About this Program
Level: Diploma in Paralegal
Discpline: Legal Education
Length: 4 semestersCheck My Eligibility
Belleville Campus Campus
Many people are overwhelmed by the justice system and the cost of legal representation. Paralegals help their clients navigate through the process and answer key questions. Licensed paralegals can also represent their clients in court. The Law Society of Ontario accredits this program. The Law Society of Ontario must license anyone providing legal representation in Ontario. Thanks to a diploma from Loyalist, graduates are qualified to apply for a Class P1 licence, which opens doors to: Fee-for-service advocate, representing clients in Criminal Court, Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court or before administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board. Provincial offence prosecutors, paralegals in federal and provincial government legal departments, legal assistants in law offices and community legal clinics and court administration support staff. A junior paralegal working in government earns a starting salary of approximately $45,000 to $48,000. Be part of a legal team supporting lawyers dealing with complex issues and cases, in-house client services within government ministries, administrative agencies, private corporations, trade unions and professional associations.
Study and Work in Canada
Full-time undergraduate and post-graduate international students can work anywhere on or off campus without a work permit. The rules around the number of hours a student will be allowed to work may vary based on the country the student chooses to study in. International students are typically able to work up to 20 hours a week.