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*Certification: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a designated credential, 

"​​Advance Certification in Canadian Legal Research and Writing ”​​​

L.A.P.E.C.'s Online Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Legal Research and Writing 

Program characteristics:
Each L.A.P.E. College advance certification course will have its own characteristics and areas of law to be covered. Complete details about each course is available on the 
respective course webpage. 

Being a non-lawyer professional, this Advance Certificate will give you, among other things:


Legal Research 

3 Classes/Lectures
6+ Hours 

The Basics of Legal Research

  • Basic steps of legal research
  • Categories of law (civil, regulatory, admin (immigration law))
  • Sources of law
  • What it takes to be a good researcher 


How to Analyze Situations

  • Identify the issues on a preliminary basis
  • Formulate the issues
  • Identify the need for further information
  • Key words 


How to Research a Subject

  • Binding law and persuasive law
  • What is a secondary and primary source and how they may be useful 
  • Performing the research


Finding and Updating Statutes and Regulations

  • Finding tools for statutes
  • How and why to read statutes
  • Why and how to read a regulation
  • Finding and updating federal regulations
  • How to cite a regulation
  • Finding and updating Ontario regulations 


Finding and Updating Cases

  • How to read a case
  • How cases are published
  • Understanding a case citation
  • How to cite a case
  • How cases are published
  • Formulating the issues
  • Identify the need for further information
  •  Analyzing the facts of situations
  • Are these cases relevant 


CANLII and Other Source Searches

  • Plain or Natural language
  • Boolean searches
  • Proximity searches
  • Substitution and truncation symbol
  • Search syntax
  • Updating cases
  • Key terms

At the end of this course

  • Understand why and how to conduct a legal search
  • Conduct legal research
  • Understand how to use legal research when dealing with cases before tribunals and/or courts

This CAS program(s) is specifically designed for paralegals and Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC)

L.A.P.E.C.’s online Advance Studies Certificate (ASC) program will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need in today's rapidly changing international and local community. Whether you're new to the field of law practice or a seasoned professional looking for new skills and inspiration, L.A.P.E.C.’s online program has a proven track record as one of the only and pioneering online advanced certificate program for Immigration consultants or paralegal and such other legal professionals.

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​​​Course Duration:

Classes/Lectures
12-15 Hours  


Start date and time: Available Now 


Delivery Format: Online Video


Course access validity: Course must be completed within 30 days from the date of admission/registration approval. 


​Method of Instruction: 

​Recorded Lectures
Computer Based Learning


Notes and material:

  • Text book is not required.
  • Digital copy of notes and references will be accessible via course OLMS page in PDF format.


Fees :

  • Legal Research and writing Course regular fee CAD 229*     
  • Fee is 100% refundable if registration is not approved. Refund in this situation is processed automatically.
  • Special discount may apply for P.D.P.E.S.- CPD House member(s) (Please visit sponsors & promotions page for details)


Admission criteria for Programs:​​

  • Must be a member of:
  • Law society in Canada as Lawyer or P1 licensing or
  • ICCRC  or
  • Legal Administrative Professional with a diploma in legal studies such as Law Clerk, legal Admin Assistant, Court Clerk etc,. 


*Disclaimer(s); 

PDLES-LAPEC Educational Program is developed and designed based on a law school level standard to assist students. 

This PDLES-LAPEC  program / course is a voluntary program. It is not mandatory or required by any provincial law society or regulatory body in Canada.

**Meeting the minimum admission requirements and deadline dates is not a guarantee of admission in some courses. Only the most qualified candidates will be considered.

Legal Writing 

3 Classes/Lectures
6+ Hours The Basics of Legal Writing


The Basic Categories of Legal Writing

  • Civil
  • Regulatory
  • Admin (immigration law) 


Understanding and Writing a Case Brief

  • Facts
  • Issues (what is in dispute)
  • Holding (the applied rule of law)
  • Rationale (reason for holding)
  • Dicta (commentary in regard to the decision that was not the basis for the decision)
  • Dissent (if it exists)
  • Parties argument
  • Comment (your view)


Legal Writing

  • How to prepare a case brief, memoranda of law
  • Examples of professional written communications with clients and agencies
  • Examples of several lead statements 
  • Examples of several IRB, IAD Appeal and Section 44 Submission
  • List of key terms used when searching CanLii