Paralegal - 285 - 290
Paralegals act independently to represent clients in provincial offences court for cases involving highway traffic offences, municipal by-law issues, liquor licensing, occupational health and safety, and civil litigation matters presented in small claims court. They also represent clients in the Ontario Court of Justice when charges involve less serious criminal offences, or in tribunal proceedings such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Human Rights Commission, and the Landlord and Tenant Board. In Ontario, paralegals are non-lawyer licensed agents who provide the public with legal services in specified areas of practice for a fee.
Make effective client representations before courts and administrative boards and tribunals in areas of permitted practice in Mohawk’s Mock Court Room.
Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.
- Learn to work as a member of a legal team providing support to lawyers involved in complex cases
- Develop skills and knowledge within the parameters established by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and the Law Society Act for this licensed profession
- On successful completion of the program, participants will be prepared to write LSUC’s P1 licensing examination
- Develop written and oral advocacy skills, ethical and professional conduct in legal processes, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, highway traffic act, small claims court, administrative tribunals, torts and contracts, business organization, construction lien rights and bankruptcy, immigration, and residential tenancy under supervision of a lawyer
- Obtain a sound theoretical and practical foundation in all areas of authorized legal practice, legal ethics and small business practice
- Understand the structure, work and organization of the Ontario court system, and of quasi-judicial administrative boards, tribunals and regulatory bodies
- Demonstrate effective administrative and business management skills
- Develop skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution toward certification
Minimum requirements for admission to the Paralegal Diploma program
- OSSD or equivalent (GED, Academic Upgrading) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U equivalent
- Law and Justice studies courses recommended, not mandatory
- Computer software skills required
- Ideal for Pre-Justice graduates
- Applicants are encouraged to research the Ontario paralegal profession before applying for admission. Visit the Law Society of Upper Canada (opens new window) website and check out Latest News/Paralegal Regulation links
- Participation in J&WS Orientation Session, Criminal Records Check and written assignment submission may be used for applicant selection
Contact Admissions for options that are available for mature applicants.
- Classroom instruction is enhanced by a 140 hour placement in a law-related setting in Semester
- Applicants are advised that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to participating in a co-op/ field placement, and that it is their responsibility to ensure the requirements are met
Don't have the necessary requirements?
The Paralegal Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities
Industries of Employment:
- Administrative Tribunals
- Government Agencies
- Provincial Courts
- Private Law Offices
- Community Clinics
- Notary Publics
- Justices of the Peace
- Self Employment
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
For students starting January 2016. Click on the course title for a course description.
Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
- Review the program learning outcomes for Paralegal (285)
- Review the program learning outcomes for Paralegal (290) - co-op
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.