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  • Objectives
    Fanshawe College's Law Clerk program is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in legal principles combined with the practical law clerk/paralegal training that students will need to enter the diverse, fast-paced, ever-changing field of law. As a graduate of the Law Clerk program you will work as part of a team in law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions, insurance companies, legal technology providers, title insurance companies and Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments. Law Clerks also appear as agents in Small Claims Court and Provincial Offences Court as well as Government Boards and Tribunals. Depending upon your choice of career path, you could find yourself preparing trial documentation, interviewing witnesses, arranging trial dates and adjournments, drafting corporate/commercial documentation, completing Family Law Act financial statements, administering estates, negotiating leases, administering contracts, completing legal research, searching titles or processing real estate transactions. At Fanshawe College you will learn about many areas of Canadian law including criminal law, civil litigation, corporate commercial, debtor and creditor rights, real estate, landlord and tenant, estate administration, family law and contracts. You will refine your communication and information processing skills as you learn how to research, analyze, write and advocate in the legal environment. You will develop an ability to work in a variety of cutting-edge legal software applications and online commercial legal databases and services.
  • Practical experience
    This is a two year program with optional co-op.
  • Academic title
    Law Clerk Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    • BUSI-1060    Strategies for Success     1.00
    • COMP-1330    Computer Applications Law Clerk     3.00
    • LAWS-1004    Introduction to Legal Materials     4.00
    • LAWS-1007    Civil Procedure     4.00
    • LAWS-1036    Torts & Contracts     4.00

    Group 2
    TAKE WRIT-1032 OR WRIT-1034
    • WRIT-1032    Reason & Writing - Business 1     3.00
    • WRIT-1034    Reason & Writing 1 - EAP     4.00

    Level 2    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • LAWS-1006    Introductory Estates     4.00
    • LAWS-1008    Introduction to Real Estate     4.00
    • LAWS-1041    Creditors' Rights     3.00
    • LAWS-1012    Corporate Law     4.00
    • COMM-3044    Prof. Communications for Law Clerks     3.00
    • MGMT-3052    Understanding Workplace Behaviours     3.00

    Level 3    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • FINA-3033    Canadian Financial System     3.00
    • LAWS-3002    Advanced Estates     4.00
    • LAWS-3006    Family Law     4.00
    • LAWS-5006    Civil Procedure-Adv     3.00
    • LAWS-1039    Real Estate Title Searching     4.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ACCT-3027    Accounting Records - Legal     3.00
    • LAWS-1037    Criminal Law & Advocacy     4.00
    • LAWS-3043    Real Estate Procedure-Adv     4.00
    • LAWS-3019    Landlord and Tenant Law     4.00
    • LAWS-3020    Legal Applications     3.00
    • LAWS-1040    Legal Research & Writing with Quicklaw     4.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 3

    ACCT-3027 -  Accounting Records - Legal

    This course has been designed to introducestudents to the most common bookkeeping/accounting issues and requirements in a typical law office and to provide students with instruction in the use of computer-based accounting systems to manage and deal with these issues and requirements. The Law Society of Upper Canada'sBy-Law 9 and Bookkeeping Guide will be reviewed and examined in this regard, and some advanced features and capabilities of the accounting software package will also be explored.

    BUSI-1060 -  Strategies for Success
    This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve college and career success. Areas of focus include: goal-setting, time management, note-taking from texts and lectures, study skills, test preparation strategies, and managing college life.

    COMM-3044 -  Prof. Communications for Law Clerks
    This course develops students' professionalbusiness communication skills in both oral andwritten formats. As expected in the legal field,correct grammar, mechanics, and spelling areemphasized in all assignments. Students produce avariety of business documents, from e-mail andletters to reports and r233sum233s, usingappropriate tone, format, and organization.Students apply verbal and non-verbal communicationtechniques through presentations and participationin typical legal settings (e.g. meetings,interviews). This course incorporates research,appropriate documentation, editing, critiques, andsummaries to reinforce critical thinking skills.Students address various communication challengesin a diverse workplace. A computer lab is used forwriting assignments in a simulated workenvironment.

    COMP-1330 -  Computer Applications Law Clerk
    Law Clerks are required to be computer savvy with word processing, spreadsheets, and personal information management programs in order to work with maximum efficiency and productivity in the legal field. In this course, students will learn to navigate standard office productivity applications with confidence. Microsoft Word is used to create professional looking legal-based documents using correct formatting. Microsoft Excel is introduced to create basic spreadsheets. Microsoft Outlook’s tools to assist with e-mail, online calendars, and contacts are introduced. Students will also learn relevant guidelines established by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

    FINA-3033 -  Canadian Financial System

    A general education course, falling under the general education categories of Civic Life and Personal Understanding, designed to introduce students to the world of Canadian investments and the laws and regulations surrounding them. Topics include financial markets, intermediaries, industry structure, government and corporate finance, new security issuance, regulation, ethics, debt and equity securities, brokerage accounts, mutual funds, taxation, financial planning and portfolio management. This course is not a "how to invest" course. It will take away the mystery of the financial market.

