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Paralegal

Become a member of the exciting and rewarding legal field with our accredited Paralegal program that also includes an 8-week internship.

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    Type

    Diploma

    Duration

    60 Weeks

    Internship

    8 Weeks

    Program Outline

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    About Our Paralegal Program

    Our 60-week Paralegal diploma program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario and includes an 8-week internship for hands-on experience. This Paralegal program will provide you with an understanding of various areas of law including tribunal practice, residential landlord and tenant law, civil litigation within the limit of the Small Claims Court, and much more.

    Receive a $1,500 bursary when you enroll in the full-time Paralegal program before July 31, 2025.

    Career Opportunities

    The Paralegal program prepares you to pursue a career as a paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. As a paralegal, you may work as an independent provider of legal services, or in law offices or legal departments throughout the public and private sectors.

     

    Employers Who Have Hired Our Paralegal Program Grads

    • TD Canada Trust
    • Local Union 787
    • Westminster Legal Firm
    • X-Coppers
    • Brampton Court House
    • Rosenblatt & Associates
    • Brown Law Firm
    • First Canadian Paralegal

    Salary

    93 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 32

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 47

    High Wage/HR**

    *Employment Rate based on 2022 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.

    Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

    NOC Code: 4211/42200 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Jan 2024.

    Program Details

    Does a career in the legal field excite you? Do you want to provide legal services and apply your attention to detail and research skills in this exciting field? The Paralegal diploma program at triOS will prepare you for a career in the legal field. You’ll learn about the evidence and litigation process, legal accounting, and varies areas of law including Administrative law.

    Students enrolled in this Paralegal program will receive:

    • Diploma accredited by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO).
    • Qualification for admission to the LSO paralegal licensing process.
    • Software subscriptions for Microsoft Office and Windows included in the tuition fee.
    • Software Instruction included in this program: Clio and Automated Civil Litigation (ACL3).

    Students who successfully complete the Paralegal courses are eligible to apply for admission to the Paralegal Licensing Program with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). According to the LSO, paralegals must be licensed or fall within one of the categories which are exempt, in order to provide legal services in Ontario.

