Get started on your new career as a Law Clerk in just 46 weeks and join the workforce as a specialized professional dealing with the application of law in a variety of settings.
This program prepares students to work in many different legal environments including law offices, government agencies and ministries, legal clinics, financial institutions, and various business enterprises. Our three-semester curriculum provides a solid foundation in legal procedures and substantive law applicable to authorized areas of work for a law clerk. Emphasis is placed on property law, civil litigation, family law, criminal law, wills and estates, legal research and writing, and business law. Students become familiar with office procedures relating to the production of legal documents and specialized legal software programs. A four-week work placement provides students with an opportunity to enhance their classroom experience with practical work experience and exposure to potential employers.
A major objective of the program is to develop law clerks who are able to complete independent legal work as part of a team supporting lawyers in the day-to-day routine of their practice. In addition, the combination of business and law subjects provides a strong foundation for career choices in other settings that offer services which apply law to specific interests. Recent employment situations of this type have included real estate offices, home construction companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, government agencies, community legal clinics, academic institutions, and private corporations.
Opportunities for Additional Credentials
Students of this program are eligible for student membership with the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO). Qualified graduates of this program may apply their academic credits toward ordinary membership in ILCO following employment and may register to write the provincial ILCO exams for the enhanced associate-level certification.
Law Clerks are valued for their ability to apply legal skills within varied employment settings. Graduates of this program have found employment in law offices, government departments and agencies, financial institutions, courts, legal clinics, insurance companies, community service agencies, and other related environments where a legal background is an asset.
"After completion of the Law Clerk program, I feel confident about obtaining a job in the legal field that I can be proud of and enjoy for years to come. The program content, paired with the approachable instructors, gives students from all backgrounds the opportunity to become savvy legal minds and reliable lega professionals." - Laura Foster, 2013 Graduate
"If you want a good legal education with the hands-on experience to prepare you for a job in the real world, the Law Clerk program at St. Lawrence College is for you! I loved learning about the law from a variety of excellent instructors and came away feeling confident in my future as a law clerk." - Sarah Buck, 2013 Graduate
"I loved this program because it challenged me to think about law in an organized and analytical manner. The Law Clerk program provides a great foundation in law, as well as teaching practical skills like communications and legal software. If you are looking for a career which will continue to provide intellectual stimulation and challenges, you will enjoy being a law clerk." - Rosemary Richmond, 2013 Graduate
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