Paralegal Program

Certificate

Our Paralegal Program has been designed to provide you with the education you need to become a paralegal. In Ontario, paralegals are licensed and regulated by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). A licensed paralegal can provide specific legal services and represent clients in certain courts (including provincial offence court, summary conviction criminal court, small claims court and administrative tribunals). In addition to working independently in the areas of law permitted for paralegals, many licensed paralegals also work under the supervision of lawyers in other areas.

This program is an LSO-accredited paralegal education program that can be completed in anywhere from 24 months (in its compressed format) to a maximum of 36 months.

Intake Date(s)

September and January

Admission Requirement(s)

You must secure departmental approval before you can register for courses (see How To Apply). Approval will only be considered if you meet the following requirements:

How to Apply

You must complete the Paralegal Program online entrance form. If you are accepted, you will receive an email within seven business days (excluding college closures) of the day we receive your application. Once you receive your confirmation, you can register in your Term 1 Module courses. You must complete the entrance form before you register for courses or you may be withdrawn at any time.

Completion Details

You can only receive exemptions from the Legal Studies department for a maximum of 40% of the program's total courses. Once you have completed all the requirements of this program with a cumulative grade average of C (63%) or better, you can request to receive a certificate. Program graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the LSO's two-part paralegal licensing process.

Certificate Stream

Pre-module: Core Courses (One)

One of these:

Term 1 Module: Core Courses (Three)

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Term 2 Module: Core Courses (Three)

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Term 3 Module: Core Courses (Three)

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Term 4 Module: Core Courses (Three)

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Term 5 Module: Core Courses (Three)

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Term 6 Module: Core Courses (Three)

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Post-module: Core Courses (One)

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Additional Information

Disclaimer: Graduates of our Paralegal Program are not eligible to attend the college's convocation ceremonies as those ceremonies are for full-time program graduates only.

Disclaimer: The Paralegal licence is awarded by the LSO. The information provided here does not represent the extent of the requirements for the Paralegal licence. The requirements are set by the LSO, not George Brown College, so you must follow the process listed on the LSO website and meet the requirements applicable to you to achieve the Paralegal licence. LSO policies are subject to change without notice, and George Brown College is not responsible for any information errors or inaccuracies that result from a change in LSO policy.

Contact Information

Contact:

Legal Studies Department