Updated October 2022
Paralegals in Ontario enjoy a broader scope of practice than their peers in other provinces.
They are allowed to represent clients in small claims court and before various administrative tribunals—and often set up private practices that specialize in certain areas of the law (such as landlord-tenant disputes, immigration services, and disability appeals).
In order to regulate the expanding paralegal profession, and maintain high standards of professional practice, the Law Society of Ontario requires all would-be paralegals to complete a rigorous licensing process.
What exactly does this process entail? Here are five facts students should know about preparing for and successfully earning a paralegal license.