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Paralegal

Play an important role in the legal field by enrolling in Eastern College’s Paralegal diploma program. Graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for careers in law firms, government agencies, or the court system.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 4 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    Type

    Diploma

    Duration

    77 Weeks

    Internship

    8 Weeks

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    The Paralegal diploma program equips you with the fundamental knowledge of Canada’s legal system. As a paralegal you can work in various areas such as real estate, immigration, intellectual property, bankruptcy, criminal, and family law. Develop real-world work experience through an 8-week internship so that you graduate with the skills and experience that employers want.

     

    Career Opportunities

    The Paralegal program will qualify grads to pursue positions within law firms, administrative tribunals, government agencies, legal aid clinics and the courts.

    Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

    • Thompson & Thompson Law 
    • Foster & Company 
    • Foreign Canada 
    • Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia 
    • Department of Justice 
    • Office of the Attorney General

    Salary

    86 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 21

    Average Wage/hr**

    $ 31

    High Wage/hr**

    *Employment Rate based on 2019 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

    Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

    NOC Code: 4211 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar and based on Nova Scotia data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in July 2021.

    Available Learning Options

    At Eastern College, you can choose the learning option that meets your needs. This program is currently available in:

    In-Class

    Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.

    Paralegal

    Duration: 77 Weeks

    Internship: 8 Weeks

    Program Outline NS

    Remote

    Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.

    Paralegal

    Duration: 77 Weeks

    Internship: 8 Weeks

    Program Outline NB

    Program Details

    Paralegals boast one of the highest employment rates in Canada, and provide an essential roster of services for law firms. Law firms, the court system, and the legal departments of large corporations all rely on Paralegals, and a legal assistant program like our Paralegal diploma lets you work alongside lawyers to assist with legal matters. If you have a keen interest in Canada’s legal system and legal field, Eastern College’s Paralegal diploma program will teach you the knowledge and skills you need for one of the most in-demand legal careers in Canada. You will learn how to prepare legal documents, maintain records and files, and how to carry out legal research. You’ll also gain practical, hands-on experience through an 8-week internship so you can graduate confident, job-ready, and with real-world experience. Modules covered in the paralegal courses will provide you with expertise in legal terminology, major areas of practice, and the code of ethics and professional behaviour required for success.

    Every lawyer and every law firm has a great team working hard with them behind the scenes. Contact us today for more information about becoming a paralegal!

    Course Listings: New Brunswick
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Bookkeeping Fundamentals
    This module introduces fundamental bookkeeping principles and practices for small businesses. Students will study the accounting equation, account categories, the debit and credit system of bookkeeping, and correcting entries. Regular business transactions and adjusting journal entries are recorded, and the trial balance and basic financial statements are prepared.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Communication
    Excellent communication skills are essential in the smooth operation of a business office. In this module, the emphasis is not on the memorization of the rules governing the English language but on the application of basic conventions to produce grammatically correct communications. With this emphasis on clear expression of thought and intent, topics covered include grammar, spelling, punctuation, proofreading and editing, the communication process, written and oral communication techniques, overcoming communication barriers, written and oral routine orders, inquiries and replies, delivering good and bad news; communication within an organization (upward, lateral, and downward) and using technology as a communication tool (fax, email and messaging).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Law
    An introduction to Canadian business law is provided through a blended lecture and a case study approach. Emphasis is on the application of the law to practical business situations. Topics for discussion include the Canadian legal system, torts affecting property, torts affecting a person, unintentional negligence, the formation of contracts, factors affecting the contractual relationship, and factors that end the contractual relationship. Other topics include the sale of goods and consumer protection, statutes concerning securing debt, and bankruptcy, agency, partnership, and incorporation, regulations pertaining to personal and real property, and legislation regarding copyright, patents, trade-marks, and industrial design.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Law
    An introduction to Canadian business law is provided through a blended lecture and a case study approach. Emphasis is on the application of the law to practical business situations. Topics for discussion include the Canadian legal system, torts affecting property, torts affecting a person, unintentional negligence, the formation of contracts, factors affecting the contractual relationship, and factors that end the contractual relationship. Other topics include the sale of goods and consumer protection, statutes concerning securing debt, and bankruptcy, agency, partnership, and incorporation, regulations pertaining to personal and real property, and legislation regarding copyright, patents, trade-marks, and industrial design.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Math
    This module provides the students with an understanding of arithmetic, mathematics, and measurements used in common business and industry environments. At the end of the module the student will be able to define whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages; become familiar with equations and formulae; and learn the use of graphs..
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Civil Litigation
    In this module students are introduced to the court system within the province. Subjects include an emphasis on the civil courts and litigation as a process for dispute resolution, at both the small claims and senior trial court levels, including the role and interaction of the rules of court and court forms. Students are also introduced to the emerging fields of ADR [Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms] such as mediation and arbitration as alternatives to litigation. The module takes a wholistic approach to the processing of a civil action from the originating process to the bill of costs, as well as review of pre-trial procedural steps (i.e. motions, discovery of documents, oral examination for discovery, and use of court-based settlement mechanisms such as pre-trial settlement conferences. The module is focused on the role of support staff in document production and the management of various stages and steps in the civil litigation process. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Civil Litigation
    In this module students are introduced to the court system within the province. Subjects include an emphasis on the civil courts and litigation as a process for dispute resolution, at both the small claims and senior trial court levels, including the role and interaction of the rules of court and court forms. Students are also introduced to the emerging fields of ADR [Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms] such as mediation and arbitration as alternatives to litigation. The module takes a wholistic approach to the processing of a civil action from the originating process to the bill of costs, as well as review of pre-trial procedural steps (i.e. motions, discovery of documents, oral examination for discovery, and use of court-based settlement mechanisms such as pre-trial settlement conferences. The module is focused on the role of support staff in document production and the management of various stages and steps in the civil litigation process. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Corporate & Commercial Law
    This module introduces the various forms of business ownership, including proprietorships and partnerships, franchises, licenses, and joint ventures, along with the steps required to incorporate, including incorporation and organization procedures, maintenance of the minute book and post incorporation matters, corporate structure and corporate documentation. Additionally, basic legal procedures and documents associated with buying and selling business assets, commercial transactions and instruments, along with the registration of a security interest in personal property, including the Personal Property Security Act, are discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Corporate & Commercial Law
    This module introduces the various forms of business ownership, including proprietorships and partnerships, franchises, licenses, and joint ventures, along with the steps required to incorporate, including incorporation and organization procedures, maintenance of the minute book and post incorporation matters, corporate structure and corporate documentation. Additionally, basic legal procedures and documents associated with buying and selling business assets, commercial transactions and instruments, along with the registration of a security interest in personal property, including the Personal Property Security Act, are discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
