Paralegal and Related Occupations
Other titles : brief writer - law, collection paralegal, commercial law clerk or paralegal, contract clerk - law, conveyance clerk, copyright agent, corporate law clerk or paralegal, corporate securities law clerk, corporation paralegal, court and tribunal agent, Court Bailiffs Act inspector-investigator (Quebec public service), criminal law clerk or paralegal, family law clerk or paralegal, foreclosure clerk or paralegal, forensic technician (Quebec public service), insurance law clerk or paralegal, labour law clerk or paralegal, land titles clerk or examiner, litigation law clerk or paralegal, real estate law clerk or paralegal, tax law clerk or paralegal, wills and estates law clerk or paralegal
Paralegals prepare legal documents and conduct research to assist lawyers or other professionals. Independent paralegals provide legal services to the public as allowed by government legislation, or provide paralegal services on contract to law firms or other establishments. Notaries public administer oaths, take affidavits, sign legal documents and perform other activities according to the scope of their practice. Trademark agents advise clients on intellectual property matters. Paralegals are employed by law firms, by record search companies and in legal departments throughout the public and private sectors. Independent paralegals are usually self-employed. Notaries public are employed by government and in the public and private sectors or they may be self-employed. Trademark agents are employed by law firms and legal departments throughout the public and private sectors, trademark development and search firms or they may be self-employed.
Main duties :
- assist lawyers by interviewing clients, witnesses and other related parties, assembling documentary evidence, preparing trial briefs, and arranging for trials;
- assist lawyers in preparation for mediation and judicial dispute resolutions;
- prepare wills, real estate transactions and other legal documents, court reports and affidavits;
- research records, court files and other legal documents;
- draft legal correspondence and perform general office and clerical duties.
- represent clients in small claims court and in other lower court proceedings, at tribunals and before administrative bodies;
- advise clients and take legal action on landlord and tenant matters, traffic violations, name changes and other issues within their jurisdictions.
- administer oaths and take affidavits and depositions;
- witness and certify the validity of signatures on documents;
- may draft contracts, prepare promissory notes and draw up wills, mortgages and other legal documents;
- may arrange probates and administer the estates of deceased persons.
- advise clients on intellectual property matters and represent clients before the Registrar of Trade-Marks on matters including prosecution of applications for registration of trademarks;
- advise on the registrability of trademarks, trademark licensing requirements, transfer of intellectual property and protection of existing trademark rights;
- represent clients at proceedings before the Trade Marks Opposition Board and in related proceedings;
- may represent clients internationally in consultation with foreign associates and attorneys.
Diploma of College Studies (DCS)
Program length: 3 years
This program aims to train the student to respond to the needs and demands of different work environments of a paralegal technician. The student must demonstrate the appropriate personal and professional attitudes for the legal field (autonomy, judgement and discernment, analyze judicial decisions, sense of observation, efficiency, discretion and ethics, etc.) as well as their ability to manage their time and to work with purpose.