Legal Word of the Day: “Paralegal”

Photo: LSUC

Photo: LSUC

“Paralegal” — In Ontario, a paralegal is a professional who is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide legal services within a limited scope of practice.

Paralegals are advocates, able to represent clients in proceedings such as Small Claims Court, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Immigration and Refugee Board, and administrative boards and tribunals.

Anyone in Ontario who provides legal services must have a licence — unless they are exempted under the Law Society Act or a Law Society by-law.

Students and those in exempted groups are eligible to apply to become licensed after they graduate from a Law Society-accredited program, or as part of the Exempted Group Integration Licensing Process.

    Related links:

    Do I Need a Paralegal? – SCOPE’s handy explanation

    Licensing Exemptions Narrowed by Declaration

    Hensel, Re, 2003 CanLII 48951 (ON LSHP)
    Not identifying oneself as a student found to be “conduct unbecoming.”

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