    This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
    This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Law and Summary Conviction Procedure
    This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of Canadian criminal law. Concepts explored include Federal statutes which create offenses, jurisdiction over substantive criminal law, procedure and the administration of the courts. Students also explore the organization of the court system, and the role of the components of our criminal law system; as well as the precepts of the Charter which apply. Other areas examined include the Criminal Code, the interpretation of the offenses, procedure and sentence options. Students are also introduced to Summary Conviction procedures (i.e. summary conviction matters exclusive of hybrid, super summary charges where the possible sentence is greater than 6 months imprisonment).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Law and Summary Conviction Procedure
    This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of Canadian criminal law. Concepts explored include Federal statutes which create offenses, jurisdiction over substantive criminal law, procedure and the administration of the courts. Students also explore the organization of the court system, and the role of the components of our criminal law system; as well as the precepts of the Charter which apply. Other areas examined include the Criminal Code, the interpretation of the offenses, procedure and sentence options. Students are also introduced to Summary Conviction procedures (i.e. summary conviction matters exclusive of hybrid, super summary charges where the possible sentence is greater than 6 months imprisonment).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Document Formatting
    Students practice identifying and applying standard formatting to a variety of typical business documents, while continuing to develop their keyboarding speed and accuracy along with their proofreading skills. Formatting of business documents includes practice with block-style and modified block-style letters, memoranda, reports bound and unbound, reports with lists and displayed text, memo style reports, formal reports (including title page, table of contents, bibliography, etc.), purchase orders, press releases, agendas, minutes of meetings, itineraries and various types of envelopes. Keyboarding drills and timings, as well as practice with language arts, are also included.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Family Law
    This module offers an overview of statutory provisions, including the Divorce Act, and Provincial legislation governing the resolution of family law matters for unmarried persons, as well as an introduction to legislation governing marital property division. Students are introduced to the function and purpose of drafting, preparation, and execution of domestic contracts in the consensual resolution of family law matters. Students are tasked with the preparation of the required documents to commence a divorce proceeding, and documents required to initiate family law proceedings under provincial legislation. Specific topics include court jurisdictions in family law matters, contested and uncontested family law proceedings.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Family Law
    This module offers an overview of statutory provisions, including the Divorce Act, and Provincial legislation governing the resolution of family law matters for unmarried persons, as well as an introduction to legislation governing marital property division. Students are introduced to the function and purpose of drafting, preparation, and execution of domestic contracts in the consensual resolution of family law matters. Students are tasked with the preparation of the required documents to commence a divorce proceeding, and documents required to initiate family law proceedings under provincial legislation. Specific topics include court jurisdictions in family law matters, contested and uncontested family law proceedings.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Paralegal
    On successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed on field placement at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their newly developed knowledge and skills in a real-world environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Image Development
    This module teaches the student how to develop and manage a professional image. Topics include: appearance-visual and verbal, interpersonal interaction, business etiquette, and networking skills. At the end of the module, students will have an appreciation and understanding of the importance of a professional image in the business environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Interviewing, Researching & Writing
    Topics include types and sources of research materials, computer assisted research, and preparation of legal memoranda. Instruction is provided on techniques used to locate statutes, regulations and cases, citation of cases and statutory authorities. General rules of style in legal writing are reviewed. Students will be given a legal research topic on which they will produce a memorandum. Additionally, students will practice interviewing and fact gathering, as well as the principles of negotiation.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. IT in the Law Office
    Topics include an overview of software programs currently available in the legal marketplace and in common usage in law office environments. Particular emphasis will be placed on software tools designed to work with the creation, management and conversion of portable document format [PDF] files and the use of cutting-edge voice dictation/transcription software. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Law Office Procedures, Management, & Accounting
    This module introduces the student to the law-office environment and the day-to-day procedures affecting all support staff. Current methods and software tools for document creation, editing, storage, and management in the law office environment are covered, with an emphasis on the development of practical skills necessary to be a competent legal administrative assistant. Topics include the role of the lawyer and the role of legal support staff, the principle of confidentiality, trust versus general accounting, the tickler (reminder) system, file management, time sheets, telephone techniques, managing accounts, legal correspondence, legal letter composition and punctuation, memoranda and legal instruments. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Ethics
