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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.


Program Duration
Full Time: 50 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday-Friday
Practicum Duration
4 weeks*
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Law Society of Ontario (until 2025)


Paralegal is a licensed profession in Ontario for clients who are looking for access to cost-effective legal services. Our Paralegal 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.

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The program is 50 weeks, including a 4-week* practicum with on-the-job training, and offsite with potential employers. Our Paralegal program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario until 2025. 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 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  or call the Member Resource Centre at 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380.

*37.5 hours per week / 150 hours total


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


  • 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 – please discuss with our Admissions Advisor or LSO before enrolling in a paralegal program


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.


    • 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.


Contact us to talk with one of our Admissions Experts. We’ll walk you through the details of what you’ll need and how to apply, the details of the program curriculum and the next steps to get you on your way to your first, or next, successful career.


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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!

Camille J.


Ian B.

"I’m enthusiastic about the profession and enthusiastic about teaching. I know the reward of achieving a paralegal diploma and starting a fulfilling career, and I want that for every student in my class. When I see former students who are now equal colleagues with successful careers, I couldn't be more pleased."

Ian has been a paralegal since 2010 and has had a wide range of experience in various legal areas such as landlord/tenant and small claims court, before deciding to focus on provincial offences.

Ian has a firm and continues to serve clients in Toronto and the surrounding area. After agreeing to be a guest speaker to a classroom of paralegal students in 2013, Ian became an instructor via invite.

It was an invitation that he was happy to accept. He considers teaching to be an extension of his paralegal career and a responsibility to the profession. Ian brings real-world practical situations, knowledge, and advice to the classroom.

In 2019, Ian received the CCO Excellence in Teaching Award from Career Colleges Ontario. The award is described by the organization as "the highest honour our sector can provide next to a fulfilling career."

Katriena D.

"If you become a professional in an area you are passionate about it will never feel like work.”

Katriena has an extensive background in training legal and real estate professionals. Operating her own legal assistance and process serving business for over 20 years, Katriena thrives in an environment of learning and growth. She acquired her paralegal license to strengthen and further her expertise. In addition, her accomplishments as an award-winning RE/MAX Hall of Fame realtor extend the list of invaluable skills she offers clients and her students. Katriena possesses negotiation and collaboration abilities that are a necessity in today’s legal environment and keen assets as she mentors future paralegal professionals.

As a paralegal instructor, Katriena acknowledges that each student is unique in their learning style and aims to ensure every student is given an equal and engaging opportunity to learn.

George T.

"Of all the jobs I have had, teaching paralegal students is the best. Seeing my students become comfortable with the numerous concepts in statutory and precedent law is very satisfying; seeing them become confident and successful, is extraordinary.”

George began working as a police officer in 1970, worked as a uniform officer, detective, and community liaison officer and while with community programs, initiated and organized several community consultative committees.

George retired from policing in 1998 and began working as an agent for counsel for a criminal defense lawyer. In 2007, he became a licensed paralegal. In 2013, he began applying his extensive experience toward teaching within Paralegal programs, first at Cestar College, becoming the program coordinator, and then at the Canadian College of Business, Science and Technology in Brampton. He is now thrilled to work with Anderson students as they embrace their paralegal career futures.

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