2014/15 Program

Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies is the only four-year degree program of its kind in Ontario. It combines legal theory and practice in a program that covers ethics and professional responsibility, negotiation and mediation, evidence, advocacy, contract and tort law, insurance law and employment law, which will give you the legal foundation you need to competently navigate Canada’s legal system.

Paralegal Studies degree professors believe that properly representing a client includes understanding the client’s background and motivation. As a result, our program also includes courses in psychology, sociology, political science and the philosophical foundations of the legal system.

Your Career

Your career as a paralegal can take you in many exciting directions, from representing clients in the Ontario Small Claims Court and Provincial Offences Court to being a paralegal in a major law firm or government department.

Paralegals interview clients and witnesses, prepare legal documents and affidavits, conduct legal research and often track down key information for a legal case. They identify precedent and play a key role in assisting lawyers to prepare for examinations for discoveries, settlement hearings and trials. In fact, they are a key part of the legal process.

They work in law firms, as part of the legal departments of corporate firms, in government and in community organizations. You may also become a provincial offences prosecutor, a Small Claims Court agent, a legal researcher, a court monitor, paralegal firm manager or you may choose to start your own paralegal practice.

Paralegals also provide important advocacy services for clients appearing before specialized tribunals such as the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

As a paralegal, you’ll cover a wide range of legal matters, from wrongful dismissal to no-fault automobile insurance benefits and immigration.

Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies can help you develop the competencies and skills you need to create the paralegal career you want. Our students have had the opportunity to do work placements with the Department of Justice Canada and Legal Aid Ontario while our graduates have been hired by major law firms in Toronto such as Borden Ladner Gervais, and Fraser Milner Casgrain (Dentons).

As a paralegal, your everyday duties could include representing clients, drafting documentation in areas such as small claims court, highway traffic court, residential landlord and tenant, and other administrative tribunals.

If you work in the litigation department of a larger law firm, you could assist in conducting legal research, preparing affidavits of documents, and drafting court motions and pleadings.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit humber.ca/faculty.

Work Placement

Work placements offer on-the- job experience where you will use and sharpen skills you’ve learned in class and apply them to real-world situations.

The paid work term is from May to August after semester six and lasts 14 weeks. You will work with your placement advisor to find a placement that fits your career goals. A career development course in semester five will help you gain job search skills, develop an effective resumé and hone your interview skills. In addition, students are encouraged to take career management workshops to learn about the most recent developments from industry professionals.

We also provide placement support, such as working with the legal community to identify paid work placement employment opportunities.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The program is endorsed by the Paralegal Society of Ontario, the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario, and the Ontario Association of Professional Searchers of Record.

The Law Society of Upper Canada has reviewed and assessed Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts - Paralegal Studies degree and has determined that it meets the standards and competencies for paralegal education program accreditation.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Five Grade 12U or M courses in addition to those listed above with a minimum 65 per cent overall average

Note: For further information, refer to the Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Applicants who do not meet the above admission requirements should consider applying for Humber’s Paralegal Education diploma program 21501. Graduates of the Paralegal Education program with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 75 per cent or more will be considered for admission to the four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies degree program. Graduates may then complete the degree program with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a paid work term. Graduates must also possess ENG4U, Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more. Admission will be based on availability in the program.

Mature students (applicants 21 years of age or over) and/or transfer students (applicants with postsecondary education) should refer to the Mature and Transfer Student Admissions Regulations for admission criteria.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $6,838.80
• international $14,400.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.

Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 100 Philosophy of Law
PLBA 101 Introduction to Canada's Legal System
PLBA 102 Small Claims Court 1
PLBA 103 Tort and Contract Law

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 151 Charter of Rights and Freedoms
PLBA 152 Small Claims Court 2
PLBA 154 Introduction to Legal Writing
PLBA 156 Evidence and the Litigation Process

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 203 Legal History
PLBA 206 Administrative Law
PLBA 254 Provincial Offences
STAT 202 Statistics For Paralegal Studies

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 256 Tribunal Practices and Procedures
PLBA 257 Legal Computer Applications
PLBA 258 Legal Research/Writing
PLBA 259 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 301 Immigration and refugee law
PLBA 302 Advocacy
PLBA 304 Court and government office administration
PLBA 305 Career development
PLBA 306 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles Process Practice

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 351 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Topics
PLBA 352 Debtor/creditor rights
PLBA 353 Elder law
PLBA 354 Advanced legal writing
PLBA 400 Work Term

Semester 7

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 405 Criminal/Summary Conviction Procedure
PLBA 406 Legal Accounting
PLBA 407 Legal Framework of Paralegal Practice
PLBA 408 Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Semester 8

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Degree Breadth Electives
PLBA 451 Access to justice
PLBA 453 Insurance law
PLBA 455 Practice Management
PLBA 456 Employment Law

Humber has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a five-year term starting July 19, 2013. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.