Law Clerk

Program Title – Law Clerk


Program Codes
NORT-B258-CH – Contact North Haileybury
NORT-B256-HL – Haileybury Campus
NORT-B258W-CH January Intake Contact North Haileybury
NORT-B256W-HL January Intake Haileybury Campus

Program Description
This diploma program offers the student the opportunity to study subject areas necessary to prepare for a career in a law office or related environments, such as legal departments of government and industry. The program focuses on real estate, wills and estates, family and litigation law. This program has both a fall and a winter semester intake. The faculty members are lawyers and law office professionals.

The Law Clerk Program provides an example of multiple strategies for online learning and student success. This program provides flexibility for returning or mature learners by offering fall and winter intakes. The two-year diploma Law Clerk program is offered synchronously through web conferencing using Saba Meeting e-classroom provided by Contact North | Contact Nord. Classes have a regular schedule and students can log into the live classroom from any personal location or Northern College campus.

Through this online web format, students can see the professor and have the option of sharing their image. Saba’s app sharing tool allows for PowerPoint slide presentations, images, documents and includes a virtual whiteboard. This virtual classroom also provides for chats, polling, verbal and written communication among students and professor. For additional flexibility and access, programs are recorded for student use and review.

Courses in the Law Clerk program are supported asynchronously through the college’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn.  Course materials are uploaded online. Students can join discussion boards, share documents, and connect with the professor and other students.

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Delivery Method/Experience by Campus

Location: Contact North Satellite Sites – administered from the Haileybury campus. Delivery: All instructors are offsite and all lectures are provided by distance through video and/or web-based platforms.
Location: Haileybury Campus. Delivery: Some courses may be delivered to you by onsite, face-to-face instructors, however most instructors are located at other locations and will provide lectures to you through video or web-based platforms.
Location: Contact North Satellite Sites – administered from the Haileybury campus. Delivery: All instructors are offsite and all lectures are provided by distance through video and/or web-based platforms.
Location: Haileybury Campus. Delivery: Some courses may be delivered to you by onsite, face-to-face instructors, however most instructors are located at other locations and will provide lectures to you through video or web-based platforms.

Contact Information
Program Coordinator
Voula Zafiris, M.Ed.
Tel: 705-672-3376 ext. 8838
zafirisv@northern.on.ca

Eliisa Ollila, Distance Learning Officer
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext. 3671
hldisted@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Law Clerk Fall Intake B256 and B258
Semester 1
IN1013 Computer Applications I
LC1013 Law Office Management
LC1063 Real Estate Law I
PL1053 Legal Communications
PH2013 Critical Thinking
LC 3093 Estate Law

Semester 2
LC2033 Legal Software
LC2043 Family Law
LC2083 Legal Interviewing
PL2053 Canadian Law
PL2063 Legal Ethics
SE6023 Conflict Management

Semester 3
AC1104 Legal Accounting
LC3001 Placement (120 Hours over 2 semesters)
LC3043 Intro to Corporate Procedures
LC3083 Litigation Law
PL4013 Provincial Offences
PL4023 Criminal Law
PL1063 Torts and Contracts

Semester 4
LC2063 Real Estate Law II
LC3033 Debtor-Creditor Procedures
LC4043 Corporate Procedures II
PL4003 Legal Research
PL2023 Employment Law
GN1223 Canadian Indigenous Relations


LAW CLERK Winter Intake B256W, B258W, and B296W
Semester 1
IN1013 Computer Applications
LC2043 Family Law
PL1053 Legal Communications
PL2053 Canadian Law
SE6023 Conflict Management
PL1063 Torts & Contracts

Semester 2
LC1013 Law Office Management
LC1063 Real Estate Law I
LC3042 Corporate Procedures I
LC3083 Litigation Law
LC3093 Estate Law
PH2013 Critical Thinking