    LAWS-1004 -  Introduction to Legal Materials

    LAWS1004 introduces students to the Canadian legal system. The course focuses on sources of Canadian law. Students are given the opportunity to become familiar with primary and secondary legal sources. The course will familiarize students with the process of finding legal materials to the extent necessary to follow instructions and to assist in legal research by locating and updating relevant legal materials.

    LAWS-1006 -  Introductory Estates
    This course introduces the student to the law and procedure relating to the drafting of wills and Powers of Attorney and the administration of deceased persons' estates.

    LAWS-1007 -  Civil Procedure

    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the rules of civil procedure and the necessary skills to assist in the processing of the various steps involved in a civil action, including drafting various documents required for civil litigation. Topics include commencing the action in the Superior Court of Justice, service of documents, pleadings, motions, discovery, listing for trial, orders and costs.

    LAWS-1008 -  Introduction to Real Estate
    This course provides a general introduction to legal concepts, principles and basic law, procedure and practical skills relevant to the conveyancing of real property in the province of Ontario.

    LAWS-1012 -  Corporate Law
    This course provides a general introduction to foundational concepts, principles and policies, together with substantive and procedural issues presented by the incorporation, organization and maintenance of a business corporation, pursuant to the laws and regulations of Ontario and Canada.

    LAWS-1036 -  Torts & Contracts
    An introduction to the law of torts, including intentional torts against persons, property or economic interests, and primarily the law of negligence. Included are the fundamentals of contract law including the requirements for the formation of a valid contract, different types of contracts and remedies for breaches of contract.

    LAWS-1037 -  Criminal Law & Advocacy

    This course introduces the legal theory and procedure necessary to understand the mechanics of criminal law. It also introduces the student to persuasive written and oral advocacy-both before the courts and alternate dispute resolution forums. Proper ethics and effective practice and procedural methods are stressed.

    LAWS-1039 -  Real Estate Title Searching
    In real estate practice, law clerks conductsearches of title. Students will learn substantivelaw of land registration in Ontario with emphasison the Land Titles Act. Using the Teraview searchsoftware, students will review and interpretparcel registers, registered documents, and sketchlegal descriptions.

    LAWS-1040 -  Legal Research & Writing with Quicklaw

    Law clerks are required to be able to locate,read, write, edit, listen to, comprehend,organize, and analyze legal information. Internetlegal research resources including Quicklaw areused to research and report legal information.Students apply communication skills and learn towrite reports conforming to professionalstandards.

    LAWS-1041 -  Creditors' Rights
    A practical understanding of the roles andresponsibilities of a law clerk in debt collectionprocedures is an important skill. The initiationof collection proceedings, obtaining judgment, andenforcing judgments and orders are examined onbehalf of various classes of creditors.

    LAWS-3002 -  Advanced Estates
    This course is designed to teach students the necessary skills to assist their principal in the administration of an estate of average complexity. The course also covers the procedural aspects of contesting a will, obtaining orders for assistance in the administration, applications for the advice and direction of the court, and applications for the relief of dependents. Finally, the course deals with the rules of will interpretation and construction, trusts and the taxation of a deceased person, and the estate of a deceased person.

    LAWS-3006 -  Family Law
    This course provides an introduction to foundational concepts, principles and policies together with substantive and procedural issues presented in family law in the Province of Ontario.

    LAWS-3019 -  Landlord and Tenant Law
    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the landlord and tenant relationship, to introduce the student to legislation concerning residential premises, to become familiar with the procedure involved in landlord and tenant disputes and rent review applications, to become familiar with aspects of the law concerning commercial tenancies to the extent necessary to take instructions related thereto, and to teach the student skills necessary to work as law clerks in residential and commercial tenancy practices.

    LAWS-3020 -  Legal Applications

    This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an increased appreciation of and competence in computer applications in the legal field. The course provides a practical study of computer applications and survey of leading software in the following selected areas of law and practice:Civil LitigationFamily LawCorporate LawEstates

    LAWS-3043 -  Real Estate Procedure-Adv

    As part of a real estate practice team, law clerksmust know the step-by-step processes involved in atypical real estate transaction. Students will beexposed to single family residential real estate,condominiums, new homes, and rental propertyfiles. Conveyancer and Teraview software areintegrated within the course.

    LAWS-5006 -  Civil Procedure-Adv
    This course continues the study of civil procedure by applying the skills and knowledge required in the processing and completion of a personal injury file. This course also includes settlement, commencement of appeals, case management and mandatory mediation, simplified procedure, the commercial list, and Ontario motor vehicle accident claims.

    MGMT-3052 -  Understanding Workplace Behaviours
    This course provides a broad understanding of the workplace by investigating individual, group and organizational behaviours. Students will be given the opportunity to assess their own behaviours while observing and discussing the diverse behaviours of others as they interact in various capacities, situations and assorted environments. By studying human social behaviour under the context of an organization, students should experience an easier transition while adjusting to any changes in future workplace and/or career choices.

    WRIT-1032 -  Reason & Writing - Business 1

    This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected business terms.

    WRIT-1034 -  Reason & Writing 1 - EAP

    This course will introduce students whose first language is not English to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. Special attention will also be paid to developing academic vocabulary, correcting common ESL errors, enhancing academic listening and note-taking skills, and improving oral fluency and confidence.

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