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. As a law clerk, working under the direct supervision of a lawyer, you will be an important part of the team that allows the lawyer to succeed.
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.
Courses Program Standards
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
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 the 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 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.
Is This Program Right For Me?
If you’re interested in taking this program but have no previous experience or knowledge of Canadian and Ontario law, don’t worry. While a background in law is a benefit in this program, it is not a requirement. Rather, ask yourself these questions if you are thinking about applying:
If you answered yes to the above, then this program may be the right choice for you.
Three Reasons to Choose Humber
Gain Practical Experience
We want you to graduate from this program confident and career-ready. So, like many programs at Humber, our curriculum combines classroom learning with hands-on, practical projects to give students a well-rounded education. You’ll be introduced to, and become comfortable using, industry-standard legal software such as Teraview, Quicklaw, Westlaw, PCLaw, InForm, DivorceMate and Fast Company. Projects and assessments will sharpen your written communication skills, ensuring you will be able to transform information and instructions into a well-written and prepared format suitable for any legal procedure. And, through the required work placement, you’ll gain industry experience at prominent private law firm or government agency.
Learn From Industry Experts
As a student in this program, you will have the advantage of gaining a law clerk education from industry professionals. Our faculty is composed of practicing and non-practicing lawyers and law clerks with years of experience working within a number of specialties in the field. With a passion for teaching and their profession, the Law Clerk faculty prepares students to graduate from this program with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to impress potential employers.
The two-year Law Clerk diploma program at Humber College is partnered with leading law firms, industry offices and government bodies throughout Ontario. Some of or industry partners include:
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.
Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario
Graduates may apply to become members of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
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.
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Humber Graduate Accepted into The Law School
Mon, June 03, 2019
A 2018 graduate, Devin Griffin, will be our first graduate attending The Law School at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Law School is ranked 17th out of 101 Law Schools in the United Kingdom. Devin was our first student to do his field placement with the Tax Law Services Section of the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa.
4th-Year Accounting Students Recognized by CPA Ontario
Wed, May 22, 2019
Congratulations to 4th-year students in the Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Program for their success in their Accounting Capstone course.
This year, the course had the support of CPA Ontario. Tizy Gunaratne, the CPA representative that helped the Accounting Faculty judge the capstone presentations and also provided financial recognition to the student's projects qualifying for the first two places.
First place went to Rafael Borges, Jake Nowak, Holly Smith, Max Vero for their project titled, "Establishment Debt Development Program.” Each student was award with a cheque of 175 dollars. The judges thought that the students' topic was " innovative, well thought out and displayed a good foundation of accounting knowledge," and that the students all demonstrated passion, strong teamwork, communication and creative thinking.
The second-place prize went to Mae Mendoza, Sheila Viteri, Xiayan Wu for their project, “Impact of Ethics on Investing – Lessons Learned!” Students received 100 dollars and received feedback from the judges: "this presentation showcased a fair amount of research, accounting knowledge and growth over the two rounds of presentations. It was evident to all of us that you were open to feedback and showed development over time. Moreover, your team showed passion, strong teamwork and good communication skills. These are all fundamental soft skills that we want to see in our future CPAs."
Congrats to all students in the 4th-Year Capstone Accounting Course!
Wawanesa Insurance Donates Generous Gift to the Insurance Management Program
Thu, May 16, 2019
To add to an already successful year in Humber's Insurance Management Program, Wawanesa Insurance donated $30,000 to support the program’s growth.
The donation establishes four scholarships aimed at attracting top talent and recognizing academic excellence in the IMPG program. In addition, the donation provides critical needs-based bursaries for those students who need extra financial assistance. Wawanesa has demonstrated tremendous leadership as a company committed to education and to advancing the insurance industry.
Wawanesa Insurance is one of the largest insurance companies in Canada, with assets of over $9.5 billion, and employing a workforce of over 3,500 people. The company is also one of the oldest companies in Canada, as it was founded in 1896 in Wawanesa, Manitoba.
On behalf of the Faculty of Business at Humber College, I would like to thank Wawanesa Insurance for their commitment to our students.
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Last Day of Classes
Fri, December 13, 2019
Registration Begins for Winter 2020
Mon, November 18, 2019
Fall 2019 Open House
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Lakeshore, North, Orangeville
Come to Open House and get a solid understanding of what it's really like to be a Humber student.
Visiting the campus is one of the best ways to make a decision about college, so join us and speak to faculty and current students, see the labs and take a tour!
General Sessions & Campus Tours
The journey to college brings many questions about your future career, but what about residence, athletics, transfer options or financial assistance? General sessions are designed to help answer these questions and many more. Find the General Sessions related to your campus and come take a tour with us.
School Program Sessions, Tours and Information Booths
Don't just imagine where you'll be studying at Humber, come see for yourself. Program sessions and lab tours offer a better understanding of the learning environment. Staff will provide detailed information about your program, the scope of the industry today and where your education could take you. Feel free to ask questions about your program, curriculum, career and placement opportunities.
Canadian Diplomat Speaks to Students about her Posting in Afghanistan
Thu, May 09, 2019
This April, Professor Jasteena Dhillon hosted a Fireside Chat with Eileen Olexiuk.
Ms. Olexiuk was the first Global Affairs Canadian diplomat to be posted to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. In a dangerous time in the region, she addressed issues with courage and conviction, including speaking out on torture and abuse taking place in Afghan prisons. 4th-year Paralegal Degree Student - Krystina Lau co-organised this event, that was attended by students and faculty from International Development, Liberal Arts and Community Development.
Students Make Health and Safety Recommendations for the Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home
Thu, April 11, 2019
Ensuring good physical and psychological health and safety (PH&S) in the workplace is vitally important for all Canadians.
Through an interdisciplinary approach between the Business School and School of Health Sciences, Dr. Suzy Casimiro and her students were invited to visit, investigate and advance the physical and psychological health and safety (PH&S) at Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home, Etobicoke.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director at Humber Valley Terrace, Marjorie Mossman, students identified the physical hazards and explored possible psychosocial hazards of workers within this healthcare setting. By also adopting sections of the new and – the first of its kind in the world, Canadian Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA-Z1003-13), students explored the many ways that jobs can affect health and safety, from potential exposures to physical hazards, to work-related mental health concerns within healthcare settings.
As a result, students were able to make recommendations on how to improve the policies, procedures and offer health & wellness program options. Overall, recommendations focused on improving the physical and organizational environment to lessen risks of injury and illness; from integrated protection from work-related safety and health hazards to the promotion of injury and illness prevention and the introduction of wellness programs- all to advance both workers’ well-being and the organization.
Humber Participates in WWF’s Designing Change for a Living Planet
Thu, April 11, 2019
On March 16th, 2019, World Wildlife Foundation conducted its first event of the year, "Living Planet@Campus: Designing Change for a Living Planet."
Over 80 students from over 15 colleges and universities around Ontario participated in the event, including students from The Business School.
The Humber team, formed through an application process led by the Office of Sustainability, consisted of four students representing different programs and faculties in Humber: Gayathri Menon, Fashion Management and Promotions GC, Arman Amin and Samantha Canon, Bachelors in Industrial Design, Ayushi Delvadia ,Bachelors of International Business.
The day-long event saw team work at its best as team Humber worked very hard on its idea and presentation. Collaborating with students from different fields helped participants gain an insight into what the issues faced by other industries are and forced students to think outside the box.
Despite the fact that the Humber team did not win first place, the team's idea inspired the Office of Sustainability to install an art piece made out of paper cups to spread awareness on the importance of carrying personal reusable mugs. The outcome was highly rewarding as students learned how an idea can transform and make a difference in the world today.
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