Area of Law: Paralegals and Law Clerks
Answer # 2821
Seneca CollegeRegion: Ontario Answer # 2821
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 Seneca College Paralegal Diploma Program?
Graduates of the LSO accredited two-year Paralegal College Diploma Program at Seneca College School of Business will be prepared to write the Law Society licensing examination and become a licensed paralegal in the province. Studies focus on both legal ethics and small-business practice, and skills learned include:
- Written and verbal communication
- Drafting legal documents
- Advocacy (examination, cross-examination, submission of arguments)
- Legal writing and research
- Ability to analyze and apply legislation to real-life situations
- Negotiation and conflict resolution
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR a mature applicant
- English: Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent course
- 2 academic years in periods of 4 semesters
- Opportunity to participate in unpaid four-week field placement
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Students who successfully complete all elements of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including full attendance, will receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from Seneca School of Legal, Public and Office Administration.
For more information on the Paralegal Diploma Program at Seneca College including fees, full admission requirements, and how to apply, visit senecacollege.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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