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Education

The Associate Level Program consists of four courses: litigation, corporate, real estate and estates. 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. These courses are designed to prepare a student to write The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario's Provincial Examinations.

ILCO's Frequently Asked Questions

There are many fields of specialization, however, the following summary outlines the general areas of practice:

LITIGATION

A diverse area of civil practice that presents you with a wide range of duties and responsibilities which may include legal research, drafting pleadings and preparing documents for court proceedings, preparing documentary 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.

CORPORATE LAW

The Corporate course examines the various types of business ownerships. The course places particular emphasis on the following topics: the corporate and administrative procedures involved in preparing and filing articles of incorporation; organizing a corporation by way of a minute book; preparing and filing relevant incorporation-related documents that relate to the composition of a corporation i.e. articles of amendment, annual returns, extra-provincial filings, and dissolutions; financing issues and relevant searches; and share purchase agreements. In this area of law, students should be familiar with the Act(s) governing the formation and operation of a corporation. 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.

REAL ESTATE

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, selling, financing, closing the transaction, etc., etc. 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.

ESTATES

This course deals with the preparation of will, powers of attorney and the administration of estates. This includes the collection, realization and management of the assets of the deceased and after settlement of the debts of the estate, the payment of legacies and the distribution of the residue to the beneficiaries. Knowledge of the documents to be filed to obtain the required court grant of letters testamentary, preparation of estate accounts, administration of ongoing trusts and the preparation of income tax returns, and estate related litigation are all areas associated with this field. 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.

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