MON 10:30am - 11:00pm TUES 10:30am - 11:30pm WED 10:30am - 11:30pm THURS 10:30am - 11:30pm FRI 10:30am - 3:30am SAT 10:30am - 3:30am SUN 10:30am - 11:00pm
778 Dundas Street East
London, On N6W 2Z7
What is a Paralegal?
• Paralegals are licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to:
o Represent clients in the various courts and tribunals throughout Ontario
o Give legal advice concerning legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding
o Draft or assist with drafting documents for use in a proceeding
o Negotiate on behalf of a person who is a party to a proceeding
• Paralegals who were not “grandfathered” – licensed after providing legal services for a number of years and passing an examination – have:
o Graduated from a Law Society accredited paralegal services program
o Completed at least 120 placement hours in a legal setting
o Passed a licensing examination and have no “good character” issues
• Paralegals must carry Errors & Omissions insurance, just as lawyers do.
• Paralegals can appear before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to represent a client in an Immigration Review Board (IRB) hearing, and can provide legal services to clients for matters relating to an IRB hearing.
• Paralegals are Commissioners of Oaths. This means that clients can swear an oath before a paralegal, who has confirmed the person’s identity and verified the person’s signature on a document, such as an affidavit or declaration.