    Course Listings
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Management
    In this module, you will create and refine your résumé and LinkedIn Profile. You will write cover letters and learn the value of customizing cover letters to specific job postings. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge as you conduct a job search and write a cover letter tailored to an ideal job post. Through research, you will create a list of top employers and target current industry opportunities. You will learn about current methods for applying to job postings using technology. You will also gain an understanding of the job interview process, typical interview questions and possible responses, and expectations of both the interviewer and interviewee. In addition, you will engage in practical application of the interview process through role-play. Topics such as negotiating salary, self-management, and on-the-job success for placements and post-graduate employment will be also covered.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Paralegal Field Placement (240)
    In this practicum, you are required to complete field placement in a legal work setting to apply the theory and skills that you have learned throughout the Paralegal program, and to gain relevant work experience. Field placement builds on these skills with the concept of putting the theory and knowledge gained from the program into practice. You must successfully complete 240 hours of field placement in order to graduate from the Paralegal program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Diversity and Indigenous Peoples in Canada
    The first half of this course helps you further your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultural awareness. The course will provide a baseline knowledge of the colonial history of Canada, how it continues today, and the adverse outcomes for Indigenous people. You will explore the role of law and your potential to advance reconciliation when assisting Indigenous clients. The second part of the course looks at diversity and its strengths in the legal workplace. Among the topics covered are the strengths of diversity, its occasional challenges, how to manage diversity in the workplace, and the value of diversity training. Diversity in group dynamics is addressed, with an emphasis on the strengths of a heterogeneous group and the types of diversity found in it.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Office Skills
    This course is designed to provide orientation and instruction in general legal office procedures to give students the tools to make a good impression and be confident in their contributions in the legal environment. You will explore roles and responsibilities in a general legal setting and the legal ethics involved with working with clients. The course will enable you to develop time management and organizational skills necessary for success in the legal profession.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Relations and Interviewing Skills
    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of working with clients and how to build that relationship. It will also teach legal professionals how to prepare for, structure, and conduct effective client interviews. The quality of client interviews is essential to ensure that professionals receive essential information to achieve better results for their clients.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to the Legal System
    This course provides you with a fundamental understanding of the Canadian government and political system, the Canadian legal system and the organization of the Canadian court system. You will learn important legal terminology and principles such as jurisdiction. The course also provides you with an understanding of the different divisions of law, including private and public law, procedural and substantive law, and statutory and common law. You will explore public law and the application of the Constitution, and the Charter. You will also study key areas of private law, which fall within a paralegal’s scope of practice, such as property law, business law and consumer law.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Computer Applications
    This course provides you with the computer literacy skills needed to succeed in all aspects of legal work. Computer literacy, including proficient keying, document production, and checking for exactness are critical skills in all aspects of legal work. You will be introduced to Microsoft Office products for producing different types of documents, such as correspondence, memorandums, spreadsheets, presentations, and legal specific documents. You will experience step-by-step instructor-led demonstrations and self-directed demonstrations followed by practice activities to develop your computer literacy. You will also learn how to find legal resources online.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Communication and Writing
    In this course, you will enhance your communication skills. You will refine your listening, speaking, and writing skills, with a particular emphasis on written communication and grammar. You will learn the importance of effective legal writing in the legal profession with a view to gain an understanding of the different purposes of each routine legal document.This is a hands-on ‘drafting’ course with daily activities focused on developing your ability to draft the various types of correspondence commonly found in a legal practice. You will also be introduced to the common forms used to initiate proceedings at various venues withinthe paralegal scope of practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Research and Writing
    This course provides you with a fundamental understanding of legal research processes within the Canadian legal system. You will learn how to identify and access primary sources of law including statutes, regulations and case law. You will also learn how to access and use secondary sources of law, from the Internet and Quicklaw Advance. You will explore tertiary sources such as reports and medial articles. You will showcase skills in online and print source legal research, case briefing, and memo drafting. You will also develop the ability to identify legal issues from a set of facts and draft a legal memorandum based on both facts and applicable law.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Tort Law
    Tort law is an area of private law that deals with certain types of wrongful conduct and the remedies available to those affected by that conduct. It covers a wide range of behaviours and is primarily concerned with providing a means of compensation. This course offers you a basic understanding of tort law and its supporting social policies. You will learn about the major categories of tort law, the fundamental elements of a cause in action in tort and learn how to determine damages and other remedies. You will also learn how to identify the potential defenses available in tort actions.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Contract Law
    This course provides students with a basic understanding of the governing principles related to contract law. You will review relevant and up-to-date case law and conduct your own legal research to understand substantive contract law principles.You will learn the main features of a legally enforceable contract. You will also examine the rules and principles that assist in interpreting the terms of a contract, including exclusion and penalty clauses. You will also learn who can sue and who can be sued under a contract using contract law principles to guide their analysis.You will dive into contractual defects, breach of contract and the remedies available to parties seeking redress for said breaches.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Employment Law
    This course gives you an understanding of fundamental employment law and principles. You will explore the applicable federal and provincial employment and employment-related statutes and the workplace function of each. You will examine the role of the Employment Standards Act of 2000 in acting as a safety net for non-unionized employees. The methods of enforcement of the statute and prosecuting violations of the ESA are connected to the knowledge obtained in the course about Provincial Offences. You will explore the role of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and review the Ministry of Labour's decisions on employment disputes and make decisions on labor disputes. You will also dive into related areas like human rights, equity, privacy in employment, and rehabilitation programs through OHSA and WSIB.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Small Claims Court
    In this module, you will learn about the processes involved in preparing and presenting cases in Small Claims Court. You will work collaboratively with each other under your instructor's guidance to initiate legal proceedings before the court and learn how to draft legal documents during civil litigation. You are trained to represent clients in court, so you must know how to prepare civil litigation documents. The module covers topics such as Introduction to Small Claims Court, Paralegals, and their Clients, acting for the Plaintiff: Preliminary Considerations, Commencing the Action, Default Proceedings and Acting for the Defendant, Motions, Offers to Settle and Settlement Conferences, Trials and Assessment Hearings, Motions for New Trial and Appeals, and Enforcing Small Claims Court Judgments.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Provincial Offences/Motor Vehicle Offences
    This course introduces you to fundamental concepts and procedures outlined by the Provincial Offences Act for quasi-criminal matters in the Ontario Court of Justice. You will explore various procedural streams, charging documents, offense classifications, and defenses. You will thoroughly examine the anatomy of a provincial offenses trial, covering sentencing and appeals. Throughout the course, you will familiarize yourself with court rules and practices for representing defendants facing regulatory offenses. In addition to delving into this broadly applicable statute, you will also scrutinize common offenses under essential provincial laws like the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor License Act, and Occupational Health and Safety Act, among others. You will possess the knowledge and tools to represent clients charged under municipal, provincial, or federal laws governed by the POA.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Law and Summary Conviction Procedure
