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Bachelor of Applied Arts - Paralegal Studies

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22011 Length: 8 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $7,446.54
  • international $14,800.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Fees by Semester >


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts - Paralegal Studies degree program should consider applying for the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:

Paralegal Education >

Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Post graduate certificates and Master's degrees 

Credential Opportunity: Bachelor to Grad Cert / Masters
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Institution(s): Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University will provide Humber graduates of all four-year Bachelor degrees with  an opportunity to apply and be considered for admission to Post-graduate Certificate and Masters level studies. Graduates with Humber degrees who also meet additional admission requirements will be considered for admission to the following Masters level programs offered by Central Michigan University: Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Administration.

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Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Bernard Aron
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3336



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27  $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,798.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 5 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 6 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 7 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 8 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

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Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies program is the only four-year degree program of its kind in Ontario. It combines legal theory and practice in a program that covers ethics and professional responsibility, negotiation and mediation, evidence, advocacy, contract and tort law, insurance law and employment law, which will give you the legal foundation you need to competently navigate Canada’s legal system.

We believe that properly representing a client includes understanding the client’s background and motivation. As a result, our program also includes courses in psychology, sociology, political science and the philosophical foundations of the legal system.

Courses Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Explain the rules and principles of law in areas relating to professional practice including primary institutions and procedures.

  • Explain the relationship between a wide range of legal concepts, values and principles, and rules of law under which government operates.

  • Outline relevant philosophical, historical, political, social, cultural, economic, and ethical contexts in which law operates.

  • Identify relevant legal and procedural issues within their scope of practice from a large body of facts.

  • Present knowledge using a range of professional presentation skills (oral and written).

  • Write fluent and technically sophisticated prose using legal terminology accurately.

  • Formulate issues with clarity.

  • Read a range of complex legal works and summarize their arguments accurately.

  • Bring together knowledge of law and procedures in a variety of technical situations.

  • Integrate material from primary and secondary sources using standard techniques of legal interpretation to provide a substantially accurate picture of the law.

  • Create new or imaginative solutions by approaching a problem or using material in a different way.

  • Identify alternative conclusions for particular situations within their scope of practice and provide supporting reasons for them.

  • Find legal solutions to problems within their scope of practice with accuracy and independence using a wide range of professional texts and information retrieval systems.

  • Make a personal and reasoned judgment based on informed understanding of standard arguments in the area of law in question.

  • Work in groups as a participant who contributes effectively to the group’s task.

  • Distinguish between the legally relevant and irrelevant within their scope of practice

  • Evaluate and use information provided in numerical or statistical form as the basis of an argument or decision.

  • Identify legal solutions in straightforward situations in defined areas of practice.

  • Plan and manage tasks to complete work within deadlines.

  • Act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in the areas of law in which they have studied.

  • Reflect critically and evaluate whether a particular area falls within their scope of practice and/or whether they have sufficient depth of knowledge to handle an issue on their own.

  • Determine when to seek additional support or refer case to someone else.


Work Placement

Work placements offer on-the-job experience where you will use and sharpen the skills you’ve learned in class and apply them to real-world situations.

The paid work term is from May to August after semester six and lasts 14 weeks/490 hours. You will work with your placement advisor to find a placement that fits your career goals. A career development course in semester five will help you gain job search skills, develop an effective resumé and hone your interview skills. In addition, students are encouraged to take career management workshops to learn about the most recent developments from industry professionals.

We also provide placement support, such as working with the legal community, to identify paid work placement employment opportunities.

The Humber Experience

Bernie Sanders

As the only four-year Canadian Paralegal Studies program, there is no better place to focus on paralegal education than at The Business School at Humber. Professors in the program possess a graduate degree, as well as having extensive practical experience in the legal field. Bernie Aron, Program Coordinator of the Paralegal Studies degree program recently received a John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for his exceptional focus on teaching and learning excellence. Watch the video to find out more about the program from faculty, students and graduates. 

Our Program Co-ordinator and School staff such as the placement center are really helpful when it comes to helping students be successful. They encourage students to apply in all different places. I would have never considered Tax Law as a field I would be interested in, however I applied for it and now I genuinely really like this area of law. I owe my success this past four months to the placement center and my program co-coordinator for always pushing students to be better, and try new things in their career paths.” - Eimy Barrios

The Benefits of Choosing a Humber Degree


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Degrees on a Common Platform

The Business School offers a variety of Bachelor of Commerce degree programs on a common platform with pathways to areas of specializations. This gives students the time to decide on their career path while they are gaining insight into the fundamentals of business.

