As integral members of the legal team, law clerks work independently under the general supervision of a lawyer and assist with numerous tasks associated with the handling of diverse legal matters, including significant client interaction. In this program, students learn to draft legal correspondence and memoranda and prepare various court documents in practice areas such as real estate, corporate, estates, civil litigation and family law, utilizing current legal software to produce documents to professional standards. Students learn legal administration skills, substantive law, ethics and professionalism. Students engage in experiential learning through a field placement that reinforces and expands upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom.
Law clerks work in a vast array of legal environments, including paralegal or law firms, government offices, legal clinics, courts, financial institutions, corporations and insurance companies. Workplaces might include exposure to any number of areas of law, including real estate, family, small claims, corporate, personal injury, wills and estates, and general civil litigation.
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing;
complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment;
use current and relevant electronic and print resources, within the legal environment, to conduct legal research, to assist with file and evidentiary management, to facilitate communication and general legal documentation, complying with current regulations and procedures;
research and summarize the presenting legal issues applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team;
apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices;
conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Ontario;
carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments;
outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk;
act equitably and justly with diverse populations;
provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system;
employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.
The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.
Fall Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound
Sem 1: Fall 2021
Sem 2: Winter 2022
Sem 3: Fall 2022
Sem 4: Winter 2023
Winter Intake - Barrie
Sem 1: Winter 2022
Sem 2: Summer 2022
Sem 3: Fall 2022
Sem 4: Winter 2023
A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/
OSSD or equivalent with
Grade 12 English (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/
Language Proficiency Requirements
Please refer to the below link for the English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Admissions - Georgian College