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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
  • Major Paper

C. Business Law 

  • Torts and Contracts
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law​

D. Practice before Provincial Courts

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

E. Legal Advocacy

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Computer Applications
  • Advocacy
  • Business Communication

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.

Microsoft Word  Level 1 and Level 2

  • Enter, edit, and format text to create professional letters, resumes, reports, and research documents
  • Apply advanced features: section breaks, footnotes, page numbering, table of contents
  • Create and format tables
  • Use styles and templates
  • Insert, size, format, and position pictures
  • Use mail merge to generate form letters and mailing labels
  • Create newsletters with pull-quotes and graphics
  • Create online forms, hyperlinks, and macros

Microsoft Excel Level 1

  • Create, print and modify workbooks
  • Format worksheet text and values
  • Perform calculations using formulas and functions
  • Create and format charts
  • Work with ranges