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Degree

Graduate Certificate in Paralegal

About the program

  • 22,406 CAD

    Tuition
  • 1 year

    Years of study
  • 1 year

    PGWP Duration
  • 50 out of 100

    Minimum required GPA
  • 2870

    Course Code

DeadLines

START & DEADLINE TERM DEADLINE APPLICATION
Fall-September 31-August-2021 31-August-2021
Winter-January 31-December-2021 31-December-2021

Graduate Certificate in Paralegal

Access to justice requires well-trained and licensed paralegals to fill the growing demand for affordable services in the legal profession. Centennial College’s Paralegal program will prepare you to excel in the field through strong theoretical and practical courses.

The Law Society of Ontario accredits Centennial’s one-year (three-semester) undertaking. This graduate certificate program will make you eligible, upon successful completion of all requirements, to write the Law Society’s Paralegal licensing examination — enabling you to practice as a licensed paralegal in Ontario. 

Licensed paralegals may represent clients in areas such as summary conviction criminal offences, traffic violations, provincial and municipal offences, tribunals and the Ontario Small Claims Courts. 

Throughout your studies in the Paralegal program, you'll gain solid knowledge of Canadian law, concentrating on subject areas within the permitted scope of paralegal practice. In addition to dedicated academic lectures, practice management and mock trials, there will be a two-day-per-week work placement in the third semester. 

It will total 196 hours of hands-on training in established law and paralegal firms. Centennial’s experiential learning will exceed the requirements of the Law Society and assist in preparing you to enter the field, not only with practice experience but also with the chance to network within the industry.

As a Centennial Paralegal graduate, you'll be well prepared to write your licensing examination and become an integral part of the legal system.

Smart Cost Estimator

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Accommodation

$37,442

Total costs

yearly

$7,704

Cost of living

1 person

$7,332

Accommodation

1 bed room

$22,406

Tuition

1 person

Academic Requirements

Degree or a two-year college diploma in any discipline

We will consider applicants who have partial (minimum 50%) university degree completion and who have a minimum of two years work experience relevant to the program (transcript and resume review required)

Required documents

1. English language proficiency
2. Transcripts from outside of Canada must be assessed by World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Services (ICAS).

Language Requirements

GRE
GMAT

IELTS

6.5
6
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6
writing
6
speaking
6
reading

TOEFL

88
22
listening
22
writing
22
speaking
22
reading

PTE

58
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writing
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speaking
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reading

Cambridge

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Language pathway (conditional offer) is available
Duolingo 125
In the English Language Learning program, you can improve your English language skills before your next academic or professional step, while qualifying to study at Centennial College full-time.
About 70% of English for Academic Purposes Program students continue their studies at Centennial College.

Career Opportunities

  • Paralegal business owner
  • Paralegal for corporation
  • Paralegal agent

Areas of Employment

  • Law firms
  • Municipal prosecutors
  • Debtor/creditor agents
  • Contract reviewers
  • Process servers
  • Notary publics/commissioners of oaths
  • Paralegal firms
  • Community legal service
  • Government
  • Insurance firms
  • Self-employment
  • Collection agencies
  • Corporations
  • Highway Traffic Act offences
  • Small claims court
  • Tribunals
  • Provincial
  • Minor criminal offense consultants

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