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Mississauga Paralegal Open House

Posted on December 9th, 2016 - Written by: Canadian Business College

Paralegals are an important part of the Canadian Law system. If you’re a hard-working and motivated individual with an interest in the law, then you owe it to yourself to learn how becoming a paralegal can help you make a serious difference.

Canadian Business College’s Mississauga campus is having a Paralegal open-house to socialize and help answer your questions. Located at 77 City Centre Drive, Suite 600, we are hosting multiple times for you to come visit. The open house is on Thursday December 15th of 2016, with times available from 11:00am to 12:30pm and from 5:00pm until 6:30pm.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy complimentary refreshments as you learn more about the exciting opportunities open to you as a paralegal.

Attending is completely FREE! To register, just call us at 905-279-9929 or email Navid Nazhand at nnazhand@canadianbusinesscollege.com

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What are the Differences Between a Paralegal And A Law Clerk? Why Choose One Over The Other?

Posted on November 19th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business College Paralegal Law Clerk

Paralegal or Law Clerk? Which Career Path to Choose and Why

So you’ve identified the legal field as an area of growth and opportunity and have made the decision that you want in…excellent! Step one complete.

If going the way of law school isn’t quite right for you, step two can be considerably more difficult. That is, choosing a profession within the legal industry that aligns with your specific career goals and objectives. Like many Ontario residents who have faced this conundrum, it often boils down to choosing between a career as a Paralegal or a Law Clerk.

As there is often confusion in terms of what Paralegals and Law Clerks can and can’t do, it’s important to understand the roles and responsibilities of each, as well as the academic paths required to get there.

 

What’s really the difference between Paralegals and Law Clerks?

While the duties and responsibilities of Paralegals and Law Clerks do at times overlap, the roles they play are in fact very different. One key difference is that Paralegals are able to provide legal advice and represent clients before criminal and civil courts and certain tribunals. Law Clerks cannot.

The question you have to ask is what’s driving your decision. If having more responsibility is important to you, choosing a career as a Paralegal is the way to go. On the other hand, if securing a good job opportunity as quickly as possible outweighs the responsibility granted to Paralegals, choosing the path of a Law clerk is recommended as there are a greater number of entry level opportunities available.

While the prospect of securing a job immediately may be tempting for some, it’s important to consider the scope of each field. “Paralegals are able to do the job of a Law Clerk, and could have the title of Law Clerk, but a Law Clerk would have to go back to school to upgrade their degree in order to be at the same level and have the responsibilities as a Paralegal,” states Jeffrey Nicholson, Canadian Business College’s In-House Counsel and Faculty of Law Director. “In some ways, a Paralegal is basically an upgraded version of a Law Clerk.”

While there is more upside in terms of responsibility, both Paralegals and Law Clerks require a solid foundation and breadth of legal knowledge and must have the ability to conduct effective legal research. Paralegals have been known to take additional Law Clerk courses with the objective expanding their knowledge base.

 

Paralegal and Law Clerk training at Canadian Business College

Canadian Business College’s award-winning Paralegal program includes 46 academic weeks and a 120 hour internship arranged by the college. The program is accredited by The Law Society of Upper Canada  and graduates are eligible to write the LSUC Paralegal Licensing Exam upon completion of their program. For more information on the Paralegal program, please click here.

The Law Clerk program offered at Canadian Business College was developed in partnership with Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO). Like the Paralegal program, it’s 46 academic weeks in duration and includes a 120 hour internship arranged by the college. Graduates of are eligible to write the ILCO Estates, Corporate, Real Estate and Litigation exams. For more information on the Law Clerk program, click here.

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Register for CBC’s Paralegal Licensing Exam Prep Course

Posted on August 31st, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business College Paralegal Prep Course

In preparation for the LSUC Paralegal Licensing Exam on October 31, 2015, Canadian Business College will once again offer its licensing examination prep course. The course is open to Canadian Business College Paralegal students and alumni, as well as Paralegal graduates from other institutions eligible to write the exam.

The course will be delivered in 6 separate sessions. Specific dates include:

  • Friday September 11, 2015 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday September 18, 2015 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday September 25, 2015 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday October 2, 2015 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday October 9, 2015 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday October 16, 2015 9:30am – 5:00pm (Mock Examination)

The cost of the course is $100 for Canadian Business College students and alumni and $175 for non-CBC graduates. The deadline to register is Thursday September 10, 2015.

The course will be held at CBC’s Toronto Campus located at 2 Bloor Street West, 22nd Floor (corner of Yonge & Bloor). For directions, please click here.

Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can pay for the course by credit card, debit card or cash, however please note that payment must be received prior to the start of the first session.

If you’re interested in attending, please email studentservices@canadianbusinesscollege.com today!

Good luck to all!

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LSUC Paralegal Licensing Exam Prep Course

Posted on July 9th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business College Paralegal Prep Course

In preparation for the LSUC Paralegal Licensing Exam in August, Canadian Business College is very pleased to once again offer its licensing examination prep course. The course is open to Canadian Business College Paralegal students and alumni, as well as Paralegal graduates from other institutions eligible to write the exam.

The course will be delivered in 5 separate sessions. Specific dates include:

  • Friday July 17, 2015 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Friday July 24, 2015 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Friday July 31, 2015 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Friday August 7, 2015 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Friday August 14, 2015 8:00am – 4:00pm

The cost of the course is $100 for Canadian Business College students and alumni and $175 for non-CBC graduates. The deadline to register is Thursday July 16, 2015.

The course will be held at CBC’s Toronto Campus located at 2 Bloor Street West, 22nd Floor (corner of Yonge & Bloor). For directions, please click here.

Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can pay for the course by credit card, debit card or cash, however please note that payment must be received prior to the start of the first session.

If you’re interested in attending, please email studentservices@canadianbusinesscollege.com today!

Best of luck to everyone writing!

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Canadian Business College Aims for Back-to-Back Paralegal Cup Wins

Posted on October 21st, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business Paralegal CupWith the 2nd annual Paralegal Cup just around the corner, Canadian Business College is extremely excited to defend the title it won at last year’s inaugural competition. Hosted by the Ontario Paralegal Association (formerly the Paralegal Society of Ontario), the 2014 Paralegal Cup promises to be even more exciting as participating colleges have a more acute understanding of the competition and competitors, having all gone through the proverbial wringer last year.

This year’s competition will be held on November 1-2, 2014, and just like last year, will take place at Humber College – Lakeshore Campus.

A dark horse in 2013, CBC’s 2014 Paralegal Cup entries know the competition will come out swinging hard and fast. Coached once again by Faculty of Law Director, Jeffrey Nicholson, the resolve and determination to retain the cup, not to mention intercollegiate bragging rights, has the CBC team extremely motivated. This motivation was recently on display at the college’s own internal moot court competition, where current paralegal program students duked it out for the opportunity to represent the college at the upcoming Paralegal Cup.

For a quick recap of last year’s win, check out the following articles:

The Lawyer’s Weekly First paralegal moot more than an exercise

Study MagazineCanadian Business College Students Win

Paralegal Scope MagazineCanadian Business College Wins Moot

If you’re in the area, come on out and support the CBC team! Full event details can be found here. Let’s make it two in a row!

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CBC Paralegal Licensing Exam Prep Sessions Announced

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Hey all of you eligible paralegal graduates…

Canadian Business College is happy to announce the next Law Society of Upper Canada paralegal licensing exam Prep Sessions. The sessions for the August exam will be held on Friday August 1st and Friday August 8th at the Toronto campus, and on Saturday August 2nd and Saturday August 9th at the Mississauga campus. Once again, the session will be open to CBC grads as well as graduates of other colleges.

Jeffrey Nicholson, In-House Counsel and Director of the Faculty of Law explains that, “the prep sessions benefit the entire profession, and reflects well on CBC if students are achieving success at the exam. Even if students didn’t attend our College, we enjoy playing a part in their success.”

The sessions are hosted by Chris Holmes, a licensed paralegal and member of the Law Society, and a graduate of Canada Business College. The first session is a preparatory session, with an exhaustive review of the materials, and the second session entails a full practice test, completed under exam conditions. Afterwards, the exams will be graded and every student will know how they did.

The preparatory session and practice exam are designed to maximize student performance on the licensing exam, with the goal of ensuring a successful result on students’ first attempt. As the exam can be stressful, Chris also discusses exam strategies, which should leave students with plenty of time to successfully complete the exam. Chris relates his experiences of writing the exam, including a discussion of how to approach exam day, what to bring with you, and what you need to know.

Chris takes students through a very thorough review of the materials, with an eye towards the topics and questions that will almost certainly be on the test. The practice test was originally written by Chris, but is updated by the most recent graduates who have written the test ensuring it is as close to the real deal as possible. As Chris states, “my lectures bring results. A very high percentage of my students who take the sessions pass the exam. Take my sessions and let’s get you licensed!”

For more details on the course, including date, time, location and cost, please click here.

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