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Top 7 Paralegal Myths and Facts: Guide for New Students

Sep 8, 2021 11:56:51 AM

You may be aware that paralegals have a special status in Ontario.

Unlike their peers in other areas of Canada, paralegals in Ontario can earn a license and represent clients independently. They have a high degree of autonomy and a broad scope of practice.

But there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about paralegal training, duties, and career options. Before you head down this path, you need to make sure you understand the facts about the profession.

In this post, we explain the reality behind 7 of the biggest myths about paralegals.

Read on to get a true picture of the role and see if it’s right for you.

Are Paralegals in Demand? Latest Career & Salary Info for Ontario

Jul 19, 2021 9:58:43 AM

If you're thinking about becoming a paralegal, you probably have two key questions: what is the job market like and how much money can you expect to earn?

Unlike most regions of Canada, Ontario allows paralegals to become licensed and independently represent clients in certain legal matters.

That opens up a broad range of career opportunities, including starting your own practice.

But before you head down this path, you should know if paralegals are in demand and how much they typically make.

That's what this post is all about. We provide the latest paralegal job outlook and salary information for Ontario.

We also describe different career paths that paralegal program graduates can take in this province.

Here are the facts you need to make an informed decision about your future.

What Exactly Do You Learn in Paralegal Studies?

Mar 9, 2021 1:12:43 PM

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.

Paralegal Training at Herzing: Meet the Instructor, Tour the Program

Feb 11, 2021 11:57:51 AM

Photo: Ilya Medovikov, Paralegal program instructor at Herzing College Ottawa

Considering becoming a paralegal and have questions about training and careers? You've come to the right place.

This week, we interviewed Ilya Medovikov, Crown attorney for the government of Canada and Paralegal instructor at Herzing College.

We asked Ilya to give us a tour of the program, and answer some of the frequently asked questions we get from applicants.

He shared some excellent career advice, plus a detailed inside-look at the classroom experience at Herzing.

Read on to meet the instructor, find out what to expect in class, and see if Paralegal training is right for you.

What is a Paralegal? Job Description, Careers, Training Requirements

Feb 4, 2021 9:58:00 AM

The first thing to know about paralegals is that the job description varies depending on where you live—and whether you are licensed.  

In Ontario, paralegals can pass a licensing exam that allows them to represent clients independently (like a lawyer) for certain legal matters. 

Ontario is one of the few regions in Canada where paralegals have this option.

A licensed paralegal in Ontario can start their own private legal practice. They can represent clients in small claims court, traffic court, tribunals and for certain criminal matters. 

In other parts of Canada, paralegals do not have the option to obtain a license and operate independently. Instead, their role is to support lawyers—as legal assistants or law clerks. 

Ontario paralegals have a choice. They can decide to get licensed and represent clients independently. Or, they can become legal assistants (which does not require a license).  It all depends on your career goals. 

In this post, we’ll walk you through the job descriptions of licensed paralegals and legal assistants, and the training required to get started in this field. 

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

Apr 9, 2020 9:27:00 AM

Updated June, 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. 

Paralegal Versus Lawyer: 7 Main Differences New Students Should Know

Feb 19, 2020 2:21:18 PM

If you live in Ontario, you probably know that paralegals have a special status in the province, which they don’t have anywhere else in Canada. 

In Ontario, paralegals can actually represent clients independently (just like a lawyer does) for certain legal matters. 

They can set up a private practice, specialize in a certain area of law, and in some cases, advocate for clients in court. 

However, paralegals must operate within certain limits. They can’t do everything a lawyer can...and there are several important differences between these two career paths. 

My Review of Herzing's Paralegal Program

Nov 11, 2019 1:04:05 PM

Majeeda Khan graduated from the Paralegal program in 2017, and now works at Smart & Biggar as a legal assistant in the litigation department

Majeeda had graduated from university, and was working in retail, when she decided she needed a new career plan. She wasn't finding work in her field of study, and wanted a job that would be challenging, interesting, and truly helpful to others.

That's when she paid a visit to the Herzing Ottawa campus in the St. Laurent mall, and began asking about available training programs. She'd never even considered becoming a paralegal, but after looking into the field, she realized it was a perfect fit for her natural skills and professional goals.

After that, everything fell into place.

We chatted with Majeeda this week to get her opinion of the Paralegal program, and see what she's up to now. Turns out she is working at the biggest, most successful intellectual property law firm in Canada!

This is such a great success story. Read on for all the details.

My Experience in Herzing's Paralegal Program

Sep 3, 2019 1:01:49 PM

Photo: Sadique Alexander graduated from the Paralegal Program at Herzing College Toronto in March, 2019.

There's no doubt about it: Paralegal has become a massively popular career path in Ontario. There are many colleges offering diplomas, and many job options to choose from.

You can join a law firm, start your own practice, choose an area of law that really inspires you...and best of all, help people in need of affordable legal services. But is becoming a paralegal right for you?

If you've been thinking about Paralegal training, but aren't sure about taking the next step, your best bet is to talk with someone who's recently completed the program.

6 Things to Know About Paralegal Training Before You Enroll

Dec 13, 2018 9:17:03 AM

Paralegal students at Herzing College Toronto participating in a mock trial

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 enroll in a program?

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