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Law Clerk Courses


Law Clerk Courses in Ottawa


  • Word Processing Software
  • This course will focus on the use of a computer in a legal office.  It will include instruction in advanced word processing. Topics include tables, templates, styles, importing and exporting data and mail merge.
  • Legal Projects-Research
  • Students will complete a variety of projects that are typical of a legal office. Word processing will be used extensively.  Quicklaw and eCarswell Lawsource online sources are included.
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • This course presents the practical application of the concepts and features of a spreadsheet package using Microsoft® Excel. Topics include using and managing worksheets and workbooks; applying formatting and style features; working with data, formulas, and functions; managing charts and graphics; working with outlines, views, and reports; using auditing tools, collaborative tools, and hyperlinks; and integrating with other programs.
  • Computerized Billing
  • This is a computerized accounting package.  Opening of a file, tracking of a file, docketing, and setting up of accounts will be discussed using PC Law.
  • Family Law
  • This course provides instruction in family law and the application of the various laws. Topics include the components of marriage and divorce, property division and support, the relationship of children to family law, and the documentation and procedures related to family law.
  • Presentation
  • This course provides the study of the principles and features of a presentation graphics package, Microsoft® PowerPoint. Topics include creating and modifying presentations; applying formatting techniques; working with charts, objects, and graphics; managing templates; automating slide shows; sharing presentations with programs; working with interactive slide shows; and using the Web for presentations.
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • This course provides instruction in the law, which governs the formation and operation of all types of business organizations.  Topics include the organizational structure of businesses, the responsibilities and liabilities of corporations, directors, and shareholders, and the administration of corporate law.  Students will also be able to distinguish between an Ontario corporations verses a Federal corporation.  Not for Profit Organizations will also be discussed.
  • Corporate II
  • Students will examine Financing issues, bankruptcy, shareholders agreements, purchase and sale of businesses.
  • Wills and Estates
  • This course provides instruction in the law governing wills and estates. Students are provided an in-depth exploration of estate planning, the preparation of wills and the powers and duties of lawyers and executors.
  • Wills and Estates II
  • Students will be able to prepare all necessary paperwork required to probate and administer an estate including estate management, estate proceedings and beneficiary administration. Prerequisite: LA 135 Wills and Estates.
  • Legal Office Procedures
  • This course provides an introduction to the office practices and procedures of legal firms. Topics include the legal environment, ethics and the law, reception duties, the management of work and time, records management, document preparation, billing procedures and intermediate MS Outlook.
  • English and Proofreading
  • This course provides instruction in written English and Proofreading. Topics include grammar, word usage, structure, punctuation and proofreading.
  • Legal Aid and Billing
  • This course provides instruction on how to apply online computerized billing on behalf of lawyers and their law firms. Topics also include tariff fees, tier systems, and hourly rates that lawyers, law clerks, junior lawyers and students-at-law can bill under the Legal Aid program.
  • Litigation
  • This course familiarizes students with civil litigation and procedures in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The steps in the litigation process will be discussed, from preparing the statement of claim up to conducting discovery. Students will learn about the relevant Rules of Civil Procedure and will prepare court documents using the required forms.
  • Litigation II
  • Students continue to learn about the stages of a lawsuit, from discovery to trial. Alternative dispute resolution will be discussed, including mediation and arbitration. Students will draft trial records and application records, along with other court documents.
  • Real Estate
  • This course provides instruction in the laws governing real property and the purchase and sale of real property. Topics include the nature of real property, the purchase and sale of real property, mortgages, and the documentation and correspondence relating to the purchase and sale of real estate.  Teraview software will be used extensively.
  • Real Estate II
  • This course provides an in-depth exploration of the purchase and sell of real properties. Students will be exposed to the process of registration of real property and registry act.  Student will also gain knowledge on how to search title and survey land.
  • Career Developments
  • This mandatory course helps students prepare for employment, conduct a successful campaign to find employment, and be successful in their career.  Topics covered; preparation of a resume, covering letter and thank you letter to use in job search.
  • Internship
  • The internship component of the program is the practical application of a student’s knowledge and skills in an industry environment. The industry shall be directly related to the student’s program of study. The internship requires full-time day attendance working in the industry setting. The duration of the internship is four weeks, during which the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 80 hours of work experience.


• Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
• Pass an entrance test administrated by Herzing College
• Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
• Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements

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