• Overview - 2018/2019

    Get a step up on the competition by choosing the Co-op stream of the Law Clerk program. Work on real cases, with real lawyers, in real firms, all while still studying. In many ways, the law field is the most crucial institution in the country. If being a part of this prestigious career intrigues you, Fanshawe's Law Clerk (Co-op) program will provide vital access to the dynamic training needed to be a proud serving member of the law field.

    You'll begin the program by developing a solid foundation in business law combined with practical law clerk training that will give you diverse skills for diverse career options. You'll also study civil litigation, corporate commercial, debtor and creditor rights, real estate, landlord and tenant, estate administration, and family law.

    When you graduate, you'll have learned everything you need to start your career off right, including intensive training with leading software and online applications used by law firms and legal departments in Canada. And, because you've chosen the Co-op stream, you'll work with real legal teams, on real cases, graduating a step ahead.

    Individuals who lack the necessary prerequisites for this program or those who would like to enhance their preparation prior to pursuing a Public Safety career are encouraged to consider applying to the Public Safety Fundamentals program. Public Safety Fundamentals is designed to set you up for success and offers an excellent pathway to the numerous career programs in the School of Public Safety.

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    Program coordinator:

    Barbara Bidner
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x5056
    Email: bbidner@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
        -Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
        -Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
        -Core Mathematics
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    Public Safety Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate AND:
    -Minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:
    -Minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
        -The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
        -Mathematics ONE OF:
            -Grade 11 Mathematics (C) (U) or (M)
            -Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    •  Grade 11 Understanding Canadian Law (M) OR Grade 12 Canadian and International Law (U)
    •  Grade 12 English (U) is strongly recommended.  Advanced writing skills are essential. 
    •  Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
    •  Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Computer Skills course

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Students should possess excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Students should develop a high degree of responsibility, maturity, conscientiousness and the ability to work independently with little supervision
    • Students should speak to a Law Clerk, Paralegal or Lawyer to acquire some knowledge of the duties of a Law Clerk

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Law Clerk (Co-op)-2018/2019

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    BUSI-1156Strategies for Success1
    This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve academic and career success. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, time management, academic integrity and calculating Grade Point Averages, among other skills.
    COMP-1330Computer Applications Law Clerk3
    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, spelling and grammar. Microsoft Excel is introduced to create basic spreadsheets. Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft OneNote tools to assist with scheduling and organizing information are introduced. Increasing one's typing speed is emphasized throughout the term.
    LAWS-1004Introduction to Legal Materials4
    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-1007Civil Procedure4
    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-1036Torts & Contracts4
    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.

    Group 2
    TAKE WRIT-1089 OR WRIT-1034
    WRIT-1089Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety3
    This course will introduce public safety 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.
    WRIT-1034Reason & Writing 1-EAP4
    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.

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    LAWS-1006Introductory Estates4
    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-1008Introduction to Real Estate4
    This course provides a general introduction to legal concepts, principles and policies together with basic law, procedure and practical skills relevant to the conveyancing of real property in the province of Ontario.
    LAWS-1010Creditors' Rights4
    A practical understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a law clerk in debt collection procedures is an important skill. The initiation of collection proceedings, obtaining judgment, and enforcing judgments and orders are examined on behalf of various classes of creditors.
    LAWS-1012Corporate Law4
    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 regulation of Ontario and Canada.
    COMM-3044Prof. Communications for Law Clerks3
    This course develops students professional business and legal communication skills in both oral and written formats. As expected in the legal field, correct grammar, mechanics, and spelling are emphasized in all assignments. Students produce a variety of business documents and legal documents, from e-mails and letters to reports and rsums, using appropriate tone, format, and organization. Students apply verbal and non-verbal communication techniques through presentations and participation in typical legal settings (e.g. meetings, interviews). This course incorporates research, appropriate documentation, editing, critiques, and summaries to reinforce critical thinking skills. Students address various communication challenges in a diverse workplace and practice writing assignments in a simulated work environment.
    MGMT-3052Understanding Workplace Behaviours3
    This course provides an understanding of the field of organizational behaviour through investigating individual, group and organizational behaviours. Students assess their work-related preferences/behaviours using self-assessment surveys and reflect on the match between those and career choices. Students study organizational design, organizational culture, people-centred management, social perception, self-concept & personality, values/attitudes & job satisfaction, motivation theory, group development theory, effective communication strategy, and conflict & negotiation then apply these concepts to the development of an organization's human resources.
    COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
    This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    LAWS-3002Advanced Estates4
    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-3006Family Law4
    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-5006Civil Procedure-Adv3
    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.
    LAWS-1039Real Estate Title Searching4
    This course introduces practice-oriented real estate law and procedure essential to the registration of land and the conveyancing of real property in the land registration systems. The course concentrates on the land registration law, procedure, documentation, and technology involved in searching and registering titles in the Registry system, the Land Titles system and the electronic land registration environment (ELRS). The course addresses the role of title insurance in real estate title searching & conveyancing. The course also addresses the role of the law clerk in real property conveyancing, including ethical and due diligence duties and title & mortgage fraud risk identification.
    LAWS-1040Legal Research & Writing4
    The ability to identify, research, and ultimately solve a legal problem is an essential skill for persons working in the legal services industry. This course is designed to have law clerk students gain basic legal research and problem solving skills that can be applied to legal problems. Students will review traditional methods of legal research; however, the focus of the course is on the use of digital legal research methods and resources including CANLII, ELAWS LEXISNEXIS\QUICKLAW, WESTLAWNEXT CANADA, CCH ONLINE, and the LEGISLATIVE PULSE. Students learn how to read, interpret, find, update, apply, and cite legislation and cases. The course introduces the basic techniques of legal problem solving; legal research; plain language, client-centered, persuasive legal writing; and legal citation.
    INSR-1006Fundamentals of Insurance for Consumers3
    Consumers often manage risk by purchasing insurance; however, the insurance industry contains a wide variety of products, rules and types of contracts. In this course, students discuss various types of property, casualty and life insurance products and the purpose and history of these products. Students also debate current issues in the insurance industry and examine the social and economic impact on society.

