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Paralegal Education

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 21501 Length: 4 semesters

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

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

 

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

 

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2017NorthOpenOpen
September 2017NorthOpenOpen
January 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $3,837.78
  • international $14,200.

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.

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Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Complete your degree with us. Humber's degrees are designed with our diploma graduates in mind. We'll give you credit for what you’ve already learned and help you take the next step in less time.

Graduates may be considered for admission to:

Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Applied Arts 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission.  Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a work term.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline.  Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

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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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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.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick.  Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

For further information, contact:

Anne Marie Stephen
stephen@unb.ca

www.unb.ca/academics/programs/applied-management/general-business.html

www.unb.ca/academics/programs/

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.

Graduates of the program can speak to the program co-ordinator about the courses required to complete the Law Clerk diploma program. Courses that are common between the two programs may be used to satisfy credits within the Law Clerk program.

Graduates with a Paralegal Education diploma or other two- or three-year college diploma or degree may apply to complete the Immigration Consultant certificate program IMMIG_CON_CA through Continuing Education.

Licensed paralegals are currently limited in the areas of immigration law they may practise. Graduates of the Immigration Consultant Certificate are eligible to apply to become a licensed member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

For Ontario transfer options visit ONTransfer >

Program Contact(s)

Dionne Coley
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4278
dionne.coley@humber.ca

Admissions

Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor
416-675-5000

Lakeshore Campus
WEL 106
416-675-5000

enquiry@humber.ca

 

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386
international@humber.ca

 

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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca.

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International Students

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 $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement    

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement    

 

Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement    

 

Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement    

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

Our Program

Humber’s Paralegal Education diploma program explores the theoretical, procedural and advocacy aspects of law that may be handled by a licensed paralegal. You will learn specialized practical skills within the areas of advocacy, legal research, specific courts and administrative tribunals. The course of studies includes business, criminal summary convictions, landlord and tenant, employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Students will develop strong oral advocacy skills by participating in class and in role plays, as well as in presentations and mock trials before their peers and large audiences.

Courses in ethics and the rules of professional conduct, accounting and entrepreneurship prepare you to set up and manage your own paralegal firm.

During the program you will develop strong communication skills, particularly in spoken and written English, essential for your future career. Students are required to demonstrate competency in small and large group oral presentations including role plays and mock trials in order to graduate.

Our advisory committee reviews our curriculum frequently, ensuring that our program is current and meets high industry expectations.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Articulate and adhere to the permitted scope of paralegal practice and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct and complete all work in compliance with the ethical and professional responsibilities of a Paralegal.

  • Manage a paralegal practice and operate a small business, within the Paralegal Rules of Conduct relevant to these matters by effectively utilizing administrative and business management skills.

  • Describe the fundamental elements of the Canadian government and legal system, including the Constitution Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the organization of the Canadian court system, and the basic principles of property, business and consumer law.

  • Articulate and adhere to the basic principles of tort and contract law.

  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda and reports.

  • Adhere to the civil litigation process, within the permitted scope of paralegal practice, and apply procedural and evidentiary rules related to proceedings in the Small Claims Court.

  • Describe the principles of criminal law, and adhere to the rules relating to proceedings under the Criminal Code before a summary conviction court.

  • Describe the principles of the law of provincial offences, and adhere to the rules relating to proceedings under the Provincial Offences Act before the Ontario Court of Justice.

  • Make effective client representation before courts and administrative tribunals within the permitted scope of paralegal practice.

  • Compare and contrast various alternate dispute resolution mechanisms, select an appropriate mechanism as required, and explain to the client the potential consequences of the dispute resolution mechanism.

  • Adhere to the basic principles of administrative law, and of general practice and procedure before administrative tribunals.

  • Articulate and adhere to the principles of employment law, and the practice and procedure related to the administrative tribunals that deal with employment matters.

  • Articulate and adhere to residential landlord and tenant law, and the practice and procedure before the Landlord and Tenant Board.

  • Draft all necessary documents in a clear, concise and accurate manner.

  • Apply basic accounting principles, terminology, and operations to all paralegal obligations related to trust accounts, and the Law Society’s requirements for book and record keeping.

  • Select and use the appropriate computer software necessary to produce correspondence, spreadsheets, memoranda and legal documents.

  • Prepare an employment resume in accordance with professional legal standards.


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Work Placement

Students complete a field placement of 133 hours in their last semester of the program. This is an opportunity to gain practical on-the-job skills and knowledge. With the support of the field placement advisor, students secure a suitable placement that meets their needs and area of interest.

The Humber Experience

Humber’s two-year Paralegal Education diploma program gives students the skills and knowledge to function as a licensed paralegal.

Celebrating Your Success

Paralegal Education at its Very Best

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, soon to be graduates and alumni of the Paralegal Education Diploma program came together in the Seventh Semester room for "Celebrating Your Success."

The Humber Advantage

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Student Success

Selina Andrello is a true inspiration. She practices personal injury law where she is dedicated to helping individuals during times of need, working with them as they overcome adversities and rebuild their futures.

She also works closely with the injured person’s family members and rehabilitation specialists to ensure that each of her clients receives the best medical care possible. In her spare time, Selina volunteers with SickKids Foundation and acts as the Corporate Secretary of the Ontario Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division Executive. And if all of that wasn’t enough, she has even found the time to establish her own charitable event, “Dodging for Dollars” to raise money for SickKids Foundation.

Your Career

If you are organized, detail-oriented, have exceptional oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently towards deadlines under pressure, a diploma in Paralegal Education may be for you.

Our graduates may set up their own firms upon becoming licensed or find interesting opportunities in the legal profession.

Industry Partnerships

Our industry partners include the Department of Justice Canada, Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, Law Society of Upper Canada, A & A Paralegal Services Inc., Ontario Court of Justice, Paralegal Society of Ontario and Licensed Paralegal Association (Ontario).

Scholarships & Awards

Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.