Paralegal

Program Details

  • Program Code:2870
  • School:The Business School
  • Credential:Graduate Certificate
  • Program Type:Graduate Certificate program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 3 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Access to justice requires well-trained and licensed paralegals to fill the growing demand for affordable services in the legal profession. Centennial College’s Paralegal program prepares candidates with strong theoretical and practical courses needed to excel in this field.

The Law Society of Ontario accredits Centennial’s 3-semester, one year undertaking. Our graduate certificate program allows students, upon successful completion of all requirements, to be eligible to write the Law Society’s Paralegal licensing examination, enabling you to practice as a licensed paralegal in Ontario. Licensed paralegals may represent clients in areas such as summary conviction criminal offences, traffic violations, provincial and municipal offences, tribunals and the Ontario Small Claims Courts. 

Throughout your studies within the Paralegal program, you will gain solid knowledge of Canadian law, concentrating on subject areas within the permitted scope of paralegal practice for your future career.  As well as dedicated academic lectures, practice management and mock trials, there is a two day per week work placement in third semester totalling 196 hours of hands on training in established law and paralegal firms. Centennial’s experiential learning exceeds the requirements of the Law Society and assists in preparing our paralegal candidates to enter their chosen field, not only with practice experience but with the chance to network within the industry.

As a Centennial paralegal graduate you will be well-prepared to write your licensing examination and become an integral part of the legal system.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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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 The Business School 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, possess the ability to plan and prioritize, are comfortable with researching tasks, possess strong analytical, numeracy and interpersonal skills, thrive under pressure, 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.

Professional Associations

Upon successful completion of the Paralegal program, provided you meet the Law Society of Ontario’s eligibility criteria, including Good Character requirements, you will be able to write the Law Society’s P1 Paralegal Licensing Exam.

Career Outlook

  • Paralegal business owner
  • Paralegal for corporation
  • Paralegal agent

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,610.50 $1,061.00 $3,671.50
International $13,283.00 $2,344.00 $15,627.00

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