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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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Canadian Business College Hosts Successful Oracle Database 12C Workshop

Posted on February 27th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

Canadian Business College’s Faculty of Information Technology Director, Bill Xu, recently hosted a workshop in front of a packed lecture room of aspiring database administrators entitled: Installing and Implementing Oracle Database 12C and Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12C.

Bill simulated a separated networking environment to install and implement the latest version of Oracle Database and Enterprise Management Cloud Control. The objective of the workshop was to provide attendees with a clear understanding of how Oracle works in real workplace environments.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Oracle Database 11GR2
  • Oracle Database 12CR1
  • Oracle EMCC12C
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Oracle public yum
  • Oracle Grid Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2012
  • DNS
  • Hyper-V
  • VNC Server
  • SSH

A PDF copy of the workshop transcript can be downloaded here.

An MS-Word copy of the transcript can be downloaded here.

Canadian Business College is one of the few Oracle WDP (Workforce Development Program) partners in Ontario. Our Database Administrator and Advanced Database Administrator programs are designed to provide students with  industry recognized knowledge, skills and certifications required to succeed.

If a career as a database administrator has been on your mind, we encourage you to contact us to see how our DBA programs fit in with your career goals and objectives. And make sure to stay tuned for Bill’s next cutting edge seminar open to the public!

If you attended the Oracle 12C workshop, we encourage you to leave your comments and feedback below.

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Canadian Business College Celebrates Graduating Class of 2014

Posted on September 24th, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

With smiles and elation abound, Canadian Business College’s 2014 Convocation Ceremony provided graduates with an evening to celebrate and reflect on a year’s worth of commitment and hard work.

Following thoughtful words of encouragement and advice from CBC President & Dean, John Nelson, students from the faculties of business, law, IT & digital media, health, and community services & child care, were called to the stage one-by-one to receive their diplomas while their family, close friends and peers proudly looked on.

The event was held on Friday September 19, 2014 at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel in the elegantly renovated Forest Hill Ballroom. Following the ceremony, graduates and guests were able to dine, mingle and dance the evening away.

Here are just a few pictures capturing what was a wonderful celebratory evening:

Graduates enter ballroom to the sound of bagpipes

Graduates enter ballroom to the sound of bagpipes

Convocation ceremony schedule

Convocation ceremony schedule

Graduates listening to welcoming speech

Graduates listening to welcoming speech


President & Dean, John Nelson, delivering commencement speech

President & Dean, John Nelson, delivering commencement speech

All smiles!

All smiles!

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Proud of his father!

Proud of his father!

Congratulations to the entire 2014 graduating class!

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CBC Readies for Graduation 2014!

Posted on September 11th, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens


With just over a week until Canadian Business College’s 2014 graduation ceremony, the excitement on-campus is palpable as staff work diligently to complete the event’s final tasks and touches. As in previous years, the ceremony will provide graduates, along with their family members and friends, and CBC faculty and staff, with the opportunity to look back and celebrate the dedication, commitment and success demonstrated by students over the previous year.

This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday September 19, 2014, from 7:00 PM – 12:30 AM at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. In addition to the ceremony, those attending will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner and post ceremony celebrations in the Marriott’s elegantly renovated Forest Hill Ballroom.

There’s no question that graduation marks the culmination of a year’s hard work and sacrifice for students from CBC’s Faculties of Business, Law, IT & Digital Media, Health, and Community Services & Child Care. It also signals the next phase in their journey, one which includes pursuing the career goal that set their academic commitment in motion.

The entire Canadian Business College team is excited to celebrate with this year’s graduating class and look forward to all the successes that await in their futures!

Make sure to check back soon for a recap of the event, including photos.



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.


Academic Excellence, Leadership & Professionalism Celebrated at Alumni Social Night

Posted on January 30th, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

From great food and drink to shared laughs, music and dancing, Canadian Business College’s recent Alumni Social Night was the perfect opportunity for former students, impending graduates, faculty and staff to gather and reflect on the 2013 academic year. The event, organized by CBC’s dedicated Student Services Team, was held on Friday, January 24th at The Pilot, a venue adjacent to the College’s Toronto Campus location at Yonge and Bloor.

