Bachelor of Applied Arts - Paralegal Studies (2015/16 Program)

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Program Length: 

Eight semesters, beginning in September, plus one paid work term

Contact Information: 

Bernard Aron
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3336

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
– Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
– Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent
Mature student status
College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. 


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $7,250.88
– international $14,800.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Additional Costs

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

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 legal representative, 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 and refugee board proceedings.

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 LLP, and Dentons Canada LLP.

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.

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.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit

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.

Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts – Paralegal Studies program 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 Student Status and the College or University Transfer for admission criteria.

End Notes

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.

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List of Courses
Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 1001 Introduction to Canada's Legal System
PLBA 1002 Small Claims Court 1
PLBA 1003 Tort and Contract Law
PLBA 2502 Legal Research and Writing
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 1500 Charter of Rights and Freedoms
PLBA 1501 Small Claims Court 2
PLBA 1502 Introduction to Legal Writing
PLBA 2501 Legal Computer Applications
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 2000 Legal History
PLBA 2001 Administrative Law
PLBA 2002 Provincial Offences
STAT 1122 Statistics for Paralegal Studies
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 1000 Philosophy of Law
PLBA 1503 Evidence and the Litigation Process
PLBA 2500 Tribunal Practices and Procedures
PLBA 2503 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 5
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 3000 Immigration and Refugee Law
PLBA 3001 Advocacy
PLBA 3002 Court and Government Office Administration
PLBA 3003 Career Development
PLBA 3004 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles, Process, Practice
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 6
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 3501 Debtor/Creditor Rights
PLBA 3502 Elder law
PLBA 3503 Advanced Legal Writing
PLBA 3510 Work Term
PLBA 4000 Criminal Summary Conviction Procedure
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 7
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 3500 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Topics
PLBA 4001 Legal Accounting
PLBA 4002 Legal Framework of Paralegal Practice
PLBA 4003 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives
Semester 8
Course Code Course Name
PLBA 4500 Access to Justice
PLBA 4501 Insurance Law
PLBA 4502 Practice Management
PLBA 4503 Employment Law
Select 1 of the following courses
DEGE Degree Breadth Electives