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Paralegal Studies

See yourself working as a legal services provider, working in courts, government ministries, law firms or in a business environment? Then this is the program for you.

London

Windsor

Program Duration
Full Time: 48 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday-Friday
Practicum Duration
120 hours*
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Accreditation
Law Society of Ontario

PARALEGAL STUDIES DIPLOMA

Paralegal is a licensed profession in Ontario for clients who are looking for access to cost-effective legal services. Our Paralegal Studies Diploma program prepares you for a career in this expanding field. Paralegals in Ontario now have their own scope of practice and, within these permitted areas, provide an affordable option for legal services. Paralegals may act independently in the representation of clients. Paralegals may represent clients in small claims matters; landlord/tenant matters; matters before many provincial agencies, boards, and tribunals, such as the Landlord Tenant Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. They may also appear on summary conviction procedures for criminal offences.

Anderson College’s Paralegal Studies program provides you the skills law firms look for. Simply fill out the form to take your first step on this new path

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The program is 48 weeks, including 120 hours* of practicum with on-the-job training, and offsite with potential employers. Our Paralegal Studies program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario. The objective of the Paralegal Diploma program is to provide our students with the required substantive law training to successfully enter the Law Society of Ontario’s paralegal licensing process. Students will learn constitutional and administrative law, client interviewing, legal research, evidence, small claims court, provincial offenses, legal writing, dispute resolution and mediation, legal computer applications, tribunals, immigration law and landlord and tenant law. All law courses are taught by lawyers or licensed paralegals.

The following paralegal courses will help you establish a legal services business of your own: ethics and professional responsibility, practice management, operating a small business and legal accounting. In addition, you will learn how to effectively use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Bookkeeping.

The structure of our Paralegal Studies program includes traditional lecture and seminar courses, as well as field trips to local courts and tribunals. There are also a number of mock hearings and presentations throughout the program. Practicum placement will ensure you graduate with exposure to the profession, and the requisite hours to qualify for the licensing process.

To provide legal services in Ontario a person must be licensed by the Law Society of Ontario.

And to obtain a license, a person must graduate from a program accredited by the Law Society of Ontario, pass a licensing examination and be of good character.

For more information about the paralegal regulation and licensing requirements, please visit the Law Society’s website at www.lso.on.ca  or call the Member Resource Centre at 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380.

*120 hours total

PARALEGAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Paralegals in Ontario now have their own scope of practice and, within these permitted areas, provide an affordable option for legal services.

Paralegals may act independently in the representation of clients. Paralegals may represent clients in small claims matters; landlord/tenant matters; matters before all federal and provincial agencies, boards and commissions as well as tribunals such as the Landlord Tenant Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. They may also appear on summary conviction procedure criminal offences.

Paralegals may also find employment in a wide variety of workplaces, including:

  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal)
  • Large Corporations
  • Self-Employed Paralegal
  • Law and Paralegal Firms
  • Banks/Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Courts (Federal and Provincial)
  • Legal Clinics
  • Other Law-Related Occupations

PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent, or if 18 years of age or over, you may apply as a mature student and write an entrance exam
  • Ontario grade 12 English or equivalent
  • Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all Paralegals
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Immigration approval
  • Assessment Interview to determine suitability for the Paralegal program
  • A criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to become licensed in Ontario, as such a police background check is required – please discuss with our Admissions Advisor or LSO before enrolling in a paralegal program

WHAT SETS US APART

Beyond our industry-expert instructors, comprehensive learning materials and real-world training – what sets us apart, is a community of support, sharing your interests and goals for creating a life-changing career path, one that will become like a family as you navigate your way to success.

FROM CLASSROOM TO LIFE

    • Gain real-time knowledge and best practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through a practicum with leading legal agencies and organizations
    • Grow through lectures and real-life case studies
    • Garner practical knowledge in process and procedure during a four-week work placement under the supervision of an LSO Licensee, during which you will use the skills learned in the classroom and experience your profession from a practical perspective

Anderson students will be gaining hands-on experience with uLawPractice as part of the curriculum. uLawPractice is Canada’s most trusted legal accounting and practice management software. Founded in 2011 the company offers cloud based software that helps automate and streamline the business component of running a compliant legal business. Paralegal & law clerk students at Anderson College are getting hands-on experience using uLaw.

