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4 Interesting Career Opportunities You Can Explore After Paralegal Training

Posted on January 23rd, 2019 - Written by: Canadian Business College

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For anyone with a strong analytical mind, a keen attention to detail, and an interest in the law, paralegal training can open up a wide range of fascinating and rewarding career paths.

This is particularly true in Ontario, where paralegals are licensed and regulated by the Law Society of Ontario (formerly known as the Law Society of Upper Canada), and can represent clients in tribunals and lower courts, draft legal documents, offer legal advice and perform an array of other duties, many of which, in other jurisdictions, would require a licensed lawyer.

These paralegals can find work in any number of areas, from the corporate sector, to private law firms, to federal, provincial and local government agencies, and even in private practices.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in law and want to know more about the options available to licensed paralegals in Ontario, here are four interesting career opportunities you can explore after paralegal training.

Join a Law Firm and Work with Lawyers after Paralegal Training

One option for paralegals who have completed their training and licensing is to find a position in a law firm, assisting lawyers by gathering and analyzing data, preparing affidavits and other legal documents, investigating precedents relevant to a case and performing a broad range of other tasks. This can be a great way to gain valuable, hands-on legal experience after earning your paralegal diploma.

Defend Clients Being Prosecuted for Provincial Offences as a Paralegal

Provincial offences, prosecuted under the Provincial Offenses Act (POA), include a range of minor, non-criminal offences such as speeding, entering prohibited premises and public intoxication. Unlike other provinces, in Ontario, paralegals are permitted to represent clients in court on such matters.

As a paralegal taking on provincial offenses, your work might include interviewing clients and witnesses, building a case and presenting it in court, and advising your client on any possible appeals. Paralegals interested in defending clients on provincial charges could find work in legal firms, or could also start their own practices.

In Ontario, paralegals can represent clients in court for provincial offenses

In Ontario, paralegals can represent clients in court for provincial offenses

Paralegals Can Help Tenants and Landlords Assert their Rights

Paralegals in Ontario can also find work representing landlords and tenants in Landlord and Tenant Board Hearings. If a landlord neglects repairs, enters a tenant’s unit without permission or harasses a tenant, as a paralegal, you can help them file an application with the Landlord and Tenant Board, prepare their case and represent them at the hearing. Likewise, paralegals can help landlords with tenant issues assert their rights over their property by assisting with the eviction process or with board hearings. Like those specializing in POA offences, paralegals specializing in landlord-tenant law can find work either as part of a larger firm or start their own private practice after completing paralegal training.

Paralegal Training Can Prepare You for a Career in Small Claims Court

Small claims court allows private litigants to sue individuals and businesses for money or the return of personal property valued under $25,000. It’s regularly used to recover unpaid debts, resolve disputes with contractors, recover expenses from broken contracts, and generally assist individuals and businesses in recouping lost money or property. Paralegals specializing in small claims court issues can use their legal expertise and skills to help plaintiffs prepare their claims, gather evidence and argue their case in court.

Paralegals can help clients recover lost money or property in small claims court

Paralegals can help clients recover lost money or property in small claims court

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a paralegal?

Contact Canadian Business College for more information about our paralegal courses.

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The Importance of Choosing a High-Quality Paralegal Diploma Program

Posted on January 11th, 2019 - Written by: Canadian Business College

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In contrast to the rest of Canada, paralegals in Ontario enjoy a broad scope of practice that goes well beyond the duties of a simple legal assistant. They can offer legal advice to clients concerning their interests, rights or responsibilities; negotiate on behalf of a client; and draft documents for use in a proceeding. They can also represent clients in court in a variety of situations, such as in small-claims court, in the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offenses Act and on summary conviction offenses where the maximum penalty is less than six months imprisonment or a $5,000 fine. Paralegals can find work with law firms, corporations and the government, and many even start their own private practices.

This broad range of possible duties and paths makes being a paralegal a great career choice for those with analytical minds, high attention to a detail and a strong interest in the law.

If you’re interested in beginning your training as a paralegal in the province of Ontario, here’s what you should know about the importance of completing a high-quality paralegal diploma program, which can help you begin your new law career on the best possible footing, and give you the skills and knowledge needed to thrive and advance in the role.

