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Overview - 2021/2022

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 law clerk 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. Your law courses will address civil litigation, corporate commercial, debtor and creditor rights, real estate, landlord and tenant, estate administration, and family law.

CEWIL Canada: Co-operative education and work-integrated learning.This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

After graduation:

When you graduate from our law program, 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, your law courses will be complemented by work with real legal teams, on real cases, graduating a step ahead of other law clerk programs.

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.

Law Clerk - Your Story™ Spotlight Video

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Andrew Kannegiesser
Law Clerk graduate 2019

Fanshawe was not my first time in post-secondary education but it was undoubtedly the most effective. Between the wide array of student resources, the incredible institutional supports in place, and a faculty that provides students with the guidance and expertise to succeed in the current labour market, Fanshawe College provides its students with a learning environment that is second to none.

While Canadian law can be complicated and daunting at first, Fanshawe's comprehensive course program provides its students with a strong foundation in every aspect of contemporary law, and with the excellent co-op education resources on campus, Fanshawe goes above and beyond at helping students segue from the classroom to the workroom with exciting and rewarding work opportunities.

Since graduating, I've been fortunate enough to join the personal injury team at Kirwin Fryday Medcalf Lawyers, and not a day goes by that I do not rely on the skills and training provided at Fanshawe. Whether you're interested in civil litigation, corporate law, legal research, accident benefits (like myself), or are simply eager to learn all that you can, a program of study at Fanshawe College will pay dividends well into the future!

Fall intake program progression

Fall intake





Year 1

Level 1

Level 2

Work Term 1

Year 2

Work Term 2

Level 3

Level 4


Winter intake program progression

Winter intake





Year 1

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Year 2

Work Term 1

Work Term 2

Level 4


New Fall 2021 Program - Court Support Services 



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- English ONE OF:
    -Any Grade 12 English (U)
    -Any Grade 12 English (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    -Any Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
    -Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
    -Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
    -Grade 11 or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required 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:
    -Any Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
    -Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
    -Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C)
    -Grade 11 or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required 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 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 possess basic computer 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

Note: Admission to the Fanshawe College Public Safety Fundamentals program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Law Clerk program.  Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Public Safety Fundamentals program does, however, enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Law Clerk program.  The Public Safety Fundamentals program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Law Clerk program.


Law Clerk (Co-op)-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
LAWS-1077Legal Materials-Intro3
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.
DEVL-1051Professionalism & Client Relations3
This course introduces students to professionalism in the legal field and adherence to the guidelines of the Law Society of Ontario as it relates to the role of a law clerk.Students explore appropriate professional boundaries with legal professionals, co-workers and clients; professional appearance and demeanor, and conflicts of interest. Requirements of confidentiality and the Law Society's Rules of Professional Conduct are introduced. Ongoing professional development is critical to ensuring continuing competence as a Law Clerk. Students will investigate professional development opportunities by outlining the roles of professional organizations and associations,articulating the value of continuing professional education, and identifying personal strengths and weaknesses. All students will complete a professional development plan to showcase their ongoing professional development strategy.
COMP-1529Computer Applications 13
This course introduces students to Microsoft® Word, Excel, and Outlook to prepare them to work efficiently and productively in the legal field. At the conclusion of this course students will be able to use Microsoft ® Word to create professional legal documents using correct formatting, spelling and grammar; Microsoft® Excel to create basic spreadsheets; and Microsoft® Outlook to assist with scheduling and organizing information. Students are introduced to the Law Society of Ontario's file and time management guidelines (the "Guidelines") and to Soluno® time, billing and accounting software and complete basic law firm accounting tasks that incorporate the Guidelines' principles and standards. To help students work towards achieving the industry standard for keyboarding, a minimum speed of 30 WPM is required for successful completion of this course.
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.

Group 2
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 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
LAWS-3061Wills & Estate Administration5
In this course students will learn the duties and responsibilities of an estate clerk in today's legal world. Students will acquire the knowledge required to interpret estate documents (i.e. wills, powers of attorney and trusts) in order to administer an estate of average complexity from beginning to end. Estate administration includes applying for probate, preparing a valuation of assets, calculating estate administration tax, paying estate debts, preparing an estate accounting and handling income tax and distribution. Students will also learn about potential conflicts that may arise during the administration of an estate, including challenges made against an estate trustee, questions concerning the validity of a will and implementation of statutory regulations.
LAWS-1078Real Estate-Intro3
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-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 resumes, 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.
COMP-3108Computer Applications 23
This course builds upon the legal accounting software skills introduced in COMP-1529 and introduces students to popular document and practice management systems found in modern law offices. The most common legal accounting bookkeeping tasks along with some advanced functions and report generation will be examined in detail. Students will receive instruction and training in the use of Soluno, Adobe Acrobat Pro and PrimaFact. Law Society of Ontario trust accounting requirements are also reviewed. Students will continue to develop their keyboarding proficiency to achieve a minimum speed of 40 WPM which is required for successful completion of this course.
SOCI-1036Issues in Diversity3
In this course, students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity; specifically focussing on topics pertaining to inequity in various social settings related to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and class, with a view to developing an appreciation for the multicultural society in which we live. A career in public safety requires a clear understanding of the impacted groups, strategies for community empowerment and effective communication. Students will also increase their knowledge and awareness of the issues impacting Indigenous Peoples of Canada including rights, self-determination, land issues, justice and social issues.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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 Lexis Advance Quicklaw, CanLII, e-Laws, Justice Laws, legislative assembly websites and other Internet resources. 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.
PHIL-1009Ethics & Society3
What is the right thing to do? Although this turns out to be a remarkably difficult question to answer, it is the central focus of this course, and we will try to come at it from two different directions. On the one hand, we will consider a number of ethical theories that attempt to give a general, theoretical underpinning for morality. On the other hand, we will approach the question of the right thing to do from the context of particular moral problems that confront modern society such as world poverty, euthanasia, and the freedom of speech. If you want to be better prepared to debate ethical topics by understanding the issues behind them, then this course is for you.
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.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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
This course builds upon the students' knowledge from the Corporate Law course with a focus on developing skills in the area of corporate transactions. Students will gain insight and knowledge regarding the tasks and functions required of a law clerk in a commercial legal environment such as asset/share purchases and sales, financing, leasing, franchising, and corporate re-organizations and rollovers.
LAWS-5008Document Production & Management3
In this course students develop expertise and competence in drafting and managing legal documents. Students will draft documents and learn and apply concepts related to the following areas of law: i) Civil Litigation - Small Claims Court, ii) Civil Litigation - Superior Court of Justice, and iii) Corporate Law. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to produce a variety of legal documents e.g. statements of claim, statements of defence, motion records, affidavits, affidavits of documents, articles of incorporation, corporate ledgers and corporate minute books using software such as Automated Civil Litigation ("ACL"), Fast Company®, and advanced features in Microsoft ® Word and Microsoft® Excel. Students will also learn about and gain experience with information and document management hardware (scanners) and software such as PrimaFact and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Terminology and principles surrounding electronic discovery as well as the features found in leading e-discovery software applications Concordance and CaseMap will also be introduced.
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.

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 - 2021/2022

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 - 2021/2022

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: 519-452-4222

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 with 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.
  • Applicants who do not have the prerequisites or minimum final grades required for admission into the Law Clerk program are encouraged to apply to the Public Safety Fundamentals program.  The Public Safety Fundamentals program provides a pathway for those students interested in pursuing a legal career program in the School of Public Safety.
  • 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

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

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Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
2022 January

International Students

Start Dates
2022 January
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Barbara Bidner, B.A., LL.B.

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks