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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies


Gain the skills to practise as a paralegal in Ontario.

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Sheridan’s two-year Paralegal diploma program sets you on the road to becoming a licensed paralegal.

Critical training

Successful completion of Sheridan's accredited Paralegal program qualifies you to write the Law Society of Ontario licensing examination, a requirement if you wish to practise as a paralegal in Ontario. The training you receive at Sheridan – from professors with many years of experience working in the legal profession – will prepare you for a career in this challenging field.

What you'll learn

  • Prosecution and defence of summary conviction offences and provincial offences.
  • Small claims court procedure.
  • Effective advocacy before tribunals such as the Landlord and Tenant Board, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal.
  • Legal research and writing.

Hands-on experience

Following the final term of your Paralegal program, you'll complete an unpaid four-week (140-hour) field placement in a legal environment within a paralegal's permitted scope of practice. You may be in a variety of legal settings including a court office, legal clinic, paralegal firm or law firm. Some travel may be required, and you'll need to provide your own transportation.

Additional information

The Law Society of Ontario is the independent governing body empowered by the Province of Ontario to regulate the legal profession. Paralegal scope of practice, licensing, and examination procedures including fees, examination dates and admission requirements, are within the sole authority of the Law Society of Ontario.

Your program professors are lawyers and paralegals with many years of experience working in the legal profession. Under their direction you'll learn through a combination of teaching methods including:

  • Classroom lecture and discussion
  • Collaborative group assignments
  • Mock trials and hearings
  • Computer-based assignments in the computer lab

Explore your future classroom

At Sheridan, many of our labs and classrooms are built to mimic work environments in the real world. Want to see a lab used by Paralegal students at Sheridan? Take a virtual tour of the Mock Courthouse you'll use as a student in this program.

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PARAL