial and Summary offences Court
  • Small Claims Court
  • Tribunals such as immigration, human rights, social assistance, and workplace and safety

More info

For more information on the Fanshawe College Paralegal Program, including fees, full admission requirements, and how to apply, visit fanshawec.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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