Paralegal - 285

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Gain the skills to practice as a licensed Paralegal and enjoy a rewarding and respected career in the legal field.

Overview

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.

Mohawk College is currently participating with the Law Society of Ontario in a 2-year pilot project permitting hybrid delivery of the Paralegal Program. Some courses will be delivered online. Students are required to participate in audio and video interaction during the classes. All online classes will be delivered live.

 

Program Highlights

  • Combine theory and practice using Mohawk’s Mock Courtroom.
  • Program Accreditation through Law Society of Ontario (LSO).
  • Industry-Experienced Faculty licensed by the LSO.
  • College offers Statutory Accident Benefits Course.
  • Ideal pathway for Pre-Justice graduates.

What you'll learn

  • Develop skills and knowledge within the parameters established by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and the Law Society Act.
  • 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, employment law, immigration, and residential tenancy.
  • Sound theoretical and practical foundation in all areas of authorized legal practice, legal ethics, small business practice and business management skills.
  • Structure, work and organization of the Ontario court system, and of quasi-judicial administrative boards, tribunals and regulatory bodies.
  • How to work as an effective legal team member.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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.

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Program delivery

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Admission

Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (GED, Academic Upgrading, College and Career preparation) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U equivalent
  • Law and Justice studies courses recommended

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$864.60$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$0.00$86.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,218.64$2,198.50
Total 1st Year Fees$4,417.14

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.


2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A

Program Compulsory Fees

$0.00$86.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,805.00$8,816.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,621.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

 

Practicum Placement

  • Classroom instruction is enhanced by a 140 hour placement in a law-related setting in Semester 4
  • Applicants are advised that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to participating in a Practicum Placement.
  • A police check will be required.

For more information please visit the Paralegal Practicum Placement page.

Learning Outcomes

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.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Paralegal
  • Self-Employment

Where you could work includes

  • Corporations
  • Administrative Tribunals
  • Government offices Agencies
  • Provincial Courts
  • Law Offices
  • Community Clinics
  • Paralegal offices

Opportunities for grads

On successful completion of the program, participants will be prepared to write Law Society of Ontario P1 (Paralegal) Licence examination.

To obtain a paralegal license, you will have to be:

  • A graduate from an accredited program
  • Pass a P1 licensing examination with the Law Society of Ontario, and 
  • Be of good character

For more information visit the Law Society website.

Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to research the Ontario paralegal profession before applying for admission. Visit the Law Society of Ontario website and check out Latest News/Paralegal Regulation links


Required Technical resources:

  • Windows PC or Mac
  • Camera
  • Headphones 
  • Microphone

Program Coordinator

Rosemarie Ortiz portrait.

Rosemarie Ortiz

Department of Social Services & Justice Studies – Program Coordinator

Faculty

  • Rosemarie Ortiz portrait.
    Rosemarie Ortiz
    Department of Social Services & Justice Studies – Program Coordinator

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Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

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Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Rosemarie Ortiz portrait.

Rosemarie Ortiz

Department of Social Services & Justice Studies – Program Coordinator

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