Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional)
Diploma of Social Sciences
Duration: 5.5 semesters plus 8 week work term
The Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program prepares graduates to work as support staff within the legal profession. Students will acquire an understanding of general principles of Canadian law and receive theoretical and practical training in specific legal subjects, legal ethics, and small business requirements. Under the supervision of a professional lawyer, students will learn to interview clients, conduct legal research, prepare documents, and help legal professionals prepare for trials. A high level of skills, ability to effectively organize, and manage a variety of tasks simultaneously are essential for persons interested in this demanding field.
Upon successful completion of the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program, which includes a work term, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) in legal and law-related environments. Opportunities exist in the legal departments of governments and their agencies, private companies, life insurance, real estate, banking and paralegal firms.
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High School Graduates or Equivalent
High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) applicants should have a 60% average in 9 Level III credits including a 60% in 3rd level Academic English.
Mature students are eligible for admission to the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.
Specific Entrance Requirements
Students must submit two written letters of reference (no personal references) and a Certificate of Conduct from their local Police Department.
Certificate of Conduct: Students must acquire a Certificate of Conduct for admission into this program. Students are solely accountable for any offences not uncovered by the investigation which may preclude the student from subsequent work terms or employment.
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