4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements.

About the Program

This two-year diploma program will equip you with necessary skills to work in the justice sector, as a professional public service administrator, or clerk for courts or quasi-judicial administrative tribunals. You will study Canadian law, procedure and ethics, and gain hands-on experience in the areas of project management, legal research, public administration and technology. Fluency in English is critical to your success as there is a strong focus on effective written and verbal communication throughout the program. 


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Organization and time management
  • Legal research and critical thinking
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Project management
  • Technological proficiency

Work Experience

Field Placement

Meet all the academic requirements and you will have the opportunity to participate in a four–week unpaid field placement at the end of your fourth semester. This opportunity will provide you with practical work experience and exposure to the justice administration sector. With the support and assistance of faculty and staff, you will play an active role in securing your placement.

To be placed in a court or other government setting, you will have to provide a police clearance certificate. You must have permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship to be eligible for a field placement with a government court, tribunal, department, or agency.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options you can explore:

  • Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Superior Court of Justice
  • Federal Court of Canada
  • Immigration and Refugee Board

Other career opportunities are available in administrative tribunals and agencies that deal with such matters as landlord and tenant, workplace health and safety, and labour relations.

Certificate of Attendance

Upon successful completion of the Alternative Dispute Resolution course, including full attendance, you will receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate of Attendance from the School of Legal, Public and Office Administration.


Upon graduation from this program with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, you will have the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in York University's Law and Society Program in three years instead of the usual four.



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