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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Paralegal

Gain the skills to practice as a paralegal in Ontario.

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 Upper Canada licensing examination, a requirement if you wish to practice 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, the Human Rights Tribunal, and the Immigration and Refugee Board.
  • 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 Upper Canada 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 Upper Canada.

Your program professors are lawyers 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

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Diploma

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