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Paralegal Education

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 21501 Length: 4 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 (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



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
January 2017NorthClosedClosed
September 2017NorthOpenWaitlisted
January 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: TBD (refer to 2016-2017 for estimate)
  • international: $14,626.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


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 four 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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Humber Diploma Pathways

Law Clerk 

Graduates of the Paralegal 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.


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Protection, Security and Investigation: Crime Scene Investigation 

Paralegal graduates who qualify may be eligible to further their education with a one-year PSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) diploma.

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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

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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Ontario Transfer Options

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Program Contact(s)

Chantalle Fish
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4278



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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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 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45

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

  • Stephanie Alves
  • "This program educated me in the legal field, and taught me to be a professional."
    - Stephanie, Paralegal Education Student

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.


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.

Professional Accreditations

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.