    Level 4Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ACCT-1083Systems for the Modern Law Office3
    Introduction to the accounting, communication and practice management systems found in modern law offices. The most common tasks and functions will be examined in detail and students will be provided with instruction and training in the use of the most popular software applications. Trust accounting requirements are also reviewed.
    LAWS-3052Landlord & Tenant Law3
    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the landlord/tenant relationship; introduce the student to legislation premises; to become familiar with the procedure involved in landlord/tenant disputes review applications, and teach the student skills necessary to work as law clerks in residential tenancy practices.
    LAWS-3043Real Estate Procedure-Adv4
    This course allows students to apply the substantive law principles learned in earlier courses to practical, real world situations. The course is primarily procedural in nature. Students will go through a step by step process whereby they will learn what a real estate law clerk does on a daily basis when working in a law office which is acting for clients on a typical real estate transaction, whether they are buying, selling or mortgaging property. The focus will be on single family residential resale transactions, but students will also be exposed to the steps taken in more involved transactions including condominiums, new homes and rental properties. Students will learn the procedural steps involved in a real estate transaction, from beginning to end, including client communication, drafting and reviewing typical documents, correspondence, forms and software currently being used by real estate law clerks. This course provides students with the tools necessary to competently assist real estate lawyers in an area of law where the duties and responsibilities of the law clerk have increased significantly in recent years.
    LAWS-5007Commercial Transactions-Adv4
    Expanding on previous courses, this course will deal with the basic knowledge, tasks and functions required of a law clerk in a commercial legal environment including the purchase and sale of a business (asset and share purchase), franchising, financing and commercial leasing.
    LAWS-3020Legal Applications3
    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 Litigation - Small Claims Court Civil Litigation - Superior Court E-Discovery Corporate Law At the conclusion of this courses students will have had exposure to and experience with various commonly used legal software packages and will be able to produce a variety of legal documents routinely generated in different areas of legal practice.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 4

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 21 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and Graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    Career Opportunities

    Law Clerk graduates find career opportunities in law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions, insurance companies, title insurance companies, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, court offices, registry offices, government boards and tribunals, legal aid, legal technology and legal services providers. A career as a Law Clerk offers challenge, diversity, flexibility and advancement in the fast-paced, constantly changing legal environment. Graduates are also well prepared to succeed in our Paralegal program.
  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A Co-operative Education Program
    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: LCK2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September/January Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at


    School of Public Safety: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    Fanshawe College's Law Clerk (Co-op) program is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in legal principles combined with the practical law clerk training that students will need to enter the diverse, fast-paced modern 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, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments or in any other capacity where a legal environment exists. Depending upon your choice of career path, you could find yourself preparing motion records and 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 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 and write in the legal environment. You will develop an ability to work in a variety of leading-edge legal software applications and online commercial legal databases and services.

    Other Information

    • Students may be required to take evening as well as day classes.
    • Level 3 of the Law Clerk program is offered both in the Fall Term and the Summer Term. While each student's preference for registration will be considered, it may not be possible for all students to register in Level 3 in their first choice of Term. It may be necessary for some students to register in the alternate Term.
    • Graduation from Fanshawe College's Law Clerk program satisfies the educational course and exam requirements for associate level membership in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, www.ilco.on.ca.
    • Graduates of the Fanshawe College Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program who meet the admission requirements can apply to Level 1 of the Law Clerk Ontario College Diploma program and may be granted up to two internal credits towards this program. 

    Co-operative Education

    In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

    This is a two-year co-operative education program.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a co-op endorsed diploma.  More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.

    Applicants seeking a non co-op endorsed diploma should apply to the Law Clerk program, Program Code LCK1.

    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Support the needs of clients and legal professionals through the use of accurate terminology and professional communication strategies, both orally and in writing;
    2. Complete all work within routine and unexpected time lines and limitation periods within the legal environment;
    3. Use current and relevant electronic and print resources, within the legal environment, to conduct legal research, to assist with file and evidentiary management, to facilitate communication and generate legal documentation, complying with current regulations and procedures;
    4. Research and summarize the presenting legal issues, applying knowledge of substantive law, to support the legal team;
    5. Apply rules of procedure to support best legal practices;
    6. Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada;
    7. Carry out clerical and administrative duties for the operation of a variety of legal environments;
    8. Outline strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure continuing competence as a Law Clerk;
    9. Act equitably and justly with diverse populations*;
    10. Provide support for legal professionals in courts and administrative tribunals within the legal system.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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