2 years
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

About this program

Law Clerk

In the two-year Law Clerk Ontario College Diploma program, you study a broad range of legal topics and processes to prepare you for a career as a legal assistant or law clerk.

This program prepares you for administrative work in an office environment where you work independently under the general direction of a lawyer, or as part of a legal services team. Learn from dedicated faculty who ensure that your skills surpass industry standards.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess excellent interpersonal and human relations skills.
  • Are organized, detail-oriented and flexible.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Have a strong literacy and communications background.
  • Have a high standard of ethics.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • English Fundamentals
  • Ethics: What Is the Big Deal?
  • Torts and Contracts
  • Legal Fundamentals for Law Clerks
  • Legal Research I
  • Legal Computer Applications I

Level: 02

  • Communications I
  • Civil Procedures I
  • Residential Tenancies and Commercial Leasing
  • Legal Research II
  • Legal Computer Applications II

Level: 03

  • Real Estate Procedures
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Computer Applications III and Evidentiary Management
  • Family Law
  • Civil Procedures II

Level: 04

  • Legal Accounting
  • Administrative and Federal Court Practice
  • Civil Procedures III
  • Estate Administration and Procedures

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing.
  • Complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment.
  • Use current and relevant electronic and print resources, within the legal environment, to conduct legal research, to assist with file and evidentiary management, to facilitate communication and generate legal documentation, complying with current regulations and procedures.
  • Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team.
  • Apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices.
  • Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments.
  • Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk.
  • Act equitably and justly with diverse populations.
  • Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates have the skills and flexibility to apply their knowledge in a variety of entry-level law clerk positions within law offices, corporations, government legal departments and agencies, financial institutions, court and registry offices.

The descriptions of legal skills, responsibilities, and settings indicate the abilities and environment in which the graduate may generally work and are not intended to imply that the law clerk is practising law.

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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