Paralegal Technology

DEC – 310.C0

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Prepare for a career in Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Civil Law, Administration Law, Real Estate Law, Litigation, Notarial Law or in a Bailiff Office.

This three year specialized program enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work within the legal profession. After obtaining a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS), students also have the option of pursuing their studies at a faculty of law at the university level or complete a 5-week program to work as a Bailiff.

Paralegals carry out various responsibilities within the legal profession. These include, among others, analyzing and researching legal issues. Moreover, a paralegal drafts written procedures and other legal documents, attends meetings with clients and assists lawyers during trials before different tribunals.

Would you like to improve your French ?
You can now follow a course of your program in French as of the second semester !
All of our Paralegal Technology students will receive training on Juris Concept / Juris Evolution specialized software



The program content is not limited to the study of law. During the program, students will undertake courses in introduction to computers and French as a second language, in order to better prepare them for the job market.
Basic knowledge of French is required to follow this program of study because certain textbooks are only in French.

Each semester, students in the program will have the unique opportunity to improve their bilingualism by collaborating on a second language group project.

In order to fulfill the needs of the job market and to satisfy the requirements of the "Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement Supérieur" regarding the application of the approach by competency and more specifically in the objectives dealing with the comprehension of juridical language in the second language, students will namely be required to:

- Read doctrine and jurisprudence in the second language
- Occasionally draft in the second language
- Complete bilingual research

The program is also enriched by many hours of training in the computer laboratory, the main objective being to build a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of the legal profession. Included are courses in civil procedures, computer-assisted legal research, corporate law, real estate law and various other areas studied with the aid of software.

In addition, students partake in activities associated with their training. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Palais de justice de Montréal and attend a trial; a visit to a law firm's library is also foreseen within the context of the legal research class.


A special project is put forward in the Legal Procedures Practicum course where students prepare a mock litigation.


The program concludes with a fifteen-week internship (525 hours) in a legal related field. The knowledge acquired is thus applied to real-life situations and graduates can undertake their careers as paralegals with confidence and assurance.


Following an agreement with Laval University, our graduates of the Paralegal program who wish to continue their studies in Law at Laval University will be recognized, with an equivalent of 12 credits applicable to their program of study.


Following an agreement with Université de Sherbrooke, our graduates of the Paralegal program who wish to continue their studies in Law at Université de Sherbrooke, will be given a dispense for four courses or will be recognized an equivalent of 6 credits applicable to their program of study.


Prepare for a career in Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Civil Law, Administration Law, Real Estate Law, Litigation, Notarial Law or become a bailiff.

O’Sullivan graduates have the necessary skills to work in companies such as:

- Borden Ladner Gervais
- Blake Cassels & Graydon
- Marque d'Or, une société
- Thomson Reuters
- C.R.A.C.
- Davies
- Dentons
- Fasken Martineau
- Gowling
- Langlois
- Lapointe Rosenstein Marchard Melançon
- Lavery
- McCarthy Tétrault
- Ministère de la Justice du Canada
- Palais de justice
- Robic
- Robinson Sheppard Shapiro
- Sureté du Québec
- Stikeman Elliott
- Couche-Tard
- Transcontinental
- Miller Thomson
- Smart & Biggar
- Ivanhoé Cambridge
- Ministère de la Justice du Québec
- and many others…

Administrative Law (45 h)
Civil Law I (75 h)
Civil Law II (75 h)
Civil Law III (60 h)
Civil Law IV (45 h)
Civil Law V (45 h)
Civil Procedures I (60 h)
Civil Procedures II (60 h)
Commercial Law (45 h)
Computer-Assisted Legal Research (60 h)
Corporate Law (60 h)
Criminal Law I (45 h)
Drafting of Deeds (45 h)
Drafting of Legal Procedures (45 h)
Internship* (525 h)
Introduction to the Work Function (45 h)
Labor Legislation and Procedures (45 h)
Legal Procedures Practicum (45 h)
Legal Research (75 h)
Penal Procedure (45 h)
Software I / Paralegal (45 h)
Software II / Paralegal (60 h)
Title Search (45 h)

Complementary courses
Practical Software Applications / Paralegal (45 h)
Specialized Legal Procedures in French (45 h)

* A fifteen-week internship (525 hours) is completed during the last semester.
The college assists each student with their internship search.

We teach the following computerized tools and applications as well as specialized software :
Windows, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Soquij, Quicklaw, Juris Concept/Juris Evolution, La référence, etc.

General education :
The general education includes 2 courses in French as a second language, as well as the mandatory courses which are 3 courses in Humanities, 4 courses in Literature and 3 courses in Physical Education.

N.B. : The College reserves the right to modify this program without advance notice.

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