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Paralegal

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: PL511 Length: 3 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or an advanced diploma or diploma in Business, Social Sciences or a related field

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

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

For further information on Admission Requirements, see Admission Requirements.

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.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2018NorthOpenOpen
September 2018NorthOpenOpen
January 2019NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 3 semesters was:

  • domestic: $4,134.36
  • international: $23,167.50

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Susan Kelsall
Associate Dean 
416-675-6622 ext. 4558 
susan.kelsall@humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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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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International Students

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

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
TotalTBDTBD
Tuition$0.00$0.00
Mandatory Non-Tuition$0.00$0.00
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
TotalTBDTBD
Tuition$0.00$0.00
Mandatory Non-Tuition$0.00$0.00
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
TotalTBDTBD
Tuition$0.00$0.00
Mandatory Non-Tuition$0.00$0.00
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

Our Program

Humber’s Paralegal graduate certificate program prepares you for an exciting career in the legal field. You will gain skills in legal research, oral and written advocacy, critical thinking, and problem solving through a case-based and problem-based learning environment. You will develop your oral advocacy skills through active learning including presentations and mock trials.

Courses include tort and contract law, residential landlord and tenant law, employment law, small claims court, provincial offences and summary convictions, and administrative tribunal law and procedures. Studies in legal accounting, business planning, ethics and entrepreneurship help prepare you to set up and manage your own paralegal professional practice.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Work within areas of permitted practice and articulate limitations on representation for paralegals.
  • Develop and assess strategies which adhere to the professional and ethical requirements of the Paralegal Rules of Conduct.
  • Research, analyze, interpret and apply the provisions of legislation and case law to client situations using proper legal citation methods.
  • Conduct trial and tribunal advocacy in accordance with the permitted scope of practice of a paralegal by utilizing the applicable structure, process, and jurisdictional authority of courts and administrative tribunals.
  • Select and employ effective human relations, interpersonal, and intervention strategies to assist in resolving conflicts.
  • Develop a coherent case management strategy and execute it effectively.
  • Select and utilize information technology resources and current industry computer software.
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, using accurate legal terminology.
  • Create legal documents and correspondence required for use by clients and on behalf of clients.
  • Investigate and utilize paralegal business practices competently and effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective time management and organizational skills to meet the timelines and limitation periods within a legal environment.
  • Identify and apply discipline specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


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Work Placement

Course learning is reinforced through participation in a mandatory, unpaid, field placement in the third term.

Your Career

Employment for licensed paralegals has increased due to both legislative changes and economic growth. These trends are expected to continue to provide opportunities in the legal field.

Once licensed, graduates may find employment as self-employed private paralegal practitioners,; and within legal departments of public or private organizations, paralegal or law firms, government agencies, community legal clinics, and administrative tribunals.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

This program is recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) 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 Upper Canada. 

This program is recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) 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 Upper Canada.

Additional requirements and/or costs 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.

Scholarships & Awards

Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.