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Municipal Law Clerk (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
0945
School:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

This program will provide the comprehensive skills necessary to prepare graduates for entry-level opportunities within law departments of municipalities, insurance companies, and land and property development organizations. Individuals may enhance their skills in the municipal law field. Through knowledge and practice, students will be able to participate in Ontario Municipal Board advocacy, Small Claims Court advocacy, and Tenant Protection Act actions. The placement component is integral in providing the student with an opportunity to focus on a specific area(s) of their legal interest.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Courses

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.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
LAW1230 Introduction To Law
Description: Designed to provide the student with an overview of the Canadian and Ontario court systems, this course provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of a municipal law clerk. Topics include an introduction to basic fields and sources of law, methods of legal analysis and research, court structure, legal profession, and legal ethics.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW1250 Municipal Law
Description: Dealing with the nature, structure and functions of various units of the local level of government, the focus of this course is primarily on Ontario municipal corporations. Topics range from the 'Municipal Tax Sales Act' and the 'Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act' to a discussion of contemporary urban problems.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW1260 Legal Research And Report Writing
Description: Preparing cases and related documentation, the student will learn how to conduct legal research using a law library and computer databases in this course. Also, the student will learn how to prepare research papers, update cases and legislation and prepare legal memoranda using uniform legal citation.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1230
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW1270 Ontario Municipal Board Advocacy
Description: This course will provide practical exposure to the process and procedure followed at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing. Topics covered include: commencing an appeal, service of legal documents, motions to dismiss, pre-hearing conferences, mediation, hearing procedures and techniques.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1280
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW1280 Planning Law
Description: Designed to teach an overview of Canadian planning law and an understanding of Ontario planning law, this course reviews significant portions of the Ontario 'Planning Act'.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1250
CoRequisites:
Details
LAW1310 Prosecutions
Description: Providing an overview of the field of prosecutions and familiarity with the Provincial Offences Act, this course teaches the types of offences typically prosecuted by a municipality as well as evidence issues.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1260, LAW1250
CoRequisites:
Details
LAW1320 Small Claims Court Advocacy
Description: Focusing on Small Claims Court actions, this course teaches students to use current precedents and follow proper procedures to prepare and present documentation in Small Claims Court. Topics range from statements of claim and statements of defence, to settlements, pre-trial conferences, and costs.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1230
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW1330 Litigation Procedures
Description: Practical in orientation, this course teaches how to use the Rules of Civil Procedure and prepare court documents. A review of the procedural rules and proceedings leading to trial will be undertaken. This will include applications and default motions and the rules of civil procedure and case management.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1230
CoRequisites:
Closed
LAW1340 Real Estate Law
Description: Giving a broad overview of real estate law, this course will help the student gain familiarity with the teranet computer search system and insight into the previous system of recording instruments against title. Topics covered range from estate classification to issues relating to contaminated sites.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1230
CoRequisites:
Details
LAW1350 Mediation And Dispute Resolution
Description: This course will address the design and implementation of conflict resolution skills and mechanisms which seek solutions by negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and other arrangements which have proven effective in practice.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1230
CoRequisites:
Details
LAW1360 Municipal Law Clerk Placement
Description: This practical course gives the student the opportunity to utilize competencies and skills developed through the program in a hands-on setting. The working hours, days and times will be arranged on an individual basis (with the support of the Placement Coordinator) in order to satisfy both the organization and the student. Opportunities to implement skills of the municipal law clerk in areas of landlord/tenant, report writing, OMB, prosecutions and other issues are available through this student placement component. Students must be accepted in the Municipal Law Clerk program and be in contact with the Placement Coordinator.
Hours: 42
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: LAW1270, LAW1310, LAW1320, LAW1350
CoRequisites:
Details
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
LAW1230 Introduction to Law X X
LAW1250 Municipal Law X
LAW1260 Legal Research and Report Writing X
LAW1270  Ontario Municipal Board Advocacy X
LAW1280  Planning Law X
LAW1310 Prosecutions   X
LAW1320  Small Claims Court Advocacy X
LAW1330 Litigation Procedures X
LAW1340  Real Estate Law (w/software) X
LAW1350 Mediation and Dispute Resolution X
LAW1360  Municipal Law Clerk Placement X X X

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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Rath Saroeun, rsaroeun@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 2240

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