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LAW CLERK SPECIALIST

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:AM/PM
DURATION:61 Weeks
INTERNSHIP:Available
CAMPUSES:SpecificINQUIRE
NOC CODE:4211
PROGRAM OUTLINE

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The legal sector is a stable choice for those who enjoy intellectual challenge and have a desire to learn and grow. Law clerks are needed to provide assistance to lawyers and judges in several different legal settings, and do so by liaising with clients, drafting legal documents, and prioritizing their workload. By opting for an education in law, you are making the choice to step into a fast-paced and thrilling career where your opinions matter and every day will bring an exciting new challenge.

triOS has developed the Law Clerk Specialist diploma program to give you everything you need to flourish as a law clerk in the legal field. Software used in this program includes: PCLaw, Automated Civil Litigation (ACL3), Teraview and Conveyancer, Fast Company, Divorcemate and Estate-a-base.

Online Research includes: Quicklaw, www.canlii.org, www.lsuc.on.ca and others.

Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

STUDENTS RECEIVE

  • 2-month internship!
  • Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) student membership
  • Preparation for ILCO exams (fees included)
  • Field trip opportunities
  • Training on current legal software
  • Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard and Windows are included in the program fees

INCLUDED COURSES

Advocacy & Small Claims (Moot Court)

This course teaches students about the procedures involved in a Small Claims Court action in Ontario. The material in this course is of particular interest to both paralegal and law clerk students; paralegal students learn how to represent a client and principles of advocacy in the Small Claims Court, and law clerk students learn about document / form preparation and the main administrative rules of the Small Claims Court. All students in the class are taught the basics of practice and procedure in this Court and are given the opportunity to prepare for and conduct and participate in a mock trial.

Civil Litigation & Debtor/Creditor

This course provides students with a basic appreciation of the civil litigation process. As well as this course offering an overview of the process involved, students learn to open and carry a civil litigation file from start to finish and to prepare the necessary court documents which are essential to the process. Students should gain a basic understanding of when, how and why court documents are prepared and filed. Additionally, students are taught the basic, substantive principles of civil litigation and the rules which accompany this area of law.

Career Management

Our Career Management program introduces students to the strategies and components of an effective job search, including self-marketing and awareness, skills inventory, job search tools and the job market. The Career Management course is delivered by our on-campus Career Services Team who are there throughout the job search to assist and mentor students towards achieving their ultimate goal of employment in their field of study. Our Team of Career Services Professionals maintain relationships in their communities with key employers and organizations that recognize the value triOS graduates have to offer. The skills learned throughout Career Management at triOS will continue to serve students in their job search as they navigate their new careers.

Contracts & Drafting Contracts

This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the law of contract and the fundamentals of contract drafting.

Corporate Law

This provides students with a basic understanding of the procedural aspects of corporate and business law. Students learn to identify and complete the appropriate and numerous forms involved in the correct, administrative functioning of business and corporate entities. Most importantly, students learn how to prepare the necessary forms for incorporating a federal, provincial or extra-provincial company and what is involved in the day to day filing requirements associated with the running and administrative maintenance of that company. Students are taught about the different government agencies that regulate sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations and how to deal with those agencies correctly. Broadly speaking, students are exposed to a general knowledge of the principles of business and corporate law and the compliance rules associated with them.

Criminal Law & Summary Conviction Procedure

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of Canadian criminal law. Concepts explored include Federal statutes which create offenses, jurisdiction over substantive criminal law, procedure and the administration of the courts. Students also explore the organization of the court system, and the role of the components of our criminal law system; as well as the precepts of the Charter which apply. Other areas examined include the Criminal Code, the interpretation of the offenses, procedure and sentence options. Students are also introduced to Summary Conviction procedures.

Dicta Typing

Effective and professional communication in legal practice requires strength in transcription, citation and grammatical skills. By the repeated use of terminology, citation, grammar and transcription exercises combined with a thoroughly written textbook and an equally comprehensive final examination, this course attempts to build both fluency and confidence in each of the foregoing areas.

Microsoft Excel

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the basic commands, functions and capabilities of Microsoft Office Excel. It is designed for computer users who are new to spreadsheets, or who only plan to use Excel occasionally. This course will provide you with the skills to create Workbooks using: "what if" analysis; utilize multiple sheets and learn the basic concepts of Formulas and Functions.

