(NOC 4211)

What do Paralegals do?

Paralegals, legal assistants, and law clerks in law firms prepare legal documents, maintain records/files, and conduct research. They may also conduct interviews.

Independent paralegals provide certain legal services as allowed by provincial/territorial legislation. They may represent clients in small claims court, in other lower courts, at tribunals or before administrative bodies.

How to become: Paralegals

You must have a high school diploma.

To be a legal assistant or paralegal, you need a bachelor's degree in law or a college diploma in a legal assistant/law clerk program or in-house training.

To be an independent paralegal, you usually obtain your education through experience, industry-sponsored courses or a college paralegal program.

Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have an undergraduate university degree.

Where to study for a career as: Paralegals

Durham College
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Paralegal Bachelor; Honours
Paralegal Diploma; University Transfer
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Clerk (Intensive) Diploma
Law Clerk Diploma
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Clerk Diploma
Paralegal Certificate; Online
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Clerk Diploma
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Red Deer Polytechnic
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Legal Assistant Diploma
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Modified on January 26, 2022

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