The Law Society governs and regulates paralegals providing legal services in Ontario in the public interest. Individuals seeking to become licensed paralegals in Ontario generally must, in addition to being of good character, meet two fundamental licensing conditions: graduation from an accredited paralegal education program in Ontario and successful completion of the paralegal licensing examination. Colleges of applied arts and technology and private career colleges wishing to offer an accredited paralegal education program must apply to the Law Society for accreditation.
To view the Paralegal Education Program Accreditation Policy (“PEPAP”) and associated forms, and to see answers to frequently asked questions, please click on the respective button below.
Once accredited, institutions are subject to audit for compliance with PEPAP requirements. Please click on the Audit Policy and Framework for Accredited Paralegal Education Programs button below for more detail.
To view a chart listing available accredited paralegal education programs in Ontario, and to see answers to frequently asked questions, please click on the respective button below. Accredited paralegal education programs vary by, among other things, location, duration, pedagogical approach, and program credential offered, and students are encouraged to find a program suitable to their needs and preferences.