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Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Applied Arts

Ministry Name: Bachelor of Applied Arts - Paralegal Studies

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: 22011Length: 8 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $7,737.84
  • international: $16,673.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,868.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,556.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,868.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,556.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,868.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,556.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,868.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,556.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,868.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,556.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,868.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,556.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,758.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,666.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,758.92$8,126.50
Tuition$3,299.14$7,666.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

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

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

HUMBER PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM

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.  Students should apply through ontariocolleges.ca and select Entry Level 5.

*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.

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Graduates from recognized institutions in Ontario with the same program learning outcomes as the Humber program may be eligible for admission into an advanced semester.

Learn more >

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

Learn more >

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Bernard Aron, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3336
bernard.aron@humber.ca

business.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

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.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies program is the only four-year degree program to receive accreditation by The Law Society of Ontario as an accredited paralegal education program.  This program combines legal theory with practical applications in courses covering ethics and professional responsibility, negotiation and mediation, evidence, advocacy, contract and tort law, insurance law, and employment law. Students are provided with the legal foundation needed to consider a career as a licensed paralegal.  

We believe that properly representing a client includes understanding the client’s background and motivation. As a result, our program has eight electives which provide students with the opportunity to study social science, humanities and science electives. 

Courses Learning Outcomes


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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.


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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 work placement is from May to August after Semester 6 and lasts 14 weeks/420 hours. You will work with your placement advisor to find a placement that fits your career goals. We provide placement support, such as working with the legal community, to identify work placement employment opportunities.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

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
Professor

Sherry Darvish

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

Jasteena Dhillon

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

Paul Dollak

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

Albert Ferranti

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

Peter Libman

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

Rick Libman

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

Carolyn MacLean

LLM (Law) – York University
Professor

Richard Quon

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

Kirk Rintoul

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

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
Professor

Phillip Sworden

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

Shirley Wales

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

Our 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 Gowling WLG.

 

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Law Society of Ontario

The program is recognized by the Law Society of Ontario as an accredited Paralegal Education Program. Graduates of the program may apply for licensing as a paralegal in Ontario. The license is issued by the Law Society of Ontario.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber 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.

Study Abroad

Degree students may qualify for Study Abroad opportunities.

Paralegal Studies Degree Students have Outstanding Success at 2018 Lions Cup Mooting Competition

Two students from the Paralegal Studies degree program had outstanding success at the inaugural 2018 Lions Cup Mooting Competition at York University on June 23rd and 24th, 2018.

Humber Grad Accepted to Osgoode Hall Law School

A 2017 Paralegal Studies degree graduate, Katie Drury, was accepted as a transfer student into Year Two at Osgoode Hall Law School.

New Paralegal Degree course created to promote reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of Canada and to conform to Humber’s Indigenous Education Protocol

Paralegal Graduates Secure Full-time Employment

The Tax Law Services Section of the Department of Justice Canada in Toronto is hiring seven 2018 graduates of the Paralegal Studies degree program on a full-time basis in May.

Paralegal Students Excel at 2018 Osgoode Cup Mooting Competition

Students from the Paralegal Studies degree program had incredible success at the 2018 Osgoode Cup Mooting Competition on March 3rd and 4th.

Paralegal Student Wins at 2017 Capital Cup Mooting Competition

In November, 2017, Tudor Gagea, a third-year Paralegal Studies degree student, won a Top Ten Oralist Award at the 2017 Capital Cup Mooting Competition in Ottawa.

Humber Launches Paralegal Journal

Humber’s Paralegal Studies degree program – the only one of its kind in Ontario – is known for helping advance the profession in the province. Now, with the launch of a paralegal journal, program coordinator Bernie Aron continues to think big.

Student Success

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

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