The Paralegal Diploma program is no longer offered. Qualified students may apply to the Paralegal Graduate Certificate. The Paralegal program at Algonquin College is no longer offered as a 2 year diploma program.
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 limited by the Law Society and this program is restricted to those areas of law.
Students receive training in case management and trial preparation in areas, such as Small Claims Court proceedings, provincial offences and summary conviction cases, provincial administrative tribunals, including landlord and tenant tribunals, and workplace, health and safety issues. The curriculum also covers ethics and professional responsibility issues and the requirements of running a business and reporting to clients.
After completion of all courses, students participate in a mandatory four week unpaid field placement. The field placement is one of the prerequisites for Law Society of Upper Canada paralegal licencing. In order to become a licensed paralegal, an individual must have graduated from an accredited Paralegal program, pass a licensing examination, and be of good character.
For detailed information on the requirements for becoming a licensed paralegal, see the Law Society of Upper Canada website at www. Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.
Are flexible and can prioritize tasks. Have excellent oral and written communication skills. Enjoy analyzing and solving problems. Have a high standard of ethics.
Upon licensing by the Law Society, graudates may be self-employed or work in a variety of employed positions in the areas of practice covered in the program. A license is required to provide legal services in the defined areas of paralegal practice.
Students should be familiar with the requirements set by the Law Society of Upper Canada for licensing and practice as a paralegal. Articulate and adhere to the permitted scope of paralegal practice and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct and complete all work in compliance with the ethical and professional responsibilities of a Paralegal. Describe the fundamental elements of the Canadian government and legal system, including the Constitution Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, organization of the Canadian court system, and the basic principles of property, business and consumer law.