Ontario College Diploma in Law Clerk Curriculum
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing.
- Complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment.
- Use current & relevant electronic & print resources, within the legal environment, to conduct legal research, to assist with file and evidentiary management, to facilitate communication & generate legal documentation, complying with current....
- Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team.
- Apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices.
- Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
- Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments.
- Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk.
- Act equitably and justly with diverse populations.
- Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.
Courses and Descriptions
Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.
This course provides an introduction to the democratic system of governance in Canada. It includes a description of the organization, structure, interaction, and administration of the three (3) levels of government. The course will introduce and identify the daily problems and issues faced by Canadians in a political context, including public opinion and special interest groups. Major themes explored include a brief introduction to political beliefs and values, an examination of cleavages within the Canadian population, the Canadian constitution, nationalism, and political culture and spectrum. These concepts will be examined in the current forum of the daily politics that unfold during the course. Students will begin to develop research writing skills and group discussion skills.
This course provides an introductory overview of the Canadian Justice System. Special emphasis is placed on the criminal, civil and administrative justice systems. Contemporary issues affecting the systems will be analysed and discussed. Topics covered will include but not be limited to: an introduction to the nature of the law, the legal system, the court system, the legal profession and legal ethics, the Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, statutory interpretation, the role of the common law.
This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it can help us understand everyday life. Thinking sociologically involves challenging common assumptions about our world and seeing the connections between our individual experiences and the larger social context in which they occur. In so doing, we recognize our role in creating the social world, how it affects who we are and how we live, and our potential to change it. Students must complete one hour of self-directed learning per week to successfully complete this course.
This introductory course develops a set of generic skills, that support studies at a post-secondary level and provide a foundation for the student's career success.
This course prepares students to use technology efficiently and effectively in college and workplace environments. Topics include Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook), myCampus Portal, D2L, Internet, file management, collaboration tools, LinkedIn, and various social media platforms as they relate to professionalism in the field of Human Services. Course content is delivered through in-class labs using lecture, guided instruction, discussions, and hands-on activities, and through online self-directed learning (SDL) tutorials, articles and activities. Students will improve their technology skills and build a professional online image.
This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.
This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.
This is an introductory course in accounting. The course explores the basics of accounting using an interactive and tactile approach. Accounting topics will consider transactions relating to personal, business and corporate accounts. Special emphasis will be given to trust accounts, cash control and bank reconciliations. Topics will be discussed within the context of the legal environment. The accounting will be supplemented with a simulation using P.C. Law Jr.
Business people and consumers in Ontario are affected by a broad spectrum of federal, provincial and municipal laws and a variety of court-created legal principles. This course serves as an introduction to business and consumer law.
This course introduces the student to the litigation process. Emphasis is on both criminal and civil proceedings with an emphasis on minor criminal matters and tort cases. The student will learn how to assess a potential litigation matter and learn how to apply the principles taught in taking a litigation case from inception to completion.
This course will provide a practical introduction to legal research, using case reports, statutes, regulations, and legal texts. Effective communication of research results will be developed through practice writing case briefs, statutory summaries, report letters, and legal memoranda.
A solid understanding of Property Law Concepts is integral as it forms the basis for many other areas of law. In this course, students will be introduced to the various forms of property ownership in Ontario and the legal restrictions on property rights. They will also study the most important pieces of legislation affecting real property in Ontario. This course is not designed to provide the student with skills related to title searching or property transfers.
The fundamentals of MS Word, PC Law, will be applied to a variety of documents commonly used in a legal office environment. While the course focuses on an introduction to word processing concepts, legal documents such as legal correspondence and memorandum, court documents and other documentation will form the basis of the content. Students will also be provided with access and content information related to legal documentation web sites.
In this course students will critically examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequalities such as race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, in various social settings. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and learn how to apply possible strategies and practices to their professional and personal lives.
All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.
Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.
Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.
You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.
In order to obtain the Indigenous Perspectives Designation, students must choose GNED128 as their Gen Ed Elective.
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of trial advocacy in the Canadian judicial system. Students will develop the basic skills and techniques necessary for the effective presentation of a client's case in the adversarial system of justice. There are simulated court assignments culminating in a trial, aimed at providing a hands-on opportunity to practise and demonstrate an understanding of the skills and concepts of the course. The course will include attendance at court to observe practices and procedures of court as found under the Courts of Justice Act.
