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    Law Clerk

Program Code:LCK
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. 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.

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).


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • 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.

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.


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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.


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).

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. 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):


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)


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


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)

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Currently under review:


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

Contact Us

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

Diyana Karunaratne
2009 Graduate

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