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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.





























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