    This course explores the Professional Code of Conduct and the Uniform Trust Account Rules required for legal professionals practicing in the field. Students will also study ethics involved in client confidentiality as well as the importance of maintenance of the trust account.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Ethics
    This course explores the Professional Code of Conduct and the Uniform Trust Account Rules required for legal professionals practicing in the field. Students will also study ethics involved in client confidentiality as well as the importance of maintenance of the trust account.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Law Office Procedures, Management, & Accounting
    This module introduces the student to the law-office environment and the day-to-day procedures affecting all support staff. Current methods and software tools for document creation, editing, storage, and management in the law office environment are covered, with an emphasis on the development of practical skills necessary to be a competent legal administrative assistant. Topics include the role of the lawyer and the role of legal support staff, the principle of confidentiality, trust versus general accounting, the tickler (reminder) system, file management, time sheets, telephone techniques, managing accounts, legal correspondence, legal letter composition and punctuation, memoranda and legal instruments. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Office Skills
    The daily routines of a modern business office are examined, and the skills necessary to assist in the smooth operation of the office are presented. A variety of learning methods may be used including lecture, discussion, role-plays, case studies and work simulations. Topics include the role of office support personnel, professional and reception skills, information management, incoming and outgoing mail procedures and office filing systems.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Real Estate Law
    This module focuses on the purchase, sale, and mortgaging of residential property and the preparation of all documents needed to facilitate such transactions, including typical correspondence. Students will be given practical classroom assignments illustrating the role and functions of the paralegal when representing a purchaser or vendor. Topics include an explanation of the land registry and land title systems, the interplay between the two, as well as hands-on training in the navigation and use of provincial on-line electronic databases used for the electronic searching and transfer of title to real property. Students will also be sensitized to the purpose and function of the contract of purchase and sale in relation to the rights and obligations of the parties in real estate transactions, including problem-solving skills in relation to issues raised by the latter.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Real Estate Law
    This module focuses on the purchase, sale, and mortgaging of residential property and the preparation of all documents needed to facilitate such transactions, including typical correspondence. Students will be given practical classroom assignments illustrating the role and functions of the paralegal when representing a purchaser or vendor. Topics include an explanation of the land registry and land title systems, the interplay between the two, as well as hands-on training in the navigation and use of provincial on-line electronic databases used for the electronic searching and transfer of title to real property. Students will also be sensitized to the purpose and function of the contract of purchase and sale in relation to the rights and obligations of the parties in real estate transactions, including problem-solving skills in relation to issues raised by the latter.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Database Management
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Access. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, including creating and modifying database tables, defining table relationships, sorting data, creating simple and advanced queries, creating and formatting forms and reports, and creating and running macros.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Presentations
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Spreadsheets
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Wills and Estates
    This module provides an overview of the legal principles and practices governing a typical solicitor's practice including the making of a will, and enduring powers of attorney for health care and/or asset management. Students will learn the terminology used in wills and powers of attorney, the steps in preparation and execution of wills and powers of attorney. Other aspects of estate planning considered include the law of intestacy, and the role of codicils, and holograph wills. Students are introduced conceptually and legislatively to the process and purpose of a grant of letters probate and administration, as well as the purpose and function of legislation governing the legal validity of Wills, dependent relief claims against estates, and the governing legislation dealing with intestacy. The principal perspective of the module is on the role of the solicitor and his/her support staff in relation to estate planning.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Wills and Estates
    This module provides an overview of the legal principles and practices governing a typical solicitor's practice including the making of a will, and enduring powers of attorney for health care and/or asset management. Students will learn the terminology used in wills and powers of attorney, the steps in preparation and execution of wills and powers of attorney. Other aspects of estate planning considered include the law of intestacy, and the role of codicils, and holograph wills. Students are introduced conceptually and legislatively to the process and purpose of a grant of letters probate and administration, as well as the purpose and function of legislation governing the legal validity of Wills, dependent relief claims against estates, and the governing legislation dealing with intestacy. The principal perspective of the module is on the role of the solicitor and his/her support staff in relation to estate planning.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Writing for Comprehension
    Through lectures, textbook exercises, and classroom labs, this module teaches students the skills and knowledge necessary to apply basic business writing skills when creating various memos; routine letters; good news letters; persuasive and bad news letters; presentations; and meeting agendas.
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Bookkeeping Fundamentals
