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Paralegal Program Outline

(Please note that programs may be changed or upgraded to meet the demands of industry without notice)

Core Legal Courses:

A. Constitutional & Administrative Law

  • Introduction to the Legal System   
  • Administrative Law

B. Practice Skills

  • Client Interviewing
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Evidence and the Litigation Process

C. Business Law 

  • Torts and Contracts
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Business Law

D. Practice before Provincial Courts

  • Criminal/Summary Conviction Procedure
  • Provincial Offences/ Motor Vehicle Law
  • Small Claims Court

E. Legal Advocacy

  • Legal Writing/Communication
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Computer Applications
  • Advocacy and Moot Court

F. Tribunal

  • Tribunal  Practice and Procedure
  • Immigration Law
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Law

G. Professional Practice

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Practice Management / Owning and Operating a Small Business
  • Legal Accounting

Workplace Skills:

Student Success Strategies

  • Emphasis is places on thinking about achieving success from day one, and developing the non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic and career success.
  • Goal setting; time management and planning; money management.
  • Learning styles; memory techniques and note taking; tests and writing techniques

Career and Employment Strategies

  • This module looks at the planning, preparation, execution and follow-up stages of an interview.
  • Employer expectations; focusing on the right job; effective resume preparation.
  • Individual counselling and coaching; handling objections; job search management.
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem building; mock interviews.

Computer Fundamentals with Keyboarding

  • Introduction to computer operations, operating system basics, disk structures and keyboarding.
  • Basic computer hardware operation; information sharing and customization.
  • Windows graphical user interface; basic touch-typing techniques (alphanumeric keyboard)
  • Effective file management

Microsoft Word  

  • Process and edit text; create letters, envelopes and labels; use editing and writing tools.
  • Use editing and writing tools; use character, paragraph and page formatting features.
  • Practical workplace applications; sections, page numbers, headers and footers.
  • Create and format tables; insert, size and position graphics; use style and templates; work with columns

Microsoft Excel  

  • Create, print and modify workbooks;
  • Calculate with formulas and functions; work with ranges; sort data;
  • Create and format charts; format worksheet text and values.

Bookkeeping  

  • Analyzing and recording business transactions using double-entry bookkeeping
  • Adjusting and recording journal entries; general ledger; preparation of basic financial statements;
  • Fundamental accounting principles; chart of accounts; assets, liabilities, equities; debits and credits;