3 Semesters (13 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in person. Students are required to come on campus to attend classes.

About the Program

This 13-month diploma program is an accelerated version of our Paralegal program. This program will prepare you to become a licensed paralegal in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society Act. As a licensed paralegal, you may act in a self–employed capacity and offer specified legal services directly to the public for a fee without the supervision of a lawyer, or you may be a salaried employee in various legal environments.

In this program, you will acquire an understanding of the general principles of law and receive theoretical and practical training in specific legal subjects, legal ethics and small business practice. 

Successful completion of this program qualifies you to write the Law Society of Ontario licensing examination, a requirement if you wish to practise as a paralegal in Ontario.

Fluency in English is critical for your success in this program and the legal profession, and there is a strong focus on effective communication skills, both verbal and written, from the beginning of your program to graduation.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Written and verbal communication

  • Drafting legal documents

  • Advocacy, including examination, cross-examination, submission of arguments 

  • Legal research and writing

  • Ability to analyze and apply legislation to real-life situations

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution 

Work Experience

Field Placement

Having met all the necessary academic requirements, you will have the opportunity to participate in a four week unpaid field placement at the end of final examinations in third semester. With the support and assistance of the school's faculty and staff, you will play an active role in securing your placement. Those wishing to be placed in a court or other government setting will have to provide a police clearance certificate.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to pursue your paralegal licence and operate your own paralegal practice. You may also explore career opportunities within:

  • Paralegal firms
  • Law firms
  • Legal clinics
  • Legal departments within government offices


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

Professional Accreditation

This program has been accredited by the Law Society of Ontario. 

To obtain a paralegal licence, you will have to be:

  • A graduate from an accredited program

  • Pass a licensing examination, and 

  • Be of good character

For more information visit the Law Society of Ontario

Paralegal application and licensing fees are not included in any fee schedule quoted by Seneca Polytechnic. 



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Success Story

Amanda Donato

“My experience at Seneca taught me to advocate for the rights of others and prepared me for my career as a lawyer. I was able to build on my professional skills with the support of my professors, who were attentive and empathetic. The campus environment was also remarkable – students have access to everything from research labs to academic advising.”

Amanda Donato

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