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    Law Clerk

Program Code:LCK
Campus:Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

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.

You will use your well-developed literacy skills in every course as you interpret detailed instructions, both verbal and written, and prepare a variety of legal documents and letters. Your fluency in English is critical for your success and there is a high focus on communicating effectively from the beginning of your program to graduation.

Areas of concentration include Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial Law and Litigation.

Field Placement

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. With the support and assistance of the School's faculty and staff, you will play an active role in securing your placement.

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

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their academic background: grades, number of completed credits and relevance to the program.
  • Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
    • Grade 11 Canadian History and Politics Since 1945
    • High degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m.

Fees

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Your Career

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.

Articulation

Graduates of the Law Clerk program at Seneca College, who have achieved a 3.0 GPA, may be eligible to receive 24 transfer credits from York University's Law and Society program and enter this program in year two.

Professional Accreditation

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).

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Toronto

University/CollegeDegrees Available
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 Major)

Ontario

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Arts in a related field
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

Canada

University/CollegeDegrees Available
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)

Important Academic Dates

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Curriculum

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CSL200 Advanced Communication Skills for Legal Professionals 3
EAC150 College English 3
LGL101 Introduction to Canada's Legal System 3
LGL112 Contracts 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
LXD212 Litigation I 4
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
LXD311 Litigation 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
LXE411 Estates 3
LXJ432 Debtor Creditor Law 4
LXY426 Legal Document Production III 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
FPL430 Field Placement II

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Communication Skills for Legal Professionals
College English
Introduction to Canada's Legal System
Contracts and Torts
The Automated Law Office
 
Semester 2
Corporate Commercial Law I
Litigation I
Family Law I
Real Estate I
Legal Document Production I
General Education Option
 
Semester 3
Corporate and Commercial Law II
Litigation II
Family Law II
Computer Applications for Real Estate
Real Estate II
Legal Document Production II
General Education Option
Field Placement
 
Semester 4
Legal Research and Writing
Estates
Debtor Creditor Law
Legal Documents III
General Education Option
Field Placement II

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
Email: admissions@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Email: Ida.Yee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Email: Randy.Ramnanan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: JoAnn Kurtz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22811
Email: Joann.Kurtz@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
Email: Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca
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