    In this module you will explore fundamental bookkeeping principles and practices for small businesses. You will apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to financial statements and demonstrate how each principle impacts the transactional recording and the business, both directly and indirectly. You will make journal entries and record transactions in the General Ledger. You will manage accounts receivable and accounts payable. You will track the use and dispensation of petty cash in journal entries. You will also calculate the correct amount to pay for taxes and remittance to the CRA. You will practice cross-referencing for a bank reconciliation and correct any errors. By completing this module, you will attain the skills necessary to perform basic bookkeeping procedures and use basic bookkeeping terminology.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business English
    In this course, you will develop professional communication skills in a business setting using MS Office including Word and Outlook. You will apply proper grammar to create and review appropriate business documents such as emails, memos, letters, reports, text messages, and social media posts for company websites, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. You will practice grammar, spelling, and error correction while developing clear and concise writing skills. You will rewrite and edit professional documents while demonstrating spelling accuracy, proper capitalization, and punctuation. You will recognize and correct commonly misspelled words. Furthermore, you will explore sentence elements such as modifiers, connectors, and sequencers to write brief and jargon-free business messages. You will distinguish active and passive voice to write effective sentences. You will also review and incorporate inclusive language to avoid biases and discrimination. Using a range of grammatical structures, you will adopt and follow modern business communication standards.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Law
    A comprehensive survey course of Canadian law from a business perspective is provided through a blended lecture and case study approach. Emphasis is on the application of the law to practical business situations. Topics for discussion include the Canadian legal system, torts affecting property, torts affecting a person, unintentional negligence, the formation of contracts, factors affecting the contractual relationship, and factors that end the contractual relationship. Other topics include the sale of goods and consumer protection, statutes concerning securing debt, bankruptcy, agency, partnership, and incorporation, regulations pertaining to personal and real property, and legislation regarding copyright, patents, trademarks, and industrial design. You will show your comprehension of key concepts through contract drafting exercises and presentations that summarize and analyze tort law cases.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Math
    This course reviews and introduces basic and intermediate math concepts including the relationships between the following operations: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and decimals, percentages, and fractions. You will complete a variety of textbook readings, LinkedIn Learning and Khan Academy videos, worksheets, word problems, as well as two in-class assignments and two tests to ensure you are able to apply these math concepts to complete a variety of common business math operations. The first week focuses on a brief review of basic operations, fractions, and decimals while learning to decipher and complete word problems. The second week then looks at percentages, ratios, equations, and graphs to provide a robust review of key operations, word problems, and common business math requirements. This includes calculating costs, interest, budgets, and measurements, with a focus on transportation, nutrition, and costing. Throughout the course, you will complete work with and without a calculator to ensure you have mastered concepts and can complete operations efficiently and accurately in a work environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Civil Litigation
    In this module, you are introduced to the court system within the province. Subjects include an emphasis on the civil courts and litigation as a process for dispute resolution at both the small claims and senior trial court levels, including the role and interaction of the rules of court and court forms. You are also introduced to the emerging fields of ADR [Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms] such as mediation and arbitration as alternatives to litigation. The module takes a wholistic approach to the processing of a civil action from the originating process to the bill of costs, as well as review of pre-trial procedural steps (such as motions, discovery of documents, oral examination for discovery, and use of court-based settlement mechanisms such as pre-trial settlement conferences). The module is focused on the role of support staff in document production and the management of various stages and steps in the civil litigation process. You will be evaluated through document drafting exercises and the completion of an Affidavit of Document.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Corporate & Commercial Law
    This module introduces the various forms of business ownership, including proprietorships and partnerships, franchises, licences, and joint ventures. This module also covers the steps required to incorporate, including incorporation and organization procedures, maintenance of the minute book and post incorporation matters, corporate structure, and corporate documentation. Additionally, basic legal procedures and documents associated with buying and selling business assets, commercial transactions, and instruments, along with the registration of a security interest in personal property, including the Personal Property Security Act, are discussed. You will apply your skills in practical drafting exercises and in completing incorporation documents.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communication for Professionals
