Law Clerk

Note: This program has Fall and Winter start dates.

Students in the Law Clerk program at Algonquin College learn a broad range of legal topics and processes in preparation for employment as legal assistants/law clerks.

Students learn about:

  • Real estate practices
  • Maintenance of corporate documents and filings
  • Drafting of court documents and correspondence
  • Techniques for interviewing clients and witnesses
  • Preparation of briefs
  • Compiling evidence for trials
  • General office procedures



Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Related Programs:
Law Clerk (Intensive)

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0220X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students for employment as law clerks. Law clerks work independently under the general direction of a lawyer or as part of a legal services team and perform routine legal and administrative duties and also assist lawyers by conducting a variety of legal functions.

The curriculum covers a broad range of legal topics and processes. Students learn about real-estate practices, engage in legal research, maintain corporate documents and filings, draft legal and court documents and correspondence, interview clients and witnesses, prepare briefs for various adjudicative bodies, and compile evidence and documentation for various types of hearings. Students also learn to organize and manage a variety of responsibilities, pay attention to detail, work under pressure and perform general office procedures.

This full-time program is delivered over four levels of 15 weeks each and students can be admitted in either the September or January intake. Students starting in January complete the second level during the summer.

In Level 04, students who meet established criteria have the opportunity to participate in an optional field placement.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD):Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.



This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess excellent interpersonal and human relations skills.
  • Are organized, detail-oriented and flexible.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Have a strong literacy and communications background.
  • Have a high standard of ethics.

Your Career

Graduates have the skills and flexibility to apply their knowledge in a variety of entry-level law clerk positions within law offices, corporations, government legal departments and agencies, financial institutions, court and registry offices.

The descriptions of legal skills, responsibilities, and settings indicate the abilities and environment in which the graduate may generally work and are not intended to imply that the law clerk is practising law.

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 time lines 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 rules of procedure to support 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.
  11. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1962 English Fundamentals Students develop language skills necessary to promote success in program courses and, ultimately, business careers. Students achieve correctness and mastery in writing sentences appropriate to a business environment through the study of English language usage, mechanics and style. Skills acquired in these areas enable students to demonstrate competence in composing, editing and proofreading written messages. 45.0
GEN1001M Ethics: What Is the Big Deal? A number of high-profile cases during the last decade have increased people's awareness of the significant role played by values and choices in the world of business. Students debate the ethical challenges faced by humans every day, clarify their own ethical values, and acquire a number of decision-making tools and models to guide them when dealing with personal and professional ethical dilemmas. 45.0
LAW0031L Property Relationships Students are introduced to concepts of personal property and develop an awareness of the concepts of ownership, bailment, gift and fixtures. Real property interests including interests in land, systems of land registration, mortgages and an introduction to intellectual property are included. 30.0
LAW1706L Torts and Contracts The study of the principles of tort and contract law provides a foundation for better understanding of a variety of specialized areas of law. Students learn the elements of tort and the concept of negligence. Principles of contract law and the essentials of drafting simple contracts are included. 45.0
LAW2245L Legal Research I Effective preparation for court appearances, as well as providing advice to clients requires research of relevant law. Students learn to use traditional and electronic resources to locate primary sources of law. The Court system, sources of law, case citation rules and basic retrieval methods are introduced. 30.0
LAW2265L Legal Computer Applications I Students learn the essentials of the computer operating system, presentation software, spreadsheet application software, personal information management software and word processing software. Students prepare a variety of documents relevant to the work of legal professionals. Emphasis is placed on instructions, formatting, accuracy, proofreading, time management and production. Students achieve a minimum keyboarding speed of 40 words per minute. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ACC2292L Legal Accounting Students become familiar with the recording of basic accounting transactions in a manual accounting system. Students also learn to set up a reporting system for a law firm, as well as record transactions using PC Law software. Some basic skills using spreadsheet software are also covered. 45.0
ENL1813B Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
LAW2206L Family Law Law clerks assist lawyers in the preparation of appropriate documentation for the creation, as well as the breakdown of domestic relations through domestic contracts, separation and divorce. Using relevant software, and knowledge of substantive law and procedures, students learn to prepare court documents and contracts for family law matters. 45.0
LAW2231L Landlord and Tenant Students are introduced to the legislation and contracts which govern the landlord and tenant relationship, as well as the forms and procedures utilized to resolve disputes. The role of and regulation by the provincial administrative tribunal is reviewed. 45.0
LAW2260L Legal Research II Effective preparation for court appearances, as well as providing advice to clients requires research of relevant law. Students learn to use traditional and electronic resources to conduct research. Analysis of primary sources of law, use of secondary sources of law, briefing of cases and preparation of research memoranda are introduced.

Prerequisites: LAW2245L
LAW2270L Legal Computer Applications II Students continue to develop their skills using word processing software. Using advanced word processing software functions, students prepare a variety of documents relevant to the work of legal professionals. Emphasis is placed on instructions, formatting, accuracy, proofreading, time management and production. Students achieve a minimum keyboarding speed of 50 words per minute.