Accreditation is Essential for Paralegal Programs

When choosing a paralegal program, it’s essential to make sure that the institution you’re considering is accredited. In Ontario, this means accreditation from the Law Society of Ontario (formerly known as the Law Society of Upper Canada), a professional association responsible for the self-regulation of lawyers and paralegals in the province.

This is particularly important because in Ontario, where paralegals engage in a wider scope of practice than in other provinces, you have to meet certain strict licensing requirements in order to become a legally recognized paralegal. In order to earn your license, you must pass the Law Society’s Licensing Exam, a prerequisite of which is a diploma or certificate from an accredited program. Without this, students will not be able to take the exam, and will not be able to practice as paralegals.

Becoming licensed is one of the first steps for students beginning their paralegal careers, so accreditation should be a primary concern when researching paralegal programs.

Canadian Business School’s paralegal diploma program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario

Canadian Business School’s paralegal diploma program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario

Paralegal Courses Should Give Students a Broad Foundation in Canadian Law

A high-quality paralegal diploma program can help you prepare for the licensing exam while giving you a broad introduction to the Canadian legal system and the many specialities and areas of focus contained within. Canadian Business College’s one-year paralegal diploma program, for example, includes modules on a variety of topics including legal research, litigation, torts, contracts, advocacy, criminal practice, landlord and tenant law, immigration, ethics and more. Students graduate with a well-rounded knowledge the processes and concepts found within Canadian and provincial law, and the many areas of specialization they can choose to pursue as they continue their careers as paralegals.

Study with Practicing Lawyers and Paralegals

It is also important to choose a high-quality paralegal diploma program in order to connect with well-qualified instructors who can not only provide you without a robust knowledge of Canadian Law, but also valuable insights into its current, real-world practice. By studying with practicing lawyers and paralegals, students can ensure they have the most well-rounded and up-to-date education possible, preparing them to thrive in their future positions as paralegals.

Students at Canadian Business College study with practicing lawyers and paralegals

Students at Canadian Business College study with practicing lawyers and paralegals

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a paralegal in Ontario?

Contact Canadian Business College for more information about our paralegal courses.

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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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Visit our Mississauga Paralegal Program Open House

Posted on September 1st, 2016 - Written by: Canadian Business College

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If you are interested in learning more about the exciting career path of becoming a paralegal, we are hosting an open house at our Mississauga campus on Thursday, September 8th, 2016.

From 10.30am on Thursday, September 8th, you can find out course details and more about becoming a paralegal from our team, including Jeffrey Nicholson, our Law Faculty head.

Children are welcome, so RSVP now to our Mississauga campus manager, Navid Nazhand at nnazhand@canadianbusinesscollege.com or simply show up on the day!

Our Mississauga campus is located at 77 City Centre Drive, Suite 600, Mississauga

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Visit CBC’s Paralegal Program Open House

Posted on April 20th, 2016 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Are you interested in learning more about the Paralegal field? The need for well-trained, competent legal professionals has never been greater. Visit Canadian Business College’s open house to learn more about how you can become a licensed Paralegal in under 1-year!

  • Guest speakers from the legal industry
  • Refreshments will be served
  • Children welcome
  • Special program incentives available for attendees

When: Thursday April 21, 2016

Time: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Canadian Business College – Toronto Campus | 2 Bloor Street West, 22nd Floor

For directions, please click here.

Please RSVP by calling 416.925.9929 now!

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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

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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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Congratulations to our 2015 Canadian Business College Graduates!

Posted on September 28th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

On September 19th, 151 Canadian Business College graduates proudly walked the stage at the 23rd annual Convocation Ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Following a warm welcome from Faculty of Law Director, Jeffery Nicholson, President & Dean of Canadian Business College, John Nelson, took the stage and shared with us kind, thoughtful words, leaving us all extremely proud of all our inspiring graduates. Cheers filled the auditorium as parents, siblings, children, and friends watched loved ones receive their well-earned diplomas our Business, Law, IT & Digital Media, Health, and Community Services & Child Care programs.

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and supported our students in accomplishing this amazing milestone in their lives.

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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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