    In this course, you will acquire professional writing skills for standard business communication in today’s office environment. You will review and prepare error-free emails, memos, letters, reports, text messages, and social media posts. You will develop clear and concise message communication across various channels such as email and oral presentations. You will improve your skills using MS Office, including Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. You will also practice writing business posts for various social media platforms including blogs on company websites, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. You will recognize and adopt the standard tone for formal business writing: polite, direct, succinct, and simple. In addition, you will adopt an efficient business writing process that includes audience analysis, research, message planning and organization, and draft review and editing. You will differentiate between persuasive writing and negative news sharing and write using both approaches. During the course you will plan and write a business presentation using PowerPoint or alternative presentation software such as Prezi or Canva. You will incorporate your newly acquired written communication skills to deliver a clear and concise oral presentation. By completing this module, you will develop your written and oral business communication skills and improve your confidence to succeed in any professional setting.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
    This module will introduce you to and provide practice in using the tools required for a successful job search. The concepts covered in this module will help you maintain a career-focused approach throughout your studies so that you are better prepared to conduct a job search after graduating. Specifically, you will learn how to identify your soft and hard skills and how to articulate your abilities in a clear and concise Elevator Pitch that will appeal to employers and resonate with industry contacts. You will learn about the job search resources available to you including using career websites, creating Linked In profiles, accessing the “hidden” job market, and networking. You will examine sample resumes and cover letters and begin the process of creating your own professional resumes and cover letters that align with current conventions for content, organization, and formatting. You will also learn about the role of references, thank you letters, workplace philosophies, and strategies for success including maintaining a professional image and using proper etiquette when communicating with potential employers and industry contacts. An introduction to Occupational Health and Safety is also provided with specific focus on employees’ rights and responsibilities, workplace health and safety policy and programs, hazard identification and control, and safety training options such as WHIMIS and First Aid.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
    This module builds on concepts and skills introduced in the Career Planning and Preparation Level 1 prerequisite module. In this subsequent module, you will update and refine your resume and Linked In Profile. You will continue writing cover letters and learn the value of customizing cover letters to specific job postings. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge as you conduct a job search and write a cover letter tailored to an ideal job post. Through research, you will create a list of top employers and target current industry opportunities. You will learn about current methods for applying to job postings using technology. You will also gain an understanding of the job interview process, typical interview questions and possible responses, and expectations of both the interviewer and interviewee. In addition, you will engage in practical application of the interview process through role-plays. Topics such as negotiating salary, self-management, and on-the-job success for placements and post-graduate employment will be also covered.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Law and Summary Conviction Procedure
    This module introduces the most typical aspects of criminal law as it affects legal administrative specialists and paralegals in their support of lawyers who practice criminal law. Rules and procedures governing criminal prosecutions will be reviewed as applicable to your province. Essential concepts in criminal law, including the actus reus and mens rea of criminal law offences, for both general and specific intent offences, will be examined. Legal defenses to criminal offences, including diminished capacity, drunkenness, insanity, and non-insane automatism are discussed. Strict and absolute liability offences such as statutory and regulatory violations are reviewed. Key areas of federal criminal legislation are examined including gun legislation and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. You will make connections between your coursework and the real world by exploring scenarios and conducting presentations about current legal topics.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Document Formatting
    In this course, you will develop professional communication skills in a business setting using MS Office including Word and Outlook. You will apply proper grammar to create and review appropriate business documents such as emails, memos, letters, reports, text messages, and social media posts for company websites, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. You will practice grammar, spelling, and error correction while developing clear and concise writing skills. You will rewrite and edit professional documents while demonstrating spelling accuracy, proper capitalization, and punctuation. You will recognize and correct commonly misspelled words. Furthermore, you will explore sentence elements such as modifiers, connectors, and sequencers to write brief and jargon-free business messages. You will distinguish active and passive voice to write effective sentences. You will also review and incorporate inclusive language to avoid biases and discrimination. Using a range of grammatical structures, you will adopt and follow modern business communication standards.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Family Law
    This module offers an overview of statutory provisions, including the Divorce Act, provincial legislation governing the resolution of family law matters for unmarried persons, and an introduction to legislation governing marital property division. You will be introduced to the function and purpose of drafting, preparation, and execution of domestic contracts in the consensual resolution of family law matters. You will be tasked with the preparation of the required documents to commence a divorce proceeding, and the documents required to initiate family law proceedings under provincial legislation. Specific topics include court jurisdictions in family law matters, contested, and uncontested family law proceedings. Assignments for assessment include completing a Divorce File, completing a Petition for Divorce, and writing a research paper.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Paralegal
    On successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed on field placement at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their newly developed knowledge and skills in a real-world environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Image Development
