Ontario is the only province in Canada that offers paralegals the chance to become licensed and practice independently in certain areas of law.
That's no minor thing. Being licensed means you can represent clients on your own before tribunals, in small claims court, and in certain criminal matters.
You can also conduct legal research, participate in hearings, prepare legal documents, take depositions and affidavits, and give legal advice.
To earn a paralegal license from the Law Society of Ontario, you have to graduate from an accredited paralegal studies program and pass the licensing exam.
There are different types of programs, including diplomas, certificates, and bachelor's degrees. Lengths vary from 1-4 years.
In this post, we focus on the fastest route to becoming a licensed paralegal—a paralegal diploma program.
So what exactly will you learn in a paralegal studies diploma? What specific knowledge and skills can you expect to gain?
Let's check out the details.