Prerequisites: LAW2265L
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0220 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003 or GED5003
Level: 03 Hours
LAW0032L Real Estate Procedures Students learn the theory behind real estate applications and apply real estate knowledge by preparing a complete client file involving the purchase and sale of a property using specialized legal software and word processing software. Use of electronic title search and registration systems are introduced, as well as the principles of title insurance. 60.0
LAW0033L Corporate Law Corporations are a form of business organization recognized and regulated by law. Using applicable legal software, students learn the substantive framework to prepare documents to create corporations, maintain proper corporate records and the procedures to terminate the corporate existence. The legal implications of alternative forms of business organization are explored. 60.0
LAW0035L Evidence Through a review of basic concepts, key legislation and fundamental principles, students learn the rules of evidence and their application in the litigation process. Students examine different types of evidence, issues relating to the presentation and preservation of evidence, and ethical considerations relevant to the gathering, admissibility, interpretation and presentation of evidence. Using current resources within the legal environment, students learn to apply best legal practices for evidentiary management. 45.0
LAW2222L Civil Procedures I Litigation in the civil courts requires an understanding of the jurisdiction and procedural requirements of the numerous courts at the provincial level. Students gain knowledge of relevant documents and procedural rules by attending at court and producing documentation through a variety of simulated exercises. 60.0
English General Education Elective: choose 1 Hours
ENL1725 The Writing of Canadian Identity Canadian identity is challenging to define, but depictions of our multicultural society are found and explored in our writing. This course explores the importance of writers' perceptions of Canada, how they promote their ideas through publishing, and how those published works affect Canadian society. Students are introduced to a wide range of writing with the dual aim of exploring the theme of Canadian identity while enhancing students' cultural and self-awareness. Through assigned readings, discussion, presentations and essay writing, students investigate the role of the artist in defining and shaping society. 45.0
ENL1726 Language and Culture: Studying the Power of Text From its use in contemporary art, advertising, social media, song lyrics, marketing, and literature, language and text have been used to express and evoke the entire range of human thoughts, reaction, and emotion. In this interactive, discussion-based course, students analyze and critique the use of language and the visual aspects of text as a form of expression. Through an examination of traditional and contemporary approaches to text, students will develop an understanding of how language and text influence expression, culture, and mass media. To complete their experience, students create and annotate an outlet for their own text-based artistic expression, using a medium of their choice. 45.0
ENL1798 Contemporary Canadian Issues A critical understanding of contemporary Canadian issues is essential to being an active member in our democratic society. Students explore a variety of topics and analyze their ethical implications and relevance to Canadian life. Discussions and debates, as well as related interactive activities, offer opportunities to consider recent controversies from different perspectives. Use of a variety of media (e.g. newspapers, articles and electronic resources) allows for in-depth reflection on the history of current social and political issues. 45.0
ENL1825 Communication Dynamics Social psychology involves the study of individuals, groups, or organizations and their interpersonal or impersonal connections with others. Participants in this course consider various readings/texts in order to explore notions of self-concept, as well as human behavior such as conformity, obedience and persuasion. Special attention is paid to readings/texts which deal with individuals' inner experiences, thoughts, feelings, emotions and introspections. Case studies allow students to reflect and build upon their own observations and experiences. 45.0
Level: 04 Hours
LAW0034L Client Relations for Law Clerks Law clerks are often the point of first contact with clients in a variety of settings. The ability to appreciate the client's concerns, to act equitably and justly with diverse populations, and to deal with a variety of situations leads to a successful relationship between the client and the organization. Principles of active listening, effective interviewing techniques, professional communication strategies, and client record keeping are presented in an interactive fashion. Students learn to effectively organize and manage a variety of responsibilities using proficient interpersonal and human resource skills. Requirements of confidentiality, privacy, human rights laws and the Law Society's Rules of Professional Conduct are introduced. 45.0
LAW2207L Administrative and Federal Court Practice The implementation of a multitude of government policy initiatives and procedures has been delegated to a wide variety of administrative bodies, including boards and tribunals. Procedural issues related to bringing matters before boards and tribunals will be examined at both the federal and provincial levels. Through the application of the relevant rules of practice, students will learn to draft a variety of documents relating to complaints and applications, and subsequent appeals or applications for judicial review. Students will also explore the relevant rules of procedures applicable to general federal courts practice. 60.0
LAW2232L Civil Procedures II Applying the relevant rules of civil procedure, students learn to draft a variety of court documents from the initiation of an action to final disposition or appeal. Principles of file organization, time docketing, categories of costs and calculation of interest are included.

Prerequisites: LAW2222L
LAW2254L Estate Administration and Procedures Administration of an individual's affairs by another can occur at a time of mental incapacity or at death. Students learn the applicable legislation and procedures relating to power of attorney, preparation of wills and the administration of an estate. Procedures in circumstances where there is no will or attorney appointed are also considered. 60.0
LAW2259L Debtors' and Creditors' Rights Resolution of issues arising between debtors and creditors requires consideration of a wide variety of legislation designed to protect the respective interests of the parties. In addition to the legislation, students learn about securing credit, collections and enforcement of court judgments and the related documentation. Procedures in the Small Claims Court, where many of these disputes are litigated, are introduced.

Prerequisites: LAW2222L

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $4,805.30. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $14,331.34. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit

Books and supplies cost approximately $1,300 per year and can be purchased at the campus store.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants are expected to have basic computer keyboarding skills.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

    Application Information

    Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
    60 Corporate Court
    Guelph, Ontario
    N1G 5J3

    Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

    Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

    International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

    For further information on the admissions process, contact:

    Registrar`s Office
    Algonquin College
    1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
    Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
    Telephone: 613-727-0002
    Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
    TTY: 613-727-7766
    Fax: 613-727-7632

    Additional Information

    Students seeking exemptions or Advanced Standing for courses in the program should consult with the coordinator of the program prior to taking the course to determine whether the course content of the proposed transfer credit matches the course outcomes of the course in the program of study. While courses may have similar titles, it is not to be assumed that credit is granted. Course outlines, as well as course descriptions need to be assessed to determine transferability of credit. A minimum grade requirement is applicable.

    Note: Courses may be scheduled at anytime between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

    Note: A Criminal Records Check may be required for placement and employment purposes.

    For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Victoria Barney at 613-727-4723 ext. 5110 or

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time