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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Canada K2G 1V8

Paralegal (Graduate Certificate)

Program Information
Faculty: School of Business
Degree: Certificate
Field of Study: Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Description This one year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program, offered in three consecutive semesters, prepares graduates to apply to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to become licensed paralegals. Paralegals are non-lawyers providing legal services in specified areas of practice to the public for a fee. The type of work that a licensed paralegal can perform is governed by the LSO, and this program is restricted to those areas of law. Students learn about case management and trial preparation in areas such as small claims court proceedings, provincial offences and summary conviction matters, as well as proceedings before administrative tribunals. An emphasis is placed on ethics and professional responsibility issues, and the requirements of running a firm and reporting to clients. Students acquire practical skills in a hands-on environment in preparation for becoming licensed paralegals, and gain valuable applied experience in practice management, case management, and ethical and professional responsibility matters through participation in a mandatory, unpaid field placement, which occurs at the end of the course work portion of the final term.
Website: Paralegal (Graduate Certificate) at Algonquin College - Graduate Programs
Length: 45 Week(s)
Cost per year:
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the following minimums in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma or Degree; OR A combination of post-secondary education and a minimum of three (3) years of related work experience. These applicants will be assessed individually and will be required to complete an Eligibility Package. Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume, references and a letter of application outlining relevant work experience.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Last Updated: December 25, 2018