Education is an investment. Deciding to invest time and money in courses represents a big step forward, whether the student is a seasoned licensee, a new licensed paralegal, or a recent paralegal graduate.
This month, a new education provider has begun offering CPD-approved courses that allow paralegals to continue or extend their learning.
Andrea Sesum, President and Founder of LSG College of Law, says she started the courses to increase the opportunities for paralegals to earn a decent living.
“Paralegals are currently being limited to certain already over-populated areas of practice, such as Provincial Offences,” Sesum says. “This may be because they do not feel confident or competent enough to take on criminal, immigration or Statutory Accident Benefit cases, for example.”
Sesum is a Paralegal, Immigration Consultant and College Professor. She says her involvement with the paralegal community showed her the need for extensive, certificate-based courses.
Increasing Skills, Confidence
While other licensees receive specialized training in more areas than paralegals, and have the option of focused learning through articling, paralegals had fewer ways to gain practical, nuts and bolts details in specific areas within the scope of practice.
“Paralegals cannot survive on occasional Provincial Offences clients,” she notes. “We need to better ourselves, ourselves. It’s the only way to remain in the paralegal profession and be self-employed.”
LSG College of Law currently offers five-week, 40-hour courses. The courses are LSUC-approved for CPD Hours and are designed to complement the basic knowledge acquired during paralegal studies, making licensees more confident and competent. The CPD courses are non-vocational and do not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
Enrolment opened July 2. Sesum is gratified by the response to the course offerings.
As one paralegal who has enrolled put it: “The sooner we captain our own ships and take ownership for advanced education, the faster the LSUC and others will see how very serious we are about our careers and profession.”
Catering to Paralegals’ Needs, Schedules
Because LSG College of Law caters to licensed paralegals with busy schedules, there are several ways to attend. Classes take place in Toronto’s Etobicoke neighbourhood, at 5415 Dundas Street West, Suite 100. It’s next to Kipling Subway Station and the GO Train.
Classes run in the evening and are also available via interactive live webcast, or by watching a webinar at the student’s convenience — or a combination of those.
“I think that there is an advantage to knowing that you need to sign in to your on-line class and participate,” Sesum says. “The professor has the same expectation from you as from the someone sitting in the classroom in front of him. All the participants need is a camera and speakers. The sign-up is quite easy and so is the actual system. I did extensive research and selected the newest technology and software design.”
Class size is limited to 20 in-person and 25 live webinar attendees, to ensure a personal approach.
Sesum carefully selected LSG College of Law instructors, from among the experts in their areas of practice.
Instructors include: Frank Alfano, a paralegal and professor; Mark Greco, a paralegal, former Provincial Prosecutor and College Professor; Marian Lippa, criminal law paralegal and Angelina Shuster, a paralegal practising in immigration.
Courses available and coming up:
- Provincial Offences for Paralegals – Starts August 6, with Frank Alfano and Mark Greco
- Criminal Offences for Paralegals (Substantive Law) – Starts July 22
- Criminal Offences for Paralegals (Procedural Law, Part II) – Starts August 26
- Appellate and Trial Advocacy for Paralegals – Start TBA
- Immigration and Refugee Board for Paralegals – Start TBA
Check LSG College of Law for updates and enrolment details.
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