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Paralegal Certificate vs Diploma vs Degree: What's the Difference?

Mar 26, 2021 11:22:56 AM

Updated January 2023

Paralegals in Ontario have a unique opportunity to become licensed. Licensing allows them to represent clients independently in small claims court, tribunals, and specific criminal matters.

No other province gives paralegals such a broad scope of practice.

To get your licence, you need to complete an accredited paralegal studies program and pass an exam from the Law Society of Ontario. Accredited training options include paralegal certificates, diplomas, and bachelor's degree programs.

But how do you know which one to choose?

The key thing to note is that ALL accredited paralegal training programs prepare students for licensing. Any one of them can help you begin your career.

But there are important differences in how they do that.

In this post, we break down the main differences between a paralegal certificate, diploma, and degree. Find out how these credentials compare, and how you can select the learning path that's right for you.

6 Things to Know About Paralegal Training Before You Enrol

Dec 13, 2018 9:17:03 AM

Paralegal students at Herzing College Toronto participating in a mock trial

Updated January 2023

In our experience, paralegal training attracts a very specific kind of student. These people are analytical, hard-working, articulate, socially conscious, and driven to help others.

They have a strong sense of ethics and are genuinely fascinated by how our legal system works. We're talking about a special kind of person who believes in justice and wants to make legal services more available and affordable to Ontario residents.

Because that's exactly what paralegals do. So, what should you know about this training and career path before you take the leap and enrol in a program?

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