Law Clerk

Program: LCLR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie (Fall, Winter), Owen Sound (Fall)


This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment as Law Clerks/Legal Assistants who are able to do work independently under the general supervision of a lawyer. Graduates are able to prepare wills, real estate transactions, court reports, affidavits, research records, court files and other legal documents. Law Clerks may appear before administrative tribunals and certain courts. This program may provide preparation for writing the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) examinations in Estates Law, Real Estate Law, Corporate Law and Civil Litigation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program are employed in legal offices (specialized and general practices), government offices (municipal, provincial, federal, boards/tribunals, court/registry, and legal aid) and in financial institutions, corporations, and insurance companies.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated 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 appearance;
  • utilize information technology resources and skills appropriately within the legal environment;
  • employ knowledge and substantive law within the role of the law clerk;
  • employ knowledge and 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;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake - Barrie

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

19 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
COMP 1003Microcomputer Applications
COMP 1012Introduction to Business Documentation
COMP 1048Introduction to Keyboarding
LAWS 1006Criminal Law
LAWS 1014Family Law 1
LAWS 1015Debtor and Creditor/Landlord and Tenant Law
LAWS 2032Estates Law
LAWS 2039Family Law 2
LAWS 2040Corporate and Commercial Law 1
LAWS 2041Corporate and Commercial Law 2
LAWS 2042Civil Litigation 1
LAWS 2043Civil Litigation 2
LAWS 2043Civil Litigation 2
LAWS 2044Real Estate Law 1
LAWS 2045Real Estate Law 2
LAWS 2046Law of Torts and Contracts
OFAD 1001Office Procedures and Strategies
OFAD 1004Introduction to Legal Office Administration
OFAD 2014Bookkeeping for the Office Professional
REAS 1001Foundations of Legal Research
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Field Placement
LAWS 2037Law Clerk Field Training

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.