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Program Code: 02031 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

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, 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:

  1. Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing.
  2. Complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment.
  3. 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.
  4. Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team.
  5. Apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices.
  6. Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Ontario.

  7. Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments.
  8. Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk.
  9. Act equitably and justly with diverse populations*.
  10. Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.


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Work Placement

Students must complete a 120 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. 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:

  • Are you interested in working in the legal field?
  • Do you have a desire to help others?
  • Are you independent and able to work with little supervision?
  • Are you detail-oriented?
  • Do you have strong written and verbal communication skills?

If you answered yes to the above, then this program may be the right choice for you.

Three Reasons to Choose Humber

  1. Highly qualified faculty including practicing and non-practicing lawyers and law clerks.
  2. Hands-on training with the most up-to-date legal software.

  3. High quality work placements at leading law firms, governments or industry legal offices.

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.

Industry Partnerships

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: 

  • Institute of Law Clerks Ontario
  • Department of Justice Canada
  • Ontario Court of Justice

Your Career

The verdict is in: Humber College’s Law Clerk diploma program 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.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario

Graduates may apply to become members of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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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 (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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    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 all listed course requirements.

    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

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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 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

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Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

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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.

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