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 practice.
During the program, you will develop strong communication skills particularly in spoken and written English, essential skills 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 ensures that our program is current and meets high industry expectations.
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.
Students complete a work placement of 133 hours in their last semester of the program. This placement fulfills the Law Society of Ontario requirements and 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 within the paralegal scope of practice 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.
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."
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.
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 & Recognition
Law Society of Ontario
This 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.
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.
The Business School will allow graduates of paralegal education (Diploma) programs from accredited institutions in Ontario, to enter into year three of the Paralegal Education (Degree) program offered by The Business School.
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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.