    This module teaches you how to develop and manage a professional image. Topics include: appearance — visual and verbal, interpersonal interaction, business etiquette, and networking skills. At the end of the module, students will have an appreciation and understanding of the importance of a professional image in the business environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Interviewing, Researching & Writing
    The topics covered in this module include types and sources of research materials, computer-assisted research, and preparation of legal memoranda. Instruction is provided on techniques used to locate statutes, regulations and cases, citation of cases, and statutory authorities. General rules of style in legal writing are reviewed. You will apply your practical knowledge by preparing a Case Brief and by researching a topic on which you will produce a legal memorandum. Additionally, you will learn to analyze a fact situation and use standard legal analysis methods such as IRAC (Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion). You will also practice interviewing and other methods of fact gathering.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. IT in the Law Office
    This module introduces IT considerations of the legal office including voice dictation/transcription software. Additionally, there is a strong focus on privacy issues that have arisen with information technology and the digital age. Topics regarding metadata, privacy, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and eDiscovery are covered as they relate to the proper management and use of client documents and materials in the law office and in court settings. Students complete a Case Brief assignment on an issue related to digital privacy.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Law Office Procedures, Management, & Accounting
    This module introduces you to the law-office environment and the day-to-day procedures affecting all support staff. Current methods and software tools for document creation, editing, storage, and management in the law office environment are covered, with an emphasis on the development of practical skills necessary to be a competent legal administrative assistant. Topics include the role of the lawyer and the role of legal support staff, the principle of confidentiality, trust versus general accounting, the tickler (reminder) system, file management, time sheets, telephone techniques, managing accounts, legal correspondence, legal letter composition and punctuation, memoranda, and legal instruments. You will be evaluated through a variety of practical assignments including completing a workflow management assignment where you will practice prioritizing actions, drafting letters and documents, booking appointments, indexing, labelling, and filing.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Legal Ethics
    This course explores the Professional Code of Conduct and the Uniform Trust Account Rules required for legal professionals practicing in the field. In taking this course, you will study the ethics involved in client confidentiality as well as the importance of maintenance of the trust account. Other topics covered include: integrity and competence, client identification, money laundering, limited scope retainers, retention and billing, discipline and complaints, withdrawing services, and acting in good faith. Additional Codes of Conduct such as family, real estate, and criminal law are briefly introduced. You will show your understanding of the Code of Conduct and how it is applied by preparing and leading a presentation about the Code of Conduct. As part of your final evaluation, you will write an essay about a legal ethics topic.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Office Skills
    In this course, you will learn about the expectations of the workplace and the skills necessary to assist in the smooth operation of an office. You will be introduced to the principles and values of an ethical administrative professional, including diversity, discrimination, harassment, and so on. You will gain an understanding of the importance of developing customer focus strategies and service skills, such as problem-solving skills, handling difficult situations, and showing respect to customers. You will further develop communication skills, including verbal, non-verbal, writing and listening skills, as well as telecommunication (for example, networks, internet searches, and troubleshooting). You will be able to create and deliver effective presentations using visual aids. You will learn how to sort incoming and outgoing mail effectively, and manage reprographic equipment, such as laminators, binders, and shredders. This course covers how to maintain financial records, including financial statements and employee payroll procedures, as well as managing physical and electronic records. You will become familiar with organizing face-to-face and virtual meetings, as well as conferences and other events. You will also learn how to coordinate business travel. Furthermore, you will complete indexing and filing exercises.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Real Estate Law
    This module focuses on the purchase, sale, and mortgaging of residential property and the preparation of all documents needed to facilitate such transactions, including typical correspondence. Topics include an explanation of the land registry and land title systems, the interplay between the two, as well as hands-on training in the navigation and use of provincial online electronic databases used for the electronic searching and transfer of title to real property. You will also be sensitized to the purpose and function of the contract of purchase and sale in relation to the rights and obligations of the parties in real estate transactions, including problem-solving skills related to issues that arise. You will be given practical classroom assignments illustrating the role and functions of the paralegal when representing a purchaser or vendor. Specifically, you will create a package of documents for the purchase of a property, and conduct a presentation on a legal case about real estate law.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Database Management
