Paralegal

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Program Code: 2870

School: School of Business

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus

Email: business@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

When it was launched, the Paralegal program at Centennial College was a direct response to the demand for paralegals, which continues today.

Because the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) accredits this one-year undertaking, upon successful completion of the Paralegal program you are eligible to write the mandatory LSUC licensing examination that is required to practice as a paralegal in Ontario.

During your time in Centennial College's Paralegal courses, you will gain theoretical and practical experience, practicing and competing in mock trials. Additionally, part of the final semester is devoted to a two-day-per-week work placement that totals 196 hours — more than the experiential learning requirement of the Law Society.

Once you complete the program, you will be an integral part of the legal system — from the first client meeting until case resolution. You will have the distinction of being allowed to represent clients in criminal code offences, traffic violations, municipal offences, various boards, agencies, commissions, and tribunals as well as small claims court.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
PRLG-701 Introduction to the Canadian Legal System Progress Campus
PRLG-702 Legal Computer Applications Progress Campus
PRLG-703 Legal Research/Writing Progress Campus
PRLG-704 Torts and Contracts Progress Campus
PRLG-706 Administrative Law Progress Campus
PRLG-722 Communication/Writing Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
PRLG-725 Tribunal Practice and Procedure Progress Campus
PRLG-726 Provincial Offences/Motor Vehicle Offences Progress Campus
PRLG-727 Small Claims Court Progress Campus
PRLG-732 Criminal/Summary Conviction Procedure Progress Campus
PRLG-733 Residential-Landlord and Tenant Law Progress Campus
PRLG-734 Employment Law Progress Campus
PRLG-735 Legal Accounting Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
PRLG-705 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Progress Campus
PRLG-721 Advocacy Progress Campus
PRLG-723 Evidence and The Litigation Process Progress Campus
PRLG-724 Ethics and Professional Responsibility Progress Campus
PRLG-731 Field Placement Progress Campus
PRLG-736 Practice Management/Operating A Small Business Progress Campus
PRLG-737 Immigration Law Progress Campus

Semester Note

In the third semester, students will participate in a field placement (two days a week and the rest of the week is devoted to other classes) for a minimum of 196 hours. Students must have successfully completed all Semester 1 and 2 courses with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in these courses.

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • You learn in state-of-the-art facilities such as an on-campus mock courtroom that gives you the opportunity to practice being a paralegal through moot court and mock trial competitions.
  • Hands-on learning within this School of Business program includes the use of technology systems such as PCLaw, Quicklaw and other legal research tools that support paralegal objectives.
  • Successful Paralegal program students are highly organized with an ability to plan and prioritize, comfortable with researching tasks, possess strong analytical, numeracy and interpersonal skills, thrive under pressure and have the ability to meet deadlines, are innovative problem solvers and decision makers, have the ability to work successfully in a team environment, and adapt easily to technology and current industry computer software.

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Paralegal business owner
  • Paralegal for corporation
  • Paralegal agent

Academic Requirements

  • University degree or a two-year or three-year college diploma in any discipline
  • We will consider applicants who have a partial university degree (minimum 50%), and who have a minimum of two years work experience relevant to the program
  • Proof of English proficiency

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,460.50 $950.00 $3,410.50
International $12,400.00 $2,145.00 $14,545.00