Paralegal, Short Course | Algonquin College | Ottawa, Canada
10 months
2440 CAD/year
2440 CAD/year
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This one year Ontario College Paralegal program at Algonquin College, offered in three consecutive semesters, prepares graduates to apply to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to become licensed paralegals. 


Paralegal at Algonquin College are non-lawyers providing legal services in specified areas of practice to the public for a fee. The type of work that a licensed paralegal can perform is governed by the LSO, and this program is restricted to those areas of law.

Learning outcomes

Students learn about case management and trial preparation in areas such as small claims court proceedings, provincial offences and summary conviction matters, as well as proceedings before administrative tribunals. An emphasis is placed on ethics and professional responsibility issues, and the requirements of running a firm and reporting to clients. Students acquire practical skills in a hands-on environment in preparation for becoming licensed paralegals, and gain valuable applied experience in practice management, case management, and ethical and professional responsibility matters through participation in a mandatory, unpaid field placement, which occurs at the end of the course work portion of the final term.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Law and Legal Relationships
  • Legal Drafting and Communications
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Administrative Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree; OR
  • A combination of post-secondary education and a minimum of three (3) years of related work experience.
  • Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume, references and a letter of application outlining relevant work experience.
  • Meeting the minimum stated admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program. Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available spaces, applicants will be ranked based on a review of their post-secondary credential.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2440 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1220 CAD per semester during 10 months.
  • National

    2440 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1220 CAD per semester during 10 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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