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The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario

These courses are not eligible for PLAR.

The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) is the professional organization for Law Clerks incorporated in May 1968, for the purpose of providing an organized network for the promotion of unity, cooperation and mutual assistance among Law Clerks in Ontario. It is the mandate of ILCO to provide and promote general and legal education to its members for the purpose of increasing their knowledge, efficiency and professional ability. In addition, ILCO strives to advance and protect the status and interests of the profession. The Law Society of Upper Canada established the name Law Clerk and permitted use of this title to members of ILCO in 1968.

Litigation and Real Estate are offered in the Fall semester and Estates and Corporate Law are offered in the Winter semester.

The program is designed to enhance the education and skills of law clerks already in the profession, expand the knowledge of experienced legal secretaries, and provide the basic academic foundation needed for people with legal experience planning a career as a law clerk. All courses are offered jointly by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) and Conestoga College.

Prerequisite: A minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent and two years of legal experience is recommended.

Note: At the end of each course, there is a final exam that is uniform across the province and is worth 100% of the final mark. Persons wishing to write this exam will be charged an examination fee of $150, payable to the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Examination Registration Form is completed and sent to ILCO. There will be no grading by Conestoga College for completion of the Law Clerk courses. A grade report will be issued by ILCO upon completion of the written examination. Examinations are written at the Conestoga College campus where the class is held.

For more information, please contact:
Anne Marie MacIntosh, Education Coordinator
The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario
20 Adelaide Street East, Suite 502
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2T6
Phone: 416-214-6252 ext.262 Fax: 416-214-6255
Email: education@ilco.on.ca
Website: www.ilco.on.ca

Online Equivalencies
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
ILCO0010 Litigation
Online equivalent OLRN0590
X
ILCO0020 Real Estate
Online equivalent OLRN0760
X
ILCO0050 Corporate
Online equivalent OLRN0600
X
ILCO0060 Estates
Online equivalent OLRN0610
X

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Courses
Course # Courses Status
ILCO0010 Litigation
Description: A diverse area of civil practice that presents you with a wide range of duties and responsibilites which may include: legal research, drafting pleadings and preparing documents for court proceedings, preparing demonstrative evidence, preparing for and assisting at trial, and appeals; and conducting examinations in aid of execution and the enforcement of orders . This course is especially appropriate for those currently employed as law clerks or experienced legal secretaries. A good command of the written English language is a definite asset. Note: Fee does not include Litigation Syllabus.
Hours: 75
Credits: 0
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ILCO0020 Real Estate
Description: This course provides the student with a broad foundation of legal concepts and applications relevant to the legal practice area of residential real estate. All aspects of the basic residential real estate transaction are covered including land division in Ontario, the many faceted land registration system , surveys, title insurance , ownership, the agreement of purchase and sale,the numerous applicable statutes, purchasing, financing, closing the transaction, etc. This course is especially appropriate for those employed as law clerks or legal secretaries. A good command of the written English language is a definite asset. Note: Fee does not include Real Estate Syllabus.
Hours: 57
Credits: 0
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OLRN0590 Litigation (ILCO)
Description: Recommended: 2 years law office experience
This course is intended to prepare students for the ILCO Litigation Examination. Litigation is a diverse area of civil and criminal practice that presents law clerks with a wide range of duties and responsibilities which may include: interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting preliminary investigations, drafting pleadings, preparing documents for court proceedings, preparing demonstrative evidence, preparing for and assisting at trial, attendance on assessment of costs, small claims court trials. Course fees include Syllabus only. Exam Registration fees and textbooks are not included. Exam must be scheduled with ILCO, including payment.
Hours: 75
Credits: 0
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OLRN0760 Real Estate (ILCO)
Description: Recommended: 2 years law office experience
This course is intended to prepare students for the ILCO Real Estate Exam. Real Estate includes the purchase, sale, leasing and mortgaging of land and buildings. A law clerk might normally be involved in drafting and negotiations for approval of the contract between vendor and purchaser, investigating title, preparation of documents, details of financing, closing the transaction and communications with the client. Specialized knowledge of the applicable statutes, regulations and other official bulletins relating to real estate is essential. Participation in the assignments and discussion is deemed essential in order to properly prepare for the ILCO provincial exam. Course fees include Syllabus only. Exam registration fees and textbooks are not inlcuded.
Hours: 57
Credits: 0
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