Accelerated 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 “Accelerated Paralegal Technology” program is designed for students who have completed all general education courses at the college level; Humanities, Literature, French second language, Physical Education and complementary courses.

This five semester specialized program enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work within the legal profession. After obtaining a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC), students also have the option of pursuing their studies at a faculty of Law at the university level. Paralegals carry out various responsibilities within the legal profession.

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.

OVER 25 YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD!
NEW
All of our Paralegal Technology students will receive training on Juris Concept / Juris Evolution specialized software


WITH THIS PROGRAM, GRADUATES MAY ALSO PURSUE STUDIES IN LAW AT UNIVERSITY




BILINGUAL ENVIRONMENT

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 lÉducation 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.





MOCK TRIAL

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




FIFTEEN-WEEK INTERSHIP

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.



AGREEMENT WITH LAVAL UNIVERSITY

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.

AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBOOKE

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.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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
- FNF
- Gowling
- Langlois
- Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand 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 (60 h)
Software II / Paralegal (45 h)
Title Search (45 h)

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

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

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