Family Procedure

This course will familiarize the Law Clerk student with the law relating to marriage, separation, divorce and other aspects of family relationships. Students will become familiar with documents and processes required for a variety of family law situations with emphasis on divorce, financial and property issues. To enable students’ understanding of the legal context within which this documentation is used, they will be introduced to the most important substantive law topics including custody and support issues within divorce and Family Law Act proceedings. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize, analyze and formulate procedures for dealing with family law problems. The use of popular legal software for family law is an important component of this course because, in practice, students may be required to be familiar with its function and operation. Accordingly, DivorceMate© software will be introduced to the class.

Introduction to the Legal System

This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the Canadian government and political system. Concepts canvassed include private and public law, procedural and substantive law, and statutory and common law. Students will learn the organization of the court system and the jurisdiction of the courts of first instance. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of our Constitution, its impact on federalism and the precepts of the Charter.

Residential Landlord & Tenant Law

This course focuses on residential tenancies and the administrative machinery required for dealing with landlord/tenant disputes. The Residential Tenancies Act (the governing legislation), and the Rules of Practice and various Interpretation Guidelines published by the Landlord and Tenant Board are studied. Students will be given an opportunity to observe the tribunal in action and to participate in a moot tribunal.

Real Estate Law

This course explores the major areas of residential real estate law, including land registration systems, conveyancing, title, ownership, contract law, using real property as security for a loan, the Planning Act and title insurance. Students examine the importance of the Rules of Professional Conduct relating to real estate transactions and the roles of both the lawyer and the law clerk. Students also study the substantive law and become skilled at the procedures required for conveyancing, using software tools Conveyancer and Teraview, while participating in a simulation of the closing of a real estate transaction.

Will & Estates

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the basics of drafting inter vivos documents, or those documents drafted during a client’s lifetime to plan for disposing of financial, legal and other assets on incapacity and on death. Students examine how to process an estate, when a deceased has left a will or not. Additionally, students explore the Rules of Civil Procedure which apply to contesting the distribution of assets included in an estate. Students are introduced to the use of precedents to prepare a will, a power of attorney for property and a power of attorney for personal care. Students also learn to prepare formal court documents, including applications, certificates, affidavits and notices as well as a consent, bond, and renunciation, and acquire the skills to use Estate-a-base, a software program for estate matters.

Microsoft Word

This Microsoft Word course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use Microsoft Word effectively in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Word is the world's most popular word processing software. Learning how to create, edit, format and print documents, enhance work with formatting, use bullets and numbering, add simple borders, tables, headers/footers, organizing data columns, and styles, are the foundational skills needed in preform in many positions. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of word processing software. The course combines lecture/demonstration by an instructor with readings, trainings, projects, and a final exam for students to work on in a simulation-based environment. Students are expected to ensure they meet proficiency requirements for working in this environment.

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FACT

According to the Labour Force Survey(2014), in Canada, 93% of law clerks worked full-time.Source: "Explore Careers - Job Market Report." Paralegal and Related Occupations (NOC 4211-B).

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED triOS GRADS

  • Only Immigration
  • Miller Thomson
  • Pace Law Firm
  • Santos Law
  • Paterson MacDougall LLP
  • Mississauga Law Chambers
  • Bernstein Law Group
  • CHAGPAR & Associates
  • And many more!

SALARY INFORMATION

Average Wage ($/hr)  - $25.00
High Wage ($/hr)        - $38.46

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

CERTIFICATIONS

Students who successfully complete the Wills and Estates, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation courses are eligible to write the associated ILCO provincial exams.

This program also includes the potential for Microsoft certifications in Word and Excel. Exam vouchers may be purchased at an additional cost.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement assessment passed) passing score on the triOS entrance assessment.

HEAR FROM AN EMPLOYER

We at CHAGPAR & Associates are proud to be working with triOS College in coordinating the training of their students seeking to become specialized as law clerks and licensed paralegals within the exciting and fast paced field of Personal Injury law. We have created, implemented, and maintained a positive business relationship with the college and uphold their ideals of training as well as the high standards we have developed in the placement training of their students. We are grateful to be part of investing our time to professionals seeking to truly make a difference in this industry and look forward to a continuous amicable relationship.

CHAGPAR & Associates

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