    The course introduces you to the criminal justice process, outlining every aspect of a summary conviction, including both substantive law and procedural law from preliminary matters to sentencing and appeals. Balancing the theoretical and practical application of criminal law, through the lens of a paralegal’s permitted scope of practice, you are introduced to the elements of an offence, common defences, search and arrest, court attendance, witness provisions, disclosure, pre-trial conferences and applications, remedies, trial strategies, sentencing procedures, appeals. You will examine key components and offences of the Criminal Code, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Law Rules, and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Administrative Law
    This course provides you with a basic understanding of the foundations of Administrative Law in Canada. Concepts canvassed in this course include private and public law, procedural and substantive law, and statutory and common law. You will learn the fundamental rules of natural justice and procedural fairness.You will learn the main procedural statute – the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, about the Judicial Review Procedure Act and many statutes and common law rules, related to Administrative Law. You will learn the process for reviewing the authority, form and function of administrative tribunals,and the relationship between the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Administrative Law.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Tribunal Practice and Procedures
    This course provides you with a fundamental and practical understanding of administrative law and advocacy before government tribunals.This course enables you to apply the knowledge learned in administrative law. You will learn the basic steps that should be followed in many tribunals and the procedures involved in preparing for and participating in hearings before a tribunal, including issues that arise after the proceeding and challenging and enforcing orders. The course also provides you with a hands-on approach to selected tribunals that you are most likely to encounter, with additional tribunals being covered in separate courses. The tribunals that are focused on in this course include: Social Benefits Tribunal, Assessment Review Board, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Law Society Tribunal, Ontario Land Tribunal, Condominium Authority Tribunal, and Social Security Tribunal.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
    The course focuses on residential tenancies and the administrative body, the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB) created for dealing with landlord/tenant disputes.You will examine the governing legislation, Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) to gain an understanding of the rights and obligations of parties, and the procedural components of enforcing those rights and obligations. At the end of this course, you should have the knowledge and tools necessary to assist in the representation of clients dealing with matters within the jurisdiction of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Immigration and Refugee Law
    The course introduces you to a general overview of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). Throughout the course, you will examine the substantive law and procedural law relating to the various matters heard at the IRB. Balancing the theoretical and practical application of immigration and refugee law, through the lens of a paralegal’s permitted scope of practice, you are introduced to the jurisdiction of each of the divisions at this specialized tribunal, including admissibility hearings, detention reviews, immigration appeals, refugee protection hearings and refugee appeals.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Insurance Law
    This course provides you with a fundamental and practical understanding of Insurance Law, focusing on motor vehicle insurance and workplace safety and insurance. The course also provides you with a hands-on approach to selected tribunals that you will encounter in this area, such as the License Appeal Tribunal, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board/Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Human Rights Law
    This course provides you with a fundamental and practical understanding of Human Rights Law, focusing on understanding Ontario's Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Human Rights Act. The course also provides you with a hands-on approach to selected tribunals that you will encounter in this area, such as the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Practice Management/Operating a Small Business
    The rules and scope of work for paralegals are ever-evolving. You need to be aware of not only the rules, but also of the steps and legal requirements involved in starting, managing, and working in a paralegal practice.The course will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the variousobligations and challenges associated with paralegal practice, including self-employment, business ownership, marketing, and management of paralegal practice. You will focus on the guiding principles of paralegal practice with a focus on the Paralegal Rules of Conduct and Paralegal Professional Conduct Guidelines.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Accounting
    This course is designed to provide the basics of legal accounting, including the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requirements of paralegals. You will learn how legal accounting helps to manage most aspects of a firm’s business. You are taught basic legal office accounting procedures including the creation and operation of general and trust accounts. You will dive into concepts such as general accounting principles, journals and ledgers and financial transaction analysis, bank accounts used in a paralegal practice, reconciliations, financial statements, and GST/HST. You will gain an understanding of bylaws and other legal authorities, which govern financial record-keeping requirements.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Ethics and Professional Responsibility
    You will learn about the principles of legal ethics and professional conduct, and the application of those principles in this course. You will examine the rules in conjunction with the applicable guidelines and other relevant material. You will consider and analyze the Rules and apply them to comply with your ethical and professional obligations.You will also examine the required competencies regarding providing legal services to Indigenous Peoples in Ontario. At the conclusion of the course, you will demonstrate an understanding of a paralegal’s duty to provide legal services and discharge all responsibilities to clients, tribunals, the public, and other members of the legal profession honourably and with integrity. The Paralegal Rules of Conduct set standards for professional conduct for paralegal licensees.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Evidence and the Litigation Process
    The study of the law of evidence is not merely the study of a set of rules which exclude facts from the consideration of the fact finder. It requires a detailed examination of the panoply of opportunities for the skillful advocate who is able to persuasively demonstrate and articulate an argument for the admissibility or inadmissibility of facts which are helpful or harmful to a client's cause. In this course, the focus of the study of the law of evidence will be a concentration upon the applicable rules, both statutory and common law. You will learn about the rationale behind the admission and exclusion evidence and the all of the evidentiary principles that support these rationales. The thrust of the course will focus upon a theoretical overview of the subject areas. The course covers both the Law of Evidence and the litigation process in Ontario. You will draw upon previous learning of the litigation process in Ontario. Topics covered include the manner in which proceedings are commenced, the importance of the Limitations Act, 2002, capacity of the parties, litigation guardianship necessity, the types of issues dealt with in applications and motions, the procedure for initiating them and successfully completing this step in the litigation process, the proper disposition of a trial with the issues about the costs, including the assessment hearings and the final submissions. The basis for appeals is reviewed in the context of Evidence Law.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR is an umbrella term for processes, other than judicial determination, in which an impartial person (an ADR practitioner) assists those in a dispute to resolve the issues between them. ADR is commonly used as an abbreviation for alternative dispute resolution but can also mean assisted or appropriate dispute resolution. The main types of ADR are negotiation,mediation, and arbitration. You will gather relevant information, prepare for, and conduct interviews. Examining the various ADR techniques for use in the scope of practice for paralegals, you will gain an overall perspective of the basic skills involved in resolving disputes using ADR techniques.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advocacy
    This course teaches you how to be an advocate on behalf of a client during a trial/hearing. In the first half of the course, you will study the principles and techniques of trial/hearing advocacy. The principles, techniques, and rules for trial advocacy apply similarly to civil trials, criminal trials, and administrative hearings. Scenarios used in the mock trials will be representative of any or all the venues within the permitted scope of practice of a paralegal. In the second half of the course, you will be given the opportunity to apply what you have learned and practice your newly obtained advocacy skills. You will demonstrate the art of persuasively putting forward the client’s case by developing a theory of the case. You will also need to develop a litigation strategy, which you will present at court during a mock trial. In addition, you will prepare the necessary pleadings and other court documents as required in the case scenario. Pleadings in this course are not graded.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    This course stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. The course will address strategies that are important for all adult learners, such as managing finances, maintaining health and wellness, understanding learning styles, setting goals, and honing practical study skills (such as memory, reading, and test-taking techniques). In addition, this course emphasizes strategies needed to succeed in your program, such as navigating technology efficiently, interacting and engaging with peers and facilitators/instructors, and managing learning time and space.
    Admission Requirements
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    – High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Outline at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant)
    – Passing score on the Entrance Assessment

