Law Clerk Program
Learn how to use legal software, draft legal documents, interview clients, and help prepare lawyers for trial. Qualify for positions at law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, court offices, and more.
*This program is currently available online*
What is a Law Clerk?
Law clerks play an important role in the legal profession. They work under the supervision of lawyers, assisting with research, document preparation, and routine administrative tasks.
Key skills and responsibilities for law clerks include:
- Assist lawyers by interviewing clients and witnesses
- Organize documentary evidence, prepare trial briefs, and arrange for trials
- Help prepare wills, real estate transactions, court reports and affidavits
- Research records, court files and other legal documents
- Draft legal correspondence
- Perform routine office administration and clerical tasks
Lawyers rely on legal clerks to keep up with heavy caseloads and ensure the legal office runs smoothly. Skilled law clerks are highly valued members of any successful legal team.
Herzing Ottawa’s Law Clerk Program
Herzing Ottawa offers an accelerated Law Clerk program you can complete in just one year. We teach the legal theory, software, and practical skills you need to get hired immediately after graduation.
- 12-month accelerated diploma program
- 4-week internship
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Financial assistance is available for students who qualify
There is steady demand for skilled Law Clerks in Ottawa. The Government of Canada Job Bank predicts demand will remain stable and “balanced” for the next 10 years.
Graduates of Herzing Ottawa Law Clerk program are qualified for a variety of employment opportunities at:
- Law offices
- Government legal departments and agencies
- Financial institutions
- Court and registry offices
- Real estate companies
Job Options for Law Clerk Program Graduates
Law clerks can choose jobs in government, private law firms, or corporate legal departments. They can specialize in a particular area of law—such as litigation, family law, real estate, or corporate law. Or, law clerks can choose to assist lawyers who practice several different areas of law.
Typical job titles include:
- Junior Law Clerk
- Law Clerk
- Legal Researcher
- Legal Administrator
- Corporate Law Clerk
Topics of study for Herzing’s Law Clerk program include legal office procedures, Corporate Law, Wills and Estates, Family Law, Real Estate, and Litigation.
In this program you will learn:
- Legal office procedures, such as booking appointments, managing client records, and processing billing
- How to use PC Law accounting software
- How to conduct legal research using Quicklaw and eCarswell Lawsource
- Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
- Family law regulations and procedures, including how to prepare the statements, agreements, forms, and other documents that are required in family law cases
- Corporate and commercial law
- Rules governing wills and estates, and how to prepare all the paperwork needed to document, manage, and distribute an estate
- Litigation procedures in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and how to prepare trial records, application records, and other court documents
- Real estate law, and how to prepare documents related to buying/selling property
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will examine Financing issues, bankruptcy, shareholders agreements, purchase and sale of businesses.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides instruction in written English and Proofreading. Topics include grammar, word usage, structure, punctuation and proofreading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent (Ontario high school diploma or equivalent) or a mature student (19 years of age or older and has been removed from full-time high school for minimum 2 years)
*Students applying as mature students must demonstrate appropriate levels of math, English literacy, comprehension and/or written skills to warrant success and completion of program
- Pass an entrance test administered by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Note: admission to some programs may include additional requirements
SAMPLE SALARY RANGE:
$45,000 – $55,000
(Legal Administrative Assistant)
12 Months (20 hours/week)
Includes 4 week internship
2020 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
89% of available Herzing College Ottawa graduates were employed in a related field.
*statistics based on most recent available
Your Next Steps
Ready to learn more about the Law Clerk training program? It’s easy to get started. Choose from the following options:
- Fill out the form to ask questions via email
- Chat live with an Admissions Advisor to get your questions answered now
- Click Apply Now to get your application started today!
Why Choose this Program?
- Graduate and get to work in just 12 months
- 4-week internship gives you real work experience for your resume
- Learn from caring instructors with decades of professional legal experience
- Small class sizes where every student gets step-by-step support
- Get access to the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional legal courses after you graduate, tuition-free!
- Take advantage of our amazing Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for law clerk jobs
- Friendly, welcoming campus with students of all ages and backgrounds
- Our grads get hired! In 2020, 89% of available Herzing Ottawa graduates were employed in a related field (based on most recent available data)