Paralegals assist lawyers in preparing cases. They also carry out administrative functions, and may on occasion undertake preliminary legal research work, under the supervision of a lawyer. This program will help students discover the challenges offered by a career as a paralegal. It will also provide them with more than just legal facts and theories. Included in the program is 600 hours of paid co-op experience. Students will have the opportunity to study substantive, procedural, and paralegal skills courses and apply theory into practice.
Western Community College’s Diploma in Paralegal Studies provides students with an affordable, high quality education into this exciting profession.
This program prepares graduates for careers as:
Earn up to $48.00* as a Paralegal
All wages are taken from the Canada Job Bank
Possess grade 12 education or its equivalent (i.e. secondary school graduation) or mature student status (19 years of age or over), OR
Those not meeting the standardized test (IELTS or TOEFL) cut-off mark may be required to take the three-month ESL offered by the College.
1950 hours/74 weeks
|Diploma in Paralegal Studies *||Contact Hours|
|1||GSC185||Orientation to Study||50|
|2||ENG106||Interpersonal Communications Skills||50|
|3||ICT180||Information and Communications Technology||50|
|4||PLA218||Introduction to the Canadian Legal System||100|
|5||PLA221||Law Office Procedures||50|
|7||PLA272||Legal Document Drafting||50|
|8||PLA273||Legal Research Methods||50|
|10||LAW254||Business and Corporate Law||100|
|12||PLA389||Legal Interviewing and Communication||50|
|13||PLA357||Wills, Probate and Estates||50|
|17||PLA452||Issues in Litigation||100|
|21||GSC210||Career Development Strategies||50|
|22||PLA599||Paralegal Co-op Education||100|
|Program Contact Hours:||1350|
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.
Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.
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