Program: PARL
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie


In this program students acquire an understanding of the general principles of law, and gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in ethics and a small business practice. Taking the program prepares students to apply to become a licensed paralegal in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society Act. A licensed paralegal may be self–employed, offering fee for service legal assistance, without the supervision of a lawyer, or may be a salaried employee in various legal environments.

Career Opportunities

Paralegals can be employed in paralegal or law firms, government offices, legal clinics, or in private and public sector environments. Opportunities may also exist for entrepreneurs to become self-employed paralegals and offer services to the public.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • utilize the structures, processes, and jurisdictional authority of courts and administrative tribunals to successfully resolve disputes and appeals within the legal system;
  • assess situations to ensure adherence to the established principles of ethics and codes of conduct to develop professional competence;
  • select, evaluate and use effective advocacy techniques, including oral and written legal communications;
  • employ effective human relations, interpersonal, and intervention strategies to assist in resolving conflicts;
  • research, analyze and interpret legislation and examine judicial interpretation of legislation, and produce proper citations of provincial and federal statutes, regulations, and other legal resources;
  • develop a coherent case management strategy and execute it effectively to benefit clients;
  • collect, analyze and synthesize research for the purposes of legal drafting and representation;
  • identify and work within the limits of permitted practice and articulate limitations on representation for agents and paralegals;
  • utilize information technology resources and current industry computer software;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • examine the personal characteristics and circumstances associated with entrepreneurial success, from the perspective of a paralegal providing legal services to a client or a paralegal employee providing legal services within a law firm.

External Recognition

Paralegals in the Province of Ontario are required to be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

This program is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Graduates of the program may apply to the Law Society of Upper Canada for licensing as a paralegal. Please refer to the Law Society of Upper Canada website at for information regarding paralegal licensing for the Province of Ontario.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - Barrie

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018

Winter Intake - Barrie

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

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree; three years of post-secondary education is recommended 

Selection Process

Applicants must also submit a 500 word letter of intent explaining the reason for their interest in the program.

Note: College diploma level courses cannot be used towards exemptions in this program, as those courses are a requirement for admission to the program. Any requests for course exemptions must be based on equivalent courses completed at the Graduate Certificate level. Students with prior learning through academic, paid or volunteer experience may challenge courses through the College’s Prior Learning Assessment process.

Additional Information

The unpaid field training placement runs for the equivalent of four weeks following completion of third semester final exams. During field training placement, students will be exposed to areas within the permitted scope of paralegal practice while under the supervision of a licensee of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Working with a field training coordinator, students will secure field placement hosts.

Graduation Requirements

21 Mandatory Courses
1 Field Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
ACCN 1000Legal Accounting
CMPT 1000Legal Computer Applications
COMG 1001Communication/Writing
ETHS 1001Ethics and Professional Responsibility
LEGL 1000Administrative Law
LEGL 1001Alternative Dispute Resolution
LEGL 1002Advocacy
LEGL 1003Creditor and Debtor Law
LEGL 1004Criminal Summary Conviction Procedures
LEGL 1005Employment Law
LEGL 1006Evidence and the Litigation Process
LEGL 1007Immigration and Refugee Law
LEGL 1008Introduction to the Canadian Legal System
LEGL 1009Legal Research and Writing
LEGL 1010Practice Management/Operating a Small Business
LEGL 1011Provincial Offences/Motor Vehicle Offences
LEGL 1012Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
LEGL 1013Small Claims Court
LEGL 1014Torts and Contracts
LEGL 1015Tribunal Practice and Procedure
LEGL 1016WSIB/Insurance and Accident Benefits
Field Placement
LEGL 1017Field Training Placement

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