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Law Clerk

Available at: Kingston

Overview

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.

Highlights

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.

Career Opportunities
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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Program Name

Law Clerk

Program Code

0228

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

September

Program Duration

46 weeks

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

2016-17 full year tuition fees are $5,700.36. Compulsory fees are $1,112.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $26,475.00. Compulsory fees are $1,790.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1 – 15 Weeks
BLAW 1001 Business Law: Contract/Tort
BLAW 1002 Property Law
BLAW 1004 Civil Litigation
COMM 121 Communication for Law Clerks
COMP 3021 Legal Document Production I
BLAW 10 Introduction to Canadian Law
COMP 59 Professional Skills for Law Clerks
BLAW 20 Canadian Government

Semester 2 – 15 Weeks
BLAW 1003 Conveyancing
BLAW 1009 Corporate Law
BLAW 1010 Wills & Estates
BLAW 1014 Criminal Law
BLAW 1015 Family Law
BLAW 1019 Legal Research & Writing
COMP 3023 Legal Document Production II

Semester 3 – 12 Weeks of Class Time & 4 Weeks of Professional Practice
BLAW 30 Legal Accounting
BLAW 1012 Small Claims Court Procedures
BLAW 1020 Legal Research Project
BLAW 1105 Landlord & Tenant Relations
COMP 3020 Legal Software Applications
GENE 24 Ethics
GENE General Education Course
INTN 28 Work Placement
CARE 50 Career Development for Law Clerks

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:
• Grade 12 English at the C or U level
• Grade 11 Math
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Recommended Academic Preparation
Basic computer proficiency in word processing, electronic file management, and email is recommended. Students who do not have these skills are advised to take a basic computer course prior to entry into Semester One.

Prerequisites

Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Testimonials

I loved the Law Clerk program because it gave me a strong understanding of legal concepts and principles, as well as preparing me for a successful career. The dedicated and approachable instructors work hard to ensure the success of students. After finishing this program, I gained employment very quickly and have found a career that challenges me every day and will continue to do so for years to come.

Christy Penfold

Program Contact

Katherine Willis
kwillis@sl.on.ca

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office
Dreamit@sl.on.ca

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students should note that because many courses in this program are taught by legal professionals, class schedules will include evening courses in each semester.

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