Legal Career Resources

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Continuing Education for Legal Professionals in Ontario

Education does not stop once you leave school.  Find out about the courses that are available at community colleges throughout Ontario.

ILCO ILCO: The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
Centennial College Centennial College: Offers courses accredited by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
CDI CDI: Offers a variety of legal specific courses.
Conestoga College Conestoga College (Law Clerk)/Conestoga College (Legal Assistant): Offers law clerk and legal assistant courses.
Confederation College Confederation College: Offers law and security administration courses.
Durham College Durham College: See School of Justice on the linked page for courses.
Fanshaw College Fanshawe College: Offers law clerk courses.
Fleming College Fleming College: Offers law clerk and legal assistant courses.
George Brown College George Brown College: Offers courses accredited by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
Georgian College Georgian College: Offers law and security administration courses.
Humber College Humber College: Offers a comprehensive selection of legal courses.
Loyalist College Loyalist College: Offers law clerk courses.
Mohawk College Mohawk College (Legal Admin)/Mohawk College (Law and Security Administration): Offers legal administration, law and security administration courses.
Niagara College Niagara College: Offers a legal assistant course in document production.
Seneca College Seneca College (Legal and Corporate Admin) Seneca College (Legal Assistant) Seneca College (Law Clerk): Offers legal and corporate administration, legal assistant and an accelerated law clerk course.
Sheridan College Sheridan College: Court and tribunal agent programs, and office legal administration.
triOS College triOS College: Paralegal and legal assistant diploma programs.

Resume Writing

The purpose of having a strong resume is to arouse enough interest, curiosity or astonishment to generate a telephone call or face-to-face meeting with someone you want to meet. Once completed, the finished resume should be brief and concise, and contain these elements:

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Experience

To emphasize skills and talents, cluster experience under headings that highlight these skills i.e., leadership, research, and computers. List positions beginning with the most recent.

Write responsibilities using action verbs. To support work experience, your accomplishments could be highlighted in this section.

References

Prepare a separate list of references and include: complete name, title, company name, address, and telephone numbers – offer list to prospective employer after your interview.

Skills

List computer languages and software, research, laboratory, teaching or tutoring, communication and leadership skills.

Interviewing

Obtain as much possible background information on the company, including the specific position requirements and competencies that the employer is trying to fill.

The interview is a fact-finding mission for you and the employer, and you should handle yourself accordingly. If you do not have all the answers you need going in, use your time in the interview to ask questions. This will demonstrate interest, initiative, and provide you with an opportunity to build a rapport with the interviewer. If you fear you may forget your questions or information, bring with you a small folder with some questions written down as well as room for you to make brief notes during the course of the interview. Make sure that you have the permission of a couple of individuals who will act as your references, and bring a list of them and their contact information with you to the interview.

Turn off your cell phone or pager. Make sure you are conducting yourself professionally at all times. You are interested in a job with this company, now show it. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview, and actively listen to what the interviewer has to say. Remember to emphasize your strengths that are similar to those required for this position, and be ready to provide real workplace experiences that demonstrate your abilities. Be enthusiastic and proud of your accomplishments and your abilities. Focus on the ways that this experience and your personal attributes would benefit the employer and be an excellent fit for this role. Remember to be assertive, not aggressive, when discussing your abilities. Never speak poorly about an employer, past or present.

You may find yourself being asked about your current salary and your expected salary. Be prepared for this. Never overstate your current salary and be able to provide reasons why any prospective employer would be willing to pay you your requested salary.

When the time comes, be sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time, shake his/her hand again, and smile.

Employers will agree that there are a number of things that prospective candidates do to separate themselves from their competition. Unfortunately, many applicants will experience rejection based on one or more of the following:

  • Inadequate personality, poor attitude, lack of poise, lack of self-confidence, timid, hesitant approach, too introverted;
  • Lack of goals/objectives, poorly motivated, does not know his/her interests or career plans, not interested in the type of job being offered, lack of meaningful questions;
  • Unrealistic salary demands, more interested in salary than in opportunity, unrealistic expectations, over-emphasis on management positions, unwilling to start at the bottom and work his/her way up;
  • Poor personal appearance, lack of neatness, or careless dress or wearing heavy perfumes;
  • Failure to get information about firm or company, lack of preparation for the interview, showing up late or unprepared in any way;
  • Excessive interest in security and benefits.

References

The references you select should be familiar with your achievements, skills and capabilities, and have no hesitation in making strong statements in your favour. Be sure to ask if they will be available to provide you with an EXCELLENT reference. What your references actually may say is important, however, the enthusiasm and conviction they project is just as critical.

Make sure you pick people who can present your strengths well, and let them know that you have high regard for their opinions, which is why you want to use them. Take this opportunity to address concerns that you feel the prospective employer needs to alleviate, like your shyness, which does not equivocate to a lack of ability.

After speaking with your referee, it is good to send a brief note or an e-mail showing your appreciation and summarizing a few positive things that he/she can say about you, or prepare a list of questions that employers might ask and suggest answers for them.

Resignation

Resign with Dignity – As with your letter or memo, the initial face-to-face discussion with your manager should be brief. Express your appreciation for the opportunity, and explain that you have found a position that is more appropriate to your future career goals. Keep this meeting positive, and if possible, have this meeting first thing in the morning. Expect a Reaction – Your manager will probably be very surprised by your decision to leave and may even take it personally. It is important to stick with your prepared comments and not get flustered. Always keep the focus of the meeting on the positive experience you have had with the company and your desire to maintain your professional contacts. Let your manager know that you will complete or manage the transition of projects with which you are currently involved.

If you need to speak to someone about your resignation, please call your Consultant at Kent Legal 416-363-7227. We can help you!