|Duration:||4 Semesters (2 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
As a student, you’ll train to become a law clerk, assisting lawyers in private law offices and in the law departments of government and industry. You’ll acquire an understanding of the general principles of law and receive specific training in the skills appropriate for law clerks. Areas of concentration include Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial Law and Litigation.
Required Keyboarding Speeds:
- 30 w.p.m. (net) at the end of first semester
- 40 w.p.m. (net) at the end of second semester
- 45 w.p.m. (net) at the end of third semester
- 50 w.p.m. (net) for graduation
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, using accurate legal terminology.
- Apply time management and organizational skills to meet the time lines and limitation periods within a legal environment.
- Assist in advocacy procedures in courtroom and tribunal appearances.
- Utilize information technology resources and skills appropriately within the legal environment.
- Employ knowledge of substantive law within the role of the law clerk.
- Employ knowledge of legal procedures within the role of the law clerk.
- Adhere to the legal profession's principles of ethics and conduct.
- Contribute to preliminary research of legal information, using traditional and electronic resources.
- Use office skills to support the operation of a legal office.
- Develop strategies for ongoing professional development to enhance competence.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation(C), University Preparation(U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading)
- Students are required to be highly literate in the English language and to have good writing skills in order to be successful in the Law Clerk program.
- Applicant grades in pre–requisite courses (or their equivalents) may be used as a basis for the selection of candidates.
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
- Grade 11 Canadian History and Politics Since 1945
Note: Although not required for admission, a high degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m. are strongly recommended.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Earn your Law Clerk diploma and be prepared for a career as a law clerk or legal assistant in a wide range of law office environments. Major employers include small to large law firms, governments and corporate law departments.
Pursuant to an articulation agreement between Seneca College and York University, a graduate of the Law Clerk program at Seneca College, who has achieved a 3.0 grade point average, may be eligible to receive 24 transfer credits from York University's Law and Society program and enter this program in year two. Contact the Law Clerk program co–ordinator for further details.
Successfully complete our Law Clerk program and you'll be eligible for membership as an Ordinary Member in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, and you may apply for membership as an Associate Member after having worked for three years without having to write the Associate's examination(s).
Meet all the necessary academic requirements, and you will have the opportunity to participate in an unpaid field placement. This provides you with practical work experience and exposure to potential employers. You may have a shared responsibility for securing a placement.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|Tyndale University College||• Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Business Administration - International Development or Business Administration - Co-op|
|York University||• Bachelor of Arts (Law and Society)|
|Algoma University||• Bachelor of Arts in a related field|
|Brock University||• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science|
|Nipissing University||• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminal Justice (Legal Studies and Administration Stream or Policing Stream)|
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Legal Studies - Bridge|
|Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus||• Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Athabasca University||• Bachelor of Professional Arts - Governance, Law, and Management|
• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
|University of New Brunswick||• Bachelor of Applied Management (General Business)|
One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.
Currently under review:
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CSL200||Advanced Communication Skills for Legal Professionals||3|
|ICA001||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|LGL101||Introduction to Canada's Legal System||3|
|LGL116||Torts and Criminal Law||2|
|LXY121||Automated Law Office||3|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LXC212||Corporate and Commercial Law I||3|
|LXM211||Family Law I||3|
|LXR216||Real Estate I||3|
|LXY234||Legal Document Production I||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LXC312||Corporate and Commercial Law II||3|
|LXM322||Family Law II||3|
|LXR326||Computer Applications for Real Estate||2|
|LXR336||Real Estate Law II||3|
|LXY324||Legal Documents II||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|FPL330||Field Placement I|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LGL411||Legal Research and Writing||3|
|LXJ432||Debtor Creditor Law||4|
|LXY426||Legal Document Production III||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|FPL430||Field Placement II|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
|International Admissions Advisor:||Dannielle Torney
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
|Program Coordinator:||JoAnn Kurtz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22811
|Program Chair:||Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
“The Law Clerk program gave me a great deal of practical knowledge which I found very useful while I was doing my field placement. I was impressed with both the academic strength of the program and the excellent opportunities that students are given for networking with the legal community.”