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Program overview
4 semesters
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program


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 Upper Canada accredits this program.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent

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

Is it for you?

If you’re drawn to the law, you can begin a rewarding career as a licensed paralegal in as little as two years. Successful candidates have:

  • An analytical mind
  • The ability to see problems from different perspectives
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A desire to help others

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • Building Links 1
  • Foundations of Writing for Paralegals
  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Legal Communication
  • Legal Computer Applications
  • Legal Research & Writing 1
  • Torts and Contracts

First Year - Semester Two

  • Building Links 2
  • Criminal Summary Conviction Procedures
  • Employment Law
  • Ethics - Professional Responsibility
  • Evidence & the Litigation Process
  • Legal Research & Writing 2
  • Paralegal Career Prep

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Building Links 3
  • Introduction to Administrative Law
  • Legal Accounting
  • Paralegal Practicum 1
  • Practice Management - Operating a Small Business
  • Provincial Offences/Motor Vehicle Offence
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Law

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Advocacy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Building Links 4
  • Paralegal Practicum 2
  • Small Claims Court
  • Tribunal Practice and Procedure

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Experiential learning

Students prepare for the full scope of practice of a licensed paralegal in Ontario through a blend of classroom instruction and practical experience that includes:

  • Training in substantive law and legal procedures.
  • An emphasis on ethical conduct and professional responsibilities.
  • Observing the courts during two practicums, and participating in a mock trial in either the Ontario Court of Justice or the Superior Court of Justice where each student is assigned the role of a legal representative.

Apply your learning on the job during a field placement in your second year. Loyalist students have completed placements with:

  • Provincial Offences Prosecutor’s office
  • Federal Department of Justice
  • Private law firms
  • Paralegal firms
  • Community legal clinics
  • Government legal departments
  • Crown Attorneys’ offices (criminal)


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
  • Total: $4,184.08


Credential: Two-year Ontario College Diploma

Career paths

Find your career

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.

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Loyalist College 

Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, economic, cluster-based applied programs and research that provide career-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community....

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Why study at Loyalist College

In a world obsessed with big, we are small.

Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance.

Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming.

We are Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology.

We are small.

Contact info

Loyalist College

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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