- Introduction to Canadian Justice for Legal Professions (LAWS 245)
- Introduction to Litigation (LAWS 45)
- Legal Research and Writing (LAWS 53)
Alternative Dispute Resolution is increasingly becoming an integral part of our judicial system as an alternative to litigation. In this course, students will learn principles of mediation and arbitration both in a voluntary context and in situations where it is mandated by law. Students will study the objectives and practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution and the context in which they are most effective.
This course provides an overview of basic criminal law concepts with an emphasis on summary conviction offences. A detailed study of procedural steps and tactics of importance to the defence of accused persons will also be discussed.
In this course, students will examine the use of evidence in court cases, including statutory and common-law limits on the use of various forms of information that could affect the decision-making process of Canadian courts and administrative tribunals. Students will examine the functions of investigators, advocates, judges, and juries in the presentation and processing of evidence.
This course is intended assist students with seeking and preparing for their field placement experience in fourth semester. Students will increase the knowledge, insight, and understanding of their options for placement within the legal environment. Emphasis will be given to cover letter, resume and portfolio preparation. The student will be also introduced to interview skills.
This is an introductory course to Small Claims Court, a part of the Superior Court of Justice that deals with monetary jurisdiction up to $25,000. In this course, students will explore the role of the LSUC Rules & Procedures related to the Paralegal/client relationship. Students will develop an understanding of how civil procedures apply to Small Claims Court and the relevant rules. Students will develop an understanding of the commencement and defence of proceeding, rules regarding pleadings, the ability to draft pleadings/motions/offers to settle and serve documents within the required time lines. Students will develop an understanding of pre-trial conferences and costs.
This course examines landlord and tenant relations, rent review, and the procedures involved in protecting and enforcing the rights of both landlords and tenants.
This course introduces the student to routines and procedures most often performed in the legal office setting. Emphasis will be given to opening/closing/preparing client files, file retention, legal record keeping, docketing, billing, and statements of accounts. There will be instruction in alphabetic, numeric, subject and geographic filing as well as file management both manually and electronically. The student is also introduced to telephone and reception techniques, handling incoming and outgoing mail including email and faxes. The student will have the opportunity to continue to use their written and oral communication skills while drafting, editing and processing communications typically found in the legal setting.
This course builds on the knowledge acquired in Civil Procedure I and is designed to provide a practical introduction to the final stages of the civil litigation process: from the close of pleadings to the commencement of trial. The course will provide an overview of the various routes for obtaining judgement without trial and will emphasise particularly the discovery process and the role of a legal assistant in those processes. These processes will be studied from a perspective of the procedural steps, the time frame, and the documents for each process.
Real property ownership in Ontario is subject to a myriad of legislative provisions that affect virtually every property transaction in the province. Students will learn the fundamentals of property registration systems. The importance of surveys, zoning, tax considerations, and other matters of concern to individuals purchasing property interests will be examined in detail. The teraview training system will be explored and the student will be proficient at searching and registering in this system.
As a practical introduction to the various forms of business organization, this course will be a hands-on introduction to the documents and steps involved in creating and carrying on business as: a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited partnership, and a corporation.
In this course, students will explore professional conduct issues in Ontario's legal environment. Particular emphasis will be placed on the legal and ethical obligations to the Law Society of Upper Canada to the client within the context of a Law Clerk's role.
This course provides an overview of law affecting families and children. Particular emphasis will be placed on the legal implications of family breakdown.
The fourth semester field placement experience enables Law Clerk students to integrate and complement their classroom knowledge with a practical learning experience in a legal setting of their choice. Law Clerk placement consists of 100 hours. It is viewed as an integral, core coponent of the program's curriculum.
- Introduction to Canadian Justice for Legal Professions (LAWS 245)
- Accounting in the Legal Environment (ACCT 45)
- Business and Contract Law in the Legal Profession (LAWS 207)
- Introduction to Litigation (LAWS 45)
- Legal Research and Writing (LAWS 53)
- Property Law Concepts in Ontario (LAWS 47)
- Word Processing in the Legal Environment (COMP 99)
Using database software specifically designed for the legal community, as well as templated documents students will produce a variety of documents commonly found in the legal environment. These documents will be formatted, using word processing software, in accordance with the applicable legal formatting rules.
This course provides students with an overview of the law of estates and an understanding of the court process. Particular emphasis will be placed on the principles of will drafting and the procedural requirements in estate administration.