Semester 3
LC2033 Legal Software
LC2083 Legal Interviewing
LC4043 Corporate Procedures II
PL4003 Legal Research
PL2023 Employment Law
GN1223 Canadian Indigenous Relations
LC3001 Placement (120 hours over 2 semesters)

Semester 4
AC1104 Legal Accounting
LC2063 Real Estate Law II
LC3033 Debtor-Creditor Procedures
PL4013 Provincial Offences
PL4023 Criminal Law
PL2063 Legal Ethics

PL2023 Employment Law
This course provides fundamental and practical understanding of the key legal issues that arise between employers and non-unionized employees. The student will review the content and interpretation of relevant employment-related statutes and examine the underlying contractual relationship between the workplace parties, and the implications of applying general principles of contract law to that relationship.

IN1013 Computer Applications I
This is an introductory course in the study of computers and software. Students will learn the components that make up a computer system. Software packages including Windows XP, Microsoft word 2007, Microsoft Excel 2007 and Explorer will be taught. Students will learn how to produce correspondence, memoranda and legal documents. Examination of the Internet as an information vehicle and electronic mail are also covered. This course is common in many programs therefore students should expect minor variations from the description presented here.

PH2103 Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
Critical Thinking/Problem solving will enable the learner to assess the arguments of others by equipping them with the skills to asses the truth claims put forward in support of a conclusion and to assess the structure and consistency of the argument itself. The learner will discover how to effectively construct arguments to advocate for their own positions. As a result, the learner will hone their ability to critique the claims of others, to understand and articulate their own opinions, and to make the best decision in a given set of circumstances.

LC1013 Law Office Management
This course will focus on the management of law office/department and office etiquette and enable students to identify and work with time management, file management, and client accounts. It will also introduce the student to legal terminology and citation, legal correspondence, and legal documents. The course will provide the student with techniques to organize job searches, draft cover letters, and tailor resumes specifically for law firms.

LC1063 Introduction to Real Estate Law
This course is designed to enable students to understand the steps and procedures of a residential real estate transaction and the purpose of each stage. Emphasis is placed on the law clerk’s role and responsibilities in this process.

PL1053 Legal Communications
The legal communications and research course is designed to provide the law clerk student with the opportunity to improve their writing skills and to be come familiar with various forms of communication required of law clerks and legal assistants. Course material will focus on improving verbal and written skills with an emphasis on spelling, grammar, listening and speaking skills. The fundamentals of writing and formatting memos and letters will also be addressed.

PL1063 Torts & Contracts
This is a course that will focus on intentional torts including interference with economic relations and malicious prosecution along with the understanding of unintentional torts such as negligence. It will also deal with various factors that form a contract and what affects those contracts. The sale of goods legislation and the various consumer protection provisions will also be examined.

LC2033 Legal Software
This course is designed to enable students to understand and practise the computer applications that are essential in the legal environment. Emphasis is placed on legal software that are used in the majority of law offices, especially software for real estate transactions, will and estates and legal research.

LC2043 Family Law
This course will provide the student with a background in the history of family law in Ontario and an overview of marriage breakdown, spousal and child support, financial disclosure, child access and custody, the Family Law Rules, separation agreements and equitable property rights.

LC2083 Legal Interviewing
This course will focus on legal client interviewing. The student will understand the varying issues, needs and emotions that legal clients experience and will learn which techniques should be employed with individual clients.

PL2053 Canadian Law
This course will introduce students to some of the essential features of Canada’s legal system. It will focus on the Constitution Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights.

AC1104 Legal Accounting
Hands-on training in fundamental accounting concepts as applied in law firms, and using the legal industry standard of PC Law legal accounting software. Students develop an understanding of general and trust accounts, including the Law Society of Upper Canada’s requirements and the obligations related to trust accounts, preservation of client property and withdrawal of trust monies.

LC3043 Introduction to Corporate Procedures
Students are introduced to Ontario and Canadian corporate law. Emphasis on its practical application in the law office setting. Students learn steps and procedures involved in common corporate transactions and the law clerk’s role and responsibilities in the process; to prepare for shareholders’ and directors’ meetings; draft annual corporate resolutions, assist with corporate reorganizations; and conduct due diligence in commercial transactions.

