Humber’s Law Clerk diploma program provides in-depth training delivered by experienced professionals. Learn from practising lawyers and law clerks who will give you the inside scoop on the current trends and opportunities in the field.
Your law clerk education includes courses on contract, tort, real estate, corporate and family law, as well as in litigation, legal research, transcribing legal dictation, wills and estates, and more. Your solid knowledge on diverse areas of law, competence in a range of legal and court procedures, and strong written and oral communication skills will make you a valuable team player in the profession.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing.
Complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment.
Use current and relevant electronic and print resources, within the legal environment, to conduct legal research, to assist with file and evidentiary management, to facilitate communication and generate legal documentation, complying with current regulations and procedures.
Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team.
Apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices.
Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments.
Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk.
Act equitably and justly with diverse populations*.
Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.
Students must complete a 133 hour work placement. The unpaid placement is completed during Semester 4. All courses from Semesters 1 to 3 must be completed before enrolling in field placement in Semester 4. Working with the field placement advisor, students are actively involved in pursuing placement opportunities. In addition, students are expected to market themselves to prospective employers and are free to initiate their own placements.
The Humber Experience
The legal profession offers a unique mix of drama and regulation that facilitates a career of new challenges and learning. Whether you participate in a divorce negotiation, a bail hearing, the sale of a house, or a criminal case, Humber’s Law Clerk diploma program gives you the foundation to excel.
Three Reasons to Choose Humber
Highly qualified faculty including practicing and non-practicing lawyers and law clerks. Hands-on training with the most up-to-date legal software. High quality work placements at leading law firms, governments or industry legal offices.
Some of our Industry Partners:
Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario
Department of Justice Canada
Ontario Court of Justice
Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
Bogoroch & Associates
First Canadian Title
Minden Gross LLP
The two-year Law Clerk diploma program at Humber College is partnered with leading law firms, industry offices and government bodies throughout Ontario.
Legal Networking Breakfast
The Business School and the Career Centre at Humber are hosting the annual Legal Networking Breakfast on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. This free event gives employers in the legal profession an opportunity to meet with students in the Law Clerk and Law Firm Profile programs.
The verdict is in: Humber College’s Law Clerk diploma is your best route to a fulfilling career in the legal field.
Employment prospects are excellent as the Toronto legal sector employs more than half of Ontario’s law clerks. There are a significant number of opportunities to work as a law clerk or legal assistant at both public and private firms. In addition to law firms, you can also pursue law clerk opportunities in government agencies, courts, financial and insurance firms, real estate companies, and corporate head offices.
Under a lawyer’s direction, you’ll play a key role in supporting a legal practice by writing and performing administrative tasks including maintaining and filing corporate documents, completing real estate transactions, drafting contracts, conducting title searches and engaging in legal research. In a litigation office, you’ll also have the opportunity to interview clients and witnesses, and accompany lawyers to meetings and court appearances.
Follow in the footsteps of past Law Clerk graduates who’ve been hired at organizations such as Goodman & Griffin, Morguard Trust, Legal Aid Ontario, City of Brampton, McMillan LLP, and First Canadian Title Insurance Company.
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.
Scholarships & Awards
Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.
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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.