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.