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    Testimonial

    "triOS offered an accelerated program that was recognized by the Law Society of Ontario towards writing the paralegal licensing exam. The triOS instructors were experts in the subject matter, who not only delivered the requisite materials, but also offered their own personal insights regarding the industry, providing real-world experiences."

    Joanne F.

    Graduate

    At triOS, our Law Society of Ontario-accredited in-person Paralegal program fuses theoretical legal concepts taught by experienced legal practitioners with hands-on practical learning through mock trials and a robust internship program, so that students can thrive as licensed paralegals with their own clients.

    John-Paul Rodrigues

    Paralegal Program Coordinator, triOS College

    What is a Paralegal?

    Watch triOS College's Paralegal Program Coordinator John-Paul Rodrigues explain the description of a paralegal. Find out how you can become a good paralegal and explore your career options.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Paralegal in Ontario

     

    How to Become a Paralegal

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    To become a licensed paralegal in Ontario, you should start by obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent. Then, enroll in an approved paralegal program and complete the required paralegal courses, which cover various aspects of the legal profession. During your paralegal training, you'll need to complete a work placement to gain practical experience. After graduation, apply for licensing from the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), meeting specific eligibility criteria, and passing the Paralegal Licensing Examination. Once licensed, you can practice as a paralegal, offering legal services in various areas, while also fulfilling continuing education and professional development requirements. Stay updated on the current licensing regulations as they may change over time.
    triOS College offers an LSO-accredited Paralegal program that combines legal theoretical concepts with hands-on training through mock trials and an intensive internship program.

    How long does it take to become a paralegal?

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    Becoming a licensed paralegal in Ontario involves completing your education in the form of a diploma, degree, or graduate certificate, which typically takes 1 to 3 years. After obtaining the required education, you must pass the Paralegal Licensing Examination administered by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and meet character and fitness requirements to obtain your license. You will also need practical experience, often in the form of supervised practice.
    As a paralegal, you must engage in continuing education to maintain your license. The timeline for this process can vary depending on your specific educational path and your progress through the licensing requirements set by the LSO.
    triOS College offers a 60-week Paralegal diploma program. It comes with an 8-week internship to help you get the real-world experience you need to face real career challenges in the future.

    What does a paralegal do in Ontario?

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    Paralegals in Ontario, regulated by the Law Society of Ontario, can offer legal services in specific areas, including representing clients in Small Claims Court, provincial offenses court, and administrative tribunals. They can assist with landlord-tenant matters, summary criminal offenses, and legal document preparation, as part of a legal proceeding. They can also provide legal advice, mediate disputes, and offer notary services. However, they cannot practice in areas exclusively reserved for lawyers, such as real estate law and wills and estates. Paralegals in Ontario are required to meet educational and licensing requirements, adhere to professional standards, and provide services within their authorized practice areas.