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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. 

Paralegal Job Opportunities: Where Can You Work After College?

Sep 8, 2020 10:41:53 AM

Updated December, 2020.

Paralegals enjoy a wide range of job opportunities in Ontario. Ontario is one of the only provinces in Canada where licensed paralegals can represent clients in court for certain legal matters. 

This opens up a lot of different career paths in both the private and public sector. Plus, a skilled paralegal can also work as a law clerk or legal assistant, with options to specialize in many different areas of law. 

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. 

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 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.

Want to Become a Paralegal? Your First 5 Steps

Jun 7, 2019 3:30:36 PM

Over the last few years, paralegal has become a very popular career choice in Ontario. There are a few reasons for this. One, there's the special status of paralegals in Ontario—which means they can represent clients in court for certain matters, and run their own practices.

Two, when you compare to law school, you can become a paralegal and start your career quite quickly. Admission requirements for paralegal programs are fairly simple, and the training itself takes just 1-2 years to complete.

Paralegal Skills List: What You'll Need to Compete

Mar 8, 2019 3:36:21 PM

Ontario is an ideal place to become a paralegal. Because of the special status of paralegals in Ontario, you have more career options than anywhere else in the country.

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.

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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