Scholarships and Awards

Humber offers $2,500 diploma to degree scholarships for qualified applicants. There are a wide range of scholarships and awards available to business students each year.

Degree Scholarships

A limited number of entrance scholarships are available to full-time students entering a Humber post-secondary/postgraduate program for the first time.

Our Faculty

You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Bernard Aron

LLM (Law) – York University
BA (History) – McMaster University

Sherry Darvish

MTax (Taxation) – University of Waterloo
JD – York University
BSc – University of Toronto

Jasteena Dhillon

LLM (Public International Law) – Leiden University
JD (Common Law) – University of Windsor
BA – University of Toronto

Paul Dollak

LLM (Alternative Dispute Resolution) – York University
JD – Dalhousie University
BA (History) – University of Toronto

Albert Ferranti

LLM (Law) – York University
MBA (Business Administration) – Lake Superior State University
BASc (Civil Engineering) – University of Windsor
LLB (Law) – York University

Peter Libman

LLM (Law) – York University
LLB (Law) – University of Toronto
BA – University of Toronto

Rick Libman

PhD (Law) – York University
LLM (Law) – York University
LLB (Law) – University of Windsor
BA – York University

Carolyn MacLean

LLM (Law) – York University

Richard Quon

LLM (Criminal Law and Procedure) – York University
LLB (Common Law and Civil Law) – McGill University
BASc (Political Science) – University of Lethbridge

Kirk Rintoul

LLM (Law) – London School of Economics
JD (Law) – Osgoode Hall Law School
BA (History and Political Science) – University of Toronto

Karen Schucher

PhD (Law) – York University
LLM (Canadian Human Rights Legal Theory and Enforcement) – York University
LLB (Law) – York University
MA (Philosophy) – University of Toronto
BA (English and Philosophy) – University of Toronto

Phillip Sworden

PhD (History) – McMaster University
MA (History) – McMaster University
LLB (Law) – University of Toronto
BA (Humanities) – McMaster University

Shirley Wales

LLM (Alternative Dispute Resolution) – York University
LLB (Law) – University of Toronto
BA (Economics and Political Science) – York University



Your Career

Your career as a paralegal can take you in many exciting directions, from representing clients in the Ontario Small Claims Court and Provincial Offences Court to being a paralegal in a major law firm or government department.

Paralegals interview clients and witnesses, prepare legal documents and affidavits, conduct legal research and often track down key information for a legal case. They identify precedent and play a key role in assisting lawyers to prepare for examinations for discoveries, settlement hearings and trials. In fact, they are a key part of the legal process.

They work in law firms, as part of the legal departments of corporate firms, in government and in community organizations. You may also become a provincial offences prosecutor, a Small Claims Court legal representative, a legal researcher, a court monitor, paralegal firm manager or you may choose to start your own paralegal practice.

Paralegals also provide important advocacy services for clients appearing before specialized tribunals such as the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

As a paralegal, you’ll cover a wide range of legal matters, from wrongful dismissal to no-fault automobile insurance benefits to immigration and refugee board proceedings.

Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies program can help you develop the competencies and skills you need to create the paralegal career you want. Our students have had the opportunity to do work placements with the Department of Justice Canada and Legal Aid Ontario while our graduates have been hired by major law firms in Toronto such as Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and Dentons Canada LLP.

As a paralegal, your everyday duties could include representing clients, drafting documentation in areas such as small claims court, highway traffic court, residential landlord and tenant, and other administrative tribunals.

If you work in the litigation department of a larger law firm, you could assist in conducting legal research, preparing affidavits of documents, and drafting court motions and pleadings.

Professional Accreditations

The program is endorsed by the Paralegal Society of Ontario (known as the Ontario Paralegal Association), the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario, and the Ontario Association of Professional Searchers of Record.

The Law Society of Upper Canada has reviewed and assessed Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies degree and has determined that it meets the standards and competencies for paralegal education program accreditation.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Advisory Committee

Watch the video to find out more about our advisory committee. The advisory committee is made graduates and industry professionals who are responsilble for helping shape the curriculum to ensure the short and long term success of our students and graduates.

Student Success

The many successful graduates from our program speak to the quality of education at Humber The Business School.

Faculty Spotlight

Program Coordinator, Bernie Aron was quoted in the most recent issue of Maclean's Magazine. Bernie has been the coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program since it launched in 2003.

Study Abroad

Degree students may qualify for Study Abroad opportunities.

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