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Paralegal (graduate certificate)

Paralegal (graduate certificate)

Paralegal (graduate certificate)

The paralegal profession was established to provide affordable access to justice for people who find themselves facing charges under provincial law or some criminal code provisions, or who require legal assistance in dealing with government agencies and tribunals in such areas as human rights, social assistance, immigration and workers compensation, or are embroiled in disputes involving residential tenancies or small claims court. Whether you provide paralegal services as a business professional or under the supervision of a lawyer, your passion and integrity combined with extensive skills and knowledge make you the perfect candidate to represent those challenged by the law.

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Program Description

This program is designed for students with previous education. Please see the entrance requirements section of this page for more detail. It is accredited by The Law Society of Upper Canada (Law Society) and meets its rigorous competencies for paralegals.

This program will prepare you for the Law Society’s paralegal licensing examination, which graduates are eligible to write. It is designed to provide the specialized knowledge and skills required to independently provide legal services as a professional licensed paralegal in
authorized areas of law, or work as a paralegal in law firms under the supervision of a lawyer. An exciting legal career awaits!

The graduate certificate program is also designed specifically for individuals who have a degree or diploma consisting of law related courses or three to five years of legal-related experience. Upon licensing by the Law Society, you will be able to provide legal services within authorized areas of practise.

Please note: All licensed paralegals must be members of the Law Society, the regulatory body governing paralegals in the province.

Provincial legislation authorizes licensed paralegals to independently provide legal services in the areas of:

  • Administrative tribunals in Ontario
  • Immigration and refugee law
  • Provincial offences
  • Small claims court
  • Criminal Court, Summary conviction offences
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Admission Requirements

  • Legally related university degree (criminology; legal/justice studies; or public policy) or college diploma (Law and Security Administration; Law Clerk Advanced; or Police Foundations) with minimum 2.7 grade point average (GPA)
  • Non-legal related diploma or degree including minimum three legally related courses with minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Three-to-five years of related experience (additional supporting documentation including resumé and references) and an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent

If you do not have the requisite undergraduate diploma or degree, you will be required to submit additional documentation. Please see for details.

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Career Options


  • A professional paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, authorized to independently provide legal services to clients in areas such as:
  • Criminal court summary conviction
  • Provincial offences court
  • Tribunals such as immigration, human rights, social assistance, and Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB)
  • Small claims court


  • Administrative tribunals in Ontario such as the Human Rights Tribunal, WSIB, Immigration Tribunal, Residential Tenancies (landlord and tenant), and the Ontario Labour Board
  • Businesses as in-house paralegal • Entrepreneurship
  • Government agencies
  • Immigration offices
  • Law firms
  • Provincial offences court
  • Small claims court
  • Summary conviction criminal offences court


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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$4,782$15,259

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 120- hour field placement with a licensed paralegal or lawyer,
in a government, court or law firm setting. Field placement will provide you with practical, hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom.
*Please note: there are pre-placement requirements for the field placement component of this program. Visit for details.

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Centre for Integrated Justice Studies

The Centre for Integrated Justice Studies (CIJS) is a training function of the School of Justice & Emergency Services. CIJS offers unique seminars and workshops to give DC/UOIT students and the public a competitive edge in preparing them for job searching and interviews. For more information please visit the CIJS website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can take advantage of an amazing opportunity to enroll in Durham College’s 

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • Program length: One-year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $3,691 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
  • International Intake Statuses
    • code: CTAP
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