LC3001 Fieldwork Placement
Under the guidance of the Law Clerk program faculty members and their field school supervisor, students will apply and demonstrate in a real-world work setting the theories and techniques which they have learned.

LC3083 Litigation Law
An overview of the civil court process in Ontario, including a civil law suit, procedures proper to the commencement of proceedings, client management and interviewing, the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedures and the Courts of Justice Act, drafting of pleadings, service of court documents, motions and summary judgment. Other topics include: discovery and trial rules and procedures, overview of oral and documentary discovery, pre-trial procedures, trial preparation and trial procedure, case management, mandatory mediation and simplified rules procedures, motor vehicle litigation, and insurance claims.

PL4013 Provincial Offences
This course examines scenarios to determine the appropriate enforcement action for the most common provincial statutes. Topics studied will include arrest, search and seizure authorities, common offences and the involvement of non police agencies.

PL4023 Criminal Law
This course will introduce students to basic substantive law concepts and criminal procedures within the Canadian criminal justice system. The student will analyze the elements of an offence, classify offences and identify possible defences in criminal cases.

LC2063 Real Estate Law II
This course will examine the agreement of purchase and sale or offer and its terms that are negotiated between the parties. The importance of title insurance will be examined and how it all fits into the elements of the real estate transaction. It will also examine the steps needed to analyze the title search and the responses to inquiry letters. Finally, the course will deal with all the documents that are required to be completed in a residential real estate transaction. It will also examine the closing and post-closing procedures of the transaction and some unusual residential transactions.

LC3033 Debtor-Creditor Procedures
This course exposes students to the steps undertaken during the debt collection process. Topics include judgment enforcement at the small claims court and Superior court levels, construction liens, bankruptcy and residential tenancy rights and remedies.

LC4043 Advanced Corporate Procedures
The course will provide those students who have gained basic knowledge of corporate procedure and practice with a detailed analysis of advanced corporate matters. The student will learn to prepare for shareholders’ and directors’ meetings and draft annual corporate resolutions. The student will also develop the ability to assist in corporate reorganizations, as well as, conduct due diligence in commercial transactions.

LC3093 Estate Law
This course introduces students to will clauses and interpretation, intestacy, power of attorney for property, and powers of attorney for personal care. Next: estate administration and estate litigation including common forms of proof for an estate trustee, applying for a certificate of appointment, estate administration tax, asset collection, notifying and paying creditors, accounting to beneficiaries and procedures used to challenge the validity of a will.

PL4003 Legal Research – Prerequisite: PL1053 Legal Communications
This course will provide those students who have gained basic knowledge of legal communications with a detailed analysis of advanced legal research and writing techniques and styles. The student will learn to identify legal issues and determine the correct research tools, in both paper and computerized format, to analyze and understand those issues. The student will develop the ability to locate, read and analyze legislation, regulations and case law and to draft legal memoranda.

PL2063 Legal Ethics
This course will provide students with a framework within which to analyze the legal dilemmas that lawyers face. Case studies and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s guidelines will be used to focus on lawyer-client confidentiality and expectations, conflicts of interest, client perjury and how lawyers choose and refuse clients. This course will also examine the paralegal practice in Ontario including the paralegal governance and the ethics and professional practice a paralegal is bound by; duty to client, confidentiality and ethical advocacy. There is an emphasis on general principles of practice management including the financial management of an independent paralegal practice.

SE6023 Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution
This general education course is designed to have the learner understand that conflict is a natural phenomenon, present in all relationships in one’s life and work and community. Learners will learn how to focus on achieving common goals, on prevention by design, and how apply current models of conflict resolution, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, problem solving, and group facilitation techniques to appropriate situations.

GN1223 Canadian Indigenous Relations
This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of aboriginal rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services.

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