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As the only one of its kind in Ontario, the Law Clerk Advanced program will help you gain experience in both foundational areas of law such as corporate, litigation, family and real estate, as well as specialized areas such as securities, intellectual property, employment and immigration law to prepare you for a rewarding and successful career. Whether you want to be a law clerk in a law office, a corporate legal department or a government agency, you’ll have the skills needed for a successful career. The demand for graduates has never been greater with students routinely securing full-time related employment before classes even finish!
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The best way to succeed in your field is to immerse yourself in it! Co-op is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations. Co-op is a model of education that integrates academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to our students’ academic and personal goals. Similar to an academic course, work terms are a mandatory component to this form of experiential learning.
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As Ontario’s only Law Clerk Advanced program, this program will provide you with opportunities to develop all of the legal, technical, and essential employment skills necessary to secure full-time employment and launch an exciting legal career. Experiential learning is embedded seamlessly into courses and complemented by over 300-hours of on-the-job training to ensure that graduates are confident and job-ready.
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The skills and knowledge developed in this program give graduates the ability to follow a broad career path in law and beyond.
Graduates of the Law Clerk Advanced Program are eligible for membership in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. For qualifying criteria, application processes and membership benefits, visit www.ilco.on.ca.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
More than 50% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements.Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
If you choose the field placement option, your learning experience will be complemented by a 70-hour field placement at the end of your fourth semester and a 280-hour placement two days per week during your fifth and sixth semesters providing you with the skills, confidence and ability to compete for the best jobs with the best firms and organizations.
Please note: there are pre-placement requirements for the field placement component of this program.
Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s programs in:
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include:
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.
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The best way to succeed in your field is to immerse yourself in it! Co-op is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations. Co-op is a model of education that integrates academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to our students’ academic and personal goals.
Students in the Law Clerk – Advanced Diploma program will be invited to apply to the co-op option during their first academic semester. Entrance to the co-op option is limited and the processes for securing a work term are competitive. Students enrolled in the co-op option are required to complete two four-month, paid work terms totalling 840 hours. Work terms are scheduled between semesters two and three and four and five of the program.
Supports are available through the Experiential Learning office to assist students with securing their work terms. In addition, the Experiential Learning office is in contact with co-op students and their employers during the work terms to help with any questions.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
Once transferred to the co-op option of this program, students will have a co-op administrative fee of $475 assessed to their accounts during the academic semester(s) prior to scheduled work term(s). The administrative fee goes to support the broad array of support services provided to co-op students. These services are dedicated to support student success.
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