Diploma in Law Clerk (co-op)

General

Program Description

Get a step up on the competition by choosing the Co-op stream of the Law Clerk program. Work on real cases, with real lawyers, in real firms, all while still studying. In many ways, the law field is the most crucial institution in the country. If being a part of this prestigious career intrigues you, Fanshawe's Law Clerk (Co-op) program will provide vital access to the dynamic training needed to be a proud serving member of the law field.

You'll begin the law clerk program by developing a solid foundation in business law combined with practical law clerk training that will give you diverse skills for diverse career options. Your law courses will address civil litigation, corporate commercial, debtor and creditor rights, real estate, landlord and tenant, estate administration, and family law.

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

After graduation:

When you graduate from our law program, you'll have learned everything you need to start your career off right, including intensive training with leading software and online applications used by law firms and legal departments in Canada. And, because you've chosen the Co-op stream, your law courses will be complemented by work with real legal teams, in real cases, graduating a step ahead of other law clerk programs.

Individuals who lack the necessary prerequisites for this program or those who would like to enhance their preparation prior to pursuing a Public Safety career are encouraged to consider applying to the Public Safety Fundamentals program. Public Safety Fundamentals is designed to set you up for success and offers an excellent pathway to the numerous career programs in the School of Public Safety.

Other Information

  • Students may be required to take evening as well as day classes.
  • Level 3 of the Law Clerk program is offered both in the Fall term and the Summer term. While each student's preference for registration will be considered, it may not be possible for all students to register in Level 3 in their first choice of term. It may be necessary for some students to register in the alternate term.
  • Graduation from Fanshawe College's Law Clerk program satisfies the educational course and exam requirements for associate-level membership in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, www.ilco.on.ca.
  • Applicants who do not have the prerequisites or minimum final grades required for admission into the Law Clerk program are encouraged to apply to the Public Safety Fundamentals program. The Public Safety Fundamentals program provides a pathway for those students interested in pursuing a legal career program in the School of Public Safety.
  • Graduates of the Fanshawe College Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program who meet the admission requirements can apply to Level 1 of the Law Clerk Ontario College Diploma program and may be granted up to two internal credits towards this program.

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

This is a two-year Co-operative Education program. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.

Applicants seeking a non-Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the Law Clerk program, Program Code LCK1.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing.
  2. Complete all work within routine and unexpected timelines and limitation periods within the legal environment.
  3. 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 generate legal documentation, complying with current regulations and procedures.
  4. Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team.
  5. Apply the rules of procedure to support the best legal practices.
  6. Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  7. Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments.
  8. Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk.
  9. Act equitably and justly with diverse populations*.
  10. Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1

  • LAWS-1077 Legal Materials-Intro
  • LAWS-1007 Civil Procedure
  • LAWS-1036 Torts & Contracts
  • DEVL-1051 Professionalism & Client Relations
  • COMP-1529 Computer Applications 1
  • COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Group 2

  • Take WRIT-1089 or WRIT-1034
  • WRIT-1089 Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety
  • WRIT-1034 Reason & Writing 1-EAP

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • LAWS-3061 Wills & Estate Administration
  • LAWS-1078 Real Estate-Intro
  • LAWS-1012 Corporate Law
  • COMM-3044 Prof. Communications for Law Clerks
  • COMP-3108 Computer Applications 2
  • SOCI-1036 Issues in Diversity

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • LAWS-3006 Family Law
  • LAWS-5006 Civil Procedure-Adv
  • LAWS-1039 Real Estate Title Searching
  • LAWS-1040 Legal Research & Writing
  • PHIL-1009 Ethics & Society
  • LAWS-1010 Creditors' Rights

Level 4

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • LAWS-3052 Landlord & Tenant Law
  • LAWS-3043 Real Estate Procedure-Adv
  • LAWS-5007 Commercial Transactions-Adv
  • LAWS-5008 Document Production & Management
  • INSR-1006 Fundamentals of Insurance for Consumers

General Education - Electives

  • Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 4

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:
    • English one of:
      • Any Grade 12 English (U)
      • Any Grade 12 English (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
    • Mathematics one of:
      • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
      • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
      • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)

or

  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) with:
    • Communications
    • Core Mathematics
      (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)

or

  • Public Safety Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate and:
    • A minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above

or

  • General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate and:
    • A minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above

or

  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) with:
    • The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 and:
  • Mathematics one of:
    • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)

or

  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 Understanding Canadian Law (M) OR Grade 12 Canadian and International Law (U)
  • Grade 12 English (U) is strongly recommended. Advanced writing skills are essential
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Computer Skills course

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Students should possess basic computer skills
  • Students should develop a high degree of responsibility, maturity, conscientiousness and the ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Students should speak to a Law Clerk, Paralegal or Lawyer to acquire some knowledge of the duties of a Law Clerk

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Note:

Admission to the Fanshawe College Public Safety Fundamentals program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Law Clerk program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Public Safety Fundamentals program does, however, enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Law Clerk program. The Public Safety Fundamentals program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Law Clerk program.

Career Opportunities

Law Clerk graduates find career opportunities in law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions, insurance companies, title insurance companies, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, court offices, registry offices, government boards and tribunals, legal aid, legal technology, and legal services providers. A career as a Law Clerk offers challenges, diversity, flexibility, and advancement in the fast-paced, constantly changing legal environment. Graduates are also well prepared to succeed in our Paralegal program.

Last updated Jan 2020

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