The occasion provided alumni from all three of our campuses with the opportunity to meet, greet and network with peers and staff. It also allowed the College to recognize exceptional student achievement from the previous year.

John Nelson, President & CEO, Jeffrey Nicholson, In-House Counsel & Paralegal Program Director and Nina Homami, Student Services Manager at Canadian Business College, were all on hand to mingle with those in attendance, share a few inspirational words, and present the evening’s 8 distinguished awards, of which the recipients were (by award):

Lord Denning Award presented annually to the student who achieved unparalleled personal and academic success:

  • Royce Calverley – Faculty of Law

Bora Laskin Award presented annually to the student who most displayed a perseverance and dedication to success:

  • Sabina Azzoli – Faculty of Law

Bertha Wilson Award presented annually to the student or students who display excellent academic achievement and who contributed to the overall success of their classmates:

  • Jacob Jacob – Faculty of Law
  • Stacy Forsythe – Faculty of Law

Academic Excellence Award presented annually to the student or students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement in their program:

  • Maria Lourdes Elaine Magnate – Faculty of Business
  • Dennis Li – Faculty of Information Technology & Digital Media
  • Daniyal Rehman – Faculty of Health
  • Laurie Arnautu Ross – Faculty of Community Services and Child Care

Leadership & Professionalism Award presented annually to the student or students who have demonstrated and exemplified outstanding leadership and have also contributed to high levels of participation from within their respective student group or participating unit:

  • Mary Anne Lachica – Faculty of Business

Here are just a few snapshots from what was without question, an enjoyable and fun-filled evening:

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Lower right: John Nelson, President & CEO saying a few words

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Jubilant award winners posing with Nina Homami, Student Services Manager, John Nelson, President & CEO and Jeffrey Nicholson, Paralegal Program Director

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Right: Jeffrey Nicholson, In-House Counsel & Paralegal Program Director

Congratulations to all our award winners and many thanks to all those who attended the successful event!



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CBC Job Fair a Hit with Students and Job Seekers

Posted on January 22nd, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

With a turnout of over 300 strong, Canadian Business College’s recent job fair was nothing short of successful.

Representatives from CIBC, Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, Career Edge, Critical Search, Robert Half Technology, JobStart, Furniture Bank, Creative Minds Montessori, ZSA Legal, YWCA, Simply Green Home Services, Canadian Youth Business Foundation and The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, were on hand to meet with enthusiastic CBC students and alumni. With the event open to the public, there were also a large number of external job seekers in attendance.

The fair was held at Canadian Business College’s Toronto campus located at Yonge and Bloor.

Check out some of the photos from the event below:

Job fair participants after set up.

Job fair participants were all smiles after setup

Job seekers networking with employers and recruiters

Job seekers networking (or waiting to network) with employers and recruiters

With such a tremendous turnout, we were thrilled to see students and alumni meet and greet with confidence, engage in discussions and distribute their resumes to the employers and recruiters in attendance.

There’s no question that providing students with the training they need to succeed, then connecting them with opportunities in the workforce, is what it’s all about. To that end, Canadian Business College’s Student Services department is continually looking for innovative and hands-on ways to connect graduates with fruitful career opportunities. You can learn more about the initiatives and services we offer our students here.

By all accounts, the job fair was a huge success and a hit with students and job seekers alike. If you attended, feel free to post a comment below about your experience and how it helped in your search. We look forward to hosting the next one!


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Visit the Canadian Business College Job Fair!

Posted on January 7th, 2014 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens

CSW_2_600x315Canadian Business College is very pleased to be hosting its first job fair of the New Year on Friday, January 17, 2014 between 2 PM and 5 PM.

Free of charge and open to current students, alumni and the general public, the job fair will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with prospective employers and recruiters from a wide variety of industries, including: banking, business management, community services, information technology, legal and more!

The following businesses, organizations and agencies have been confirmed and will be on hand to meet with job seekers:

The fair will be held Canadian Business College’s downtown campus located at 2 Bloor Street West – 22nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M4W 3E2. For Google Map directions, please click here.

For additional information, please contact our student services department at 416.925.9929 x 108 or email us at studentservices@canadianbusinesscollege.com.

Make sure to swing by and don’t forget to bring copies of your resume! See you there.


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