    This software lab module will use a simulation-based program called MindTap that consists of online trainings and assessments in Microsoft Access. You will learn how to create and build a database (including basic database concepts and terms, using Backstage view, starting and exiting Access, Datasheet view and Design view, copy and paste records from another Access database, and so forth). You will gain an understanding on how to build a database and define table relationships, covering sub-topics such as setting fields properties, importing data from Excel and an existing table structure, and more. You will acquire the skill of maintaining and querying a database (such as find, modify, and delete records in a table, work in the Query window in Design view, run queries, sort data with Filter data, and so on). You will discover how to create forms and reports (using Form Wizard, apply themes to a form, add pictures to a form, change color of text on a form, and more). You will understand how to create advanced queries and enhance table design (using naming standards, AutoFilter, parameter query, lookup fields, input masks, and so forth).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Presentations
    This software lab module will use a simulation-based program called MindTap that consists of online trainings and assessments in Microsoft PowerPoint. You will learn a comprehensive set of skills centered on creating a presentation (create title slide, slide with lists, format text, duplicate, rearrange, and delete slides, change a theme, and so on). You will learn how to effectively add media and special effects (apply theme used in another presentation, insert shapes and pictures, rotate objects, create a table, and more). You will apply advanced formatting and animation to objects (including inserting SmartArt graphic, audio clips, and WordArt style). You will be able to distribute presentations and integration PowerPoint with other Microsoft Office programs, such as Word and Excel. You will learn how to customize presentations and become familiar with the PowerPoint environment, (how to work in a Slide Master View, work with comments, save a custom theme, and so on).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
    This software lab module will use a simulation-based program called MindTap that consists of online trainings and assessments in Microsoft Word. It builds on the skills introduced in Digital Literacy for Professionals course. You will learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating and editing a document (this includes saving a document, using AutoComplete and AutoCorrect, undo and redo actions, paragraph spacing, and more), formatting a document (covering topics like addressing comments in documents, using drag and drop, as well as cut, copy and paste). This course will also introduce you to how to create tables and a multipage report (including options found in the Navigation pane, formatting a table, merging cells and adding a formula, using SmartArt graphic, and more). You will acquire skills in editing text or content for layout and appearance (wrap text, WordArt, cropping a picture, and so on). Additionally, you will work with templates, themes, and styles (creating a new document from a template, using thesaurus, saving a custom theme, customizing a style, and so on). This course concludes with the mail merge feature (such as inserting mail merge fields into a document, complete a mail merge, and more).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Spreadsheets
    "This software lab module will use a simulation-based program called MindTap that consists of online trainings and assessments in Microsoft Excel. You will learn the fundamentals of excel, such as opening and closing a workbook, entering formulas, modifying worksheet views, and so on. You will acquire skill in formatting workbook text and data (change fonts, font style, and font colour, format dates and times, merge, use the AVERAGE function, and more). This course will also introduce you to the skill of performing calculations with formula and functions, including sub-topics such as extend data and formulas with AutoFill, calculate statistics, and so forth. You will also be able to analyze and chart financial data using available excel charts, such as pie chart, line char, chart legends, data bar, and so on. This course will conclude with you learning how to generate reports from multiple worksheets and workbooks (such as copy worksheets between workbooks, organize worksheets in a worksheet group, hyperlink to a document, create a workbook template, and more).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    In this orientation module, you will focus on achieving success from day one. You will develop non-technical skills to enhance your personal, academic, and career success. You will explore learning styles, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. You will also enhance your practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note- and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving skills, setting SMART goals, and maintaining a positive attitude. You will also explore techniques for managing change, stress, and conflict.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Wills and Estates
    This module provides an overview of the legal principles and practices governing a typical solicitor's practice including the making of a will, and enduring powers of attorney for healthcare and/or asset management. You will learn the terminology used in wills and powers of attorney and the steps in preparation and execution of wills and powers of attorney. Other aspects of estate planning considered include the law of intestacy, and the role of codicils, and holograph wills. You will be introduced conceptually and legislatively to the the process and purpose of a grant of letters probate and administration, as well as the purpose and function of legislation governing the legal validity of wills, dependent relief claims against estates, and the governing legislation dealing with intestacy. The principal perspective of the module is on the role of the solicitor and their support staff in relation to estate planning. You will apply your knowledge of these concepts by completing Client Questionnaires and Grant of Probate Application and Certificate forms.
    Admission Requirements
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    • High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
    • Clear Conduct Certificate

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    “I was totally unsure of what I wanted for a career, then I enrolled in the Paralegal program at Eastern. From day one, they were so accommodating. They walk you through everything, handle student loan applications for you, and never stopped smiling. The instructors and staff are amazing and I’m so happy I chose Eastern. Hands-on teaching, small classes and half days make life so much easier. Not to mention, the amazing friendships and memories I’ve made because of it. I highly recommend Eastern to anyone interested in starting a career the right way!”

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    2019