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I am very thankful that I enrolled in this School. I have learned a lot of things. Trained and assisted by the best people. All the staff are knowledgeable with what they do. And the people are the best in the field. I would definitely recommend this school to all the people I know! And to all staff, keep up the good work!

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Faculty

Bryan D.

Bryan D

“The law leaves much room for interpretation, but little room for self-doubt.”

Bryan has been a paralegal in private practice since 2014. In 2020 Bryan joined the college as an instructor in the paralegal program. In 2021, Bryan was appointed, by order in-council, as a Member of the Landlord and Tenant Board. In 2022, Bryan received his credentials as a Qualified Mediator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

Ben C., BA

“Although I am a program coordinator, I am also an instructor. I really enjoy this aspect of the job. I enjoy taking the journey with the students from day one to field placement and eventually using their skills in the industry to start a new career.”

Ben is a paralegal licensed with the Law Society of Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor and has graduated from the Paralegal Program at St. Clair College.

Since 2010, Ben has been mentored into the legal profession by an experienced lawyer and has continued working and gaining experience in the industry. He has been the sole proprietor of Canniff Paralegal since 2011 serving businesses and residents in Windsor, Essex County, and Chatham-Kent.

In 2013, Ben began teaching part-time at St. Clair college and has gained valuable experience both in the classroom and in developing resources.

Since 2020, Ben has been the Paralegal Program Coordinator at Westervelt College (now Anderson) in Windsor.

Susan S., HBA, LLB

"Ontario is fortunate to have the assistance of licensed paralegals, and I am glad to have the opportunity to share the knowledge I have acquired through my career and years of teaching."

Susan is a graduate of Western University with honours in English and history. She also holds a Bachelor of Law.

Susan practised law in London, Ontario for several years before becoming an instructor. She was a part-time instructor in the bar admission course for the law society before joining a college in 1999.

Susan is an active member of the law society. Currently, she is the program coordinator and an instructor of the Paralegal Studies program at Anderson College - London campus.

Norbert W.

“I have a lifetime of knowledge to pass on to students and hope to continue learning myself from the experiences they will share with me.”

Norbert has more than 30 years’ experience in various fields of law, including being an auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency, a director for the Ontario Federation of Labour, and a labour consultant for the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Currently, he has a successful law practice, focusing on labour, human rights and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) law.

Norbert holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration with honours, Paralegal diploma with honours, and Paralegal License from the Law Society
of Upper Canada. He’s also a member of the advisory committee for the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers, certified instructor for the Workers
Health and Safety Centre and certified WSIB instructor for the Occupational Disability Response Team, now Prevention Link.

Teddy K.

“Ask the right questions, and you will find the right answers. The knowledge you will gain in doing that will be a treasure that will last a lifetime; build you up from the inside and the outside; and that can never be taken from you.”

Teddy is a lawyer called to the Bar of Ontario; prior to that he was an Ontario licensed paralegal. Initially graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), he then went on to earn an LLM (Master of Laws) and Master of Science.

In addition to being a lawyer, Teddy was a member of the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board, the Transportation Appeals Tribunal of Canada, and is currently a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants of Canada.

Since 2019, he has taught as a sessional lecturer at the University of Windsor Law School in the subjects of administrative law and landlord and tenancy law. He is a terrific asset to Anderson’s Paralegal program; his expertise and instruction empower students to confidently enter the field of law and achieve their career aspirations.

Kristina J.

“À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible. (With valiant heart nothing is impossible) ~ Jacques Cœur”

Kristina is a graduate of Westervelt College and is a practicing paralegal covering the areas of London - Middlesex, Niagara Falls, and City of Kawartha Lakes. She specializes in landlord tenant law and is also employed by a property management firm in London.

Kristina is a court typist, doing audio video transcripts such as 9-1-1 calls and was formerly a volunteer at John Howard Society. In addition, she is a part-time photographer, specializing in reclamation, nature, and candid photography. Previous projects include photoshoots of the former London Psychiatric Hospital.

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