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Should You Become a Paralegal or a Law Clerk? 5 Key Differences

Apr 9, 2020 9:27:00 AM

Updated May, 2021.

Toronto is an excellent place to start a legal career. The city is a major hub for law firms, lobby groups, community organizations and businesses, offering a wide range of employment options for a variety of legal professionals. 

Becoming a lawyer is not your only option. Toronto is full of successful paralegals, law clerks, legal assistants, and immigration consultants. 

Which path should you choose? 

In this post, we’re breaking down the main differences between two very popular professions: paralegal and law clerk (or legal assistant). 

Understand what these roles entail, and key distinctions between training requirements, job descriptions, where you can work, and licensing rules. 

Get a clearer idea of which legal career is right for you and exactly how to get started. 

Is a Paralegal Career Right For You? Answer These 6 Questions

Jan 22, 2019 12:18:25 PM

Everyone wants to find a career that is both professionally and personally rewarding. We all want to strike that perfect balance between financially stability, and feeling inspired to go to work each day.

This is what motivates us to seek out training, find our "tribe", and apply for jobs that deliver a sense of meaning along with a steady paycheck.

If you're considering a paralegal career, you're probably aiming for that very same goal. As you flip through program brochures, or talk to people you know in the legal field, you're thinking about whether this is truly your ideal path.

Paralegal Career Tips: 5 Keys to a Successful Client Interview

Dec 4, 2017 1:05:13 PM

Whether you open your own paralegal practice, or work under a supervising attorney, conducting client interviews will be a key part of your paralegal career.

Solid interviewing skills are crucial for several reasons. The way you prepare for and conduct each interview influences the quality of information you gather, the trust you instill in clients—and even the likelihood of earning good recommendations and referrals.

6 Traits of Successful Paralegals: Is This Career Path For You?

Sep 3, 2017 12:34:11 PM

In Ontario, the paralegal profession is very attractive to students who are naturally interested in the law, motivated to help others—and perhaps have dreams of launching their own legal practice.

But other than the drive to make a difference, and an interest in our legal system, what else should students consider before choosing this training path? What other attributes, characteristics, and skills will they need to actually be successful as paralegals?

Small Claims Cases You Could Handle as a Paralegal in Ontario

Nov 30, 2016 8:45:20 AM
Paralegal students at Herzing College Toronto conduct a mock trial

Paralegals in Ontario are non-lawyer agents who are licensed to provide certain legal services to members of the public. Paralegals can handle quite a broad range of legal matters, making this career path particularly challenging and rewarding.

According to market research conducted by the Canadian government, demand for paralegal services has increased significantly in recent years, driven by good economic growth and constant changes in legislation and related regulations.

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