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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.

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