2014/15 Program

Law Clerk

Our Program

Humber’s Law Clerk diploma program provides intensive training delivered by experienced professionals. Learn from practising lawyers and law clerks who’ll give you the inside scoop on the highlights of the field and on current trends and opportunities.

Your law clerk education includes courses on business, criminal, real estate, corporate, and family law, as well as litigation, legal research, transcribing legal dictation, title searches and more. Your solid knowledge on diverse areas of law, competence in a range of legal and court procedures and strong written and oral communication skills will make you a valued member of a legal team.

Gain first-hand work experience, integrate your academic knowledge and skills, and potentially make the transition to employment through a final-semester field placement at a small or large private or public sector law firm.

Your Career

The verdict is in: Humber College’s Law Clerk diploma is your best route to a fulfilling career in the legal field.

Toronto employs more than half of Ontario’s law clerks, and features a significant number of opportunities to work as a law clerk or legal assistant at both public and private firms. In addition to law firms, you can also pursue law clerk opportunities in government agencies, courts, financial and insurance firms, real estate companies and corporate head offices.

Under a lawyer’s direction, you’ll play a key role in supporting a legal practice by performing writing, administrative and other tasks, including maintaining and filing corporate documents, completing real estate transactions, drafting contracts, conducting title searches and completing research. In a litigation office, you’ll also get to interview clients and witnesses, and accompany lawyers to meetings and court appearances.

Follow in the footsteps of past Law Clerk graduates who’ve gone on to positions at organizations such as Goodman & Griffin, Morguard Trust, Legal Aid Ontario, City of Brampton, McMillan LLP and First Canadian Title Insurance Company.

Work Placement

The unpaid placement is completed during the fourth semester. Working with the field placement advisor, students are actively involved in pursuing placement opportunities. They are expected to market themselves to prospective employers and initiate their own placements.

Our Industry Partnerships

Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, Department of Justice Canada, Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, Bogoroch & Associates, First Canadian Title, and Minden Gross LLP.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates of Humber’s Law Clerk diploma program are offered the opportunity to become Ordinary Members of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario upon achieving qualifying employment.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

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

Fees/Scholarships

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,644.56
• international $13,900.
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.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the two-year Paralegal Education diploma program 21501.

Curriculum

Note: Students will be required to achieve keyboarding proficiency at 50 wpm in order to graduate.

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 206 Grammar and Editing Skills: Law Clerk and Paralegal
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
LAWS 006 Keyboarding Proficiency 1
LAWS 106 Procedures and Professional Conduct
LAWS 107 Legal Document Applications
LAWS 108 Business Law (Tort and Contract)
LAWS 109 Criminal Law

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 206 Professional Writing Skills: Law Clerk and Paralegal
LAWS 007 Keyboarding Proficiency 2
LAWS 151 Litigation 1
LAWS 152 Real Estate Law
LAWS 153 Real Estate Procedures
LAWS 154 Transcribing Legal Dictation
LAWS 156 Legal Research

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
LAWS 003 Keyboarding Proficiency 3
LAWS 211 Litigation Procedures
LAWS 203 Title Searching
LAWS 212 Legal Dockets and Records
LAWS 213 Corporate Law
LAWS 214 Litigation 2

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
LAWS 004 Keyboarding Proficiency 4
LAWS 252 Debtor/Creditor
LAWS 253 Family Law
LAWS 254 Family Law Procedures
LAWS 255 Estates
LAWS 251 Field Practicum

*Field Placement will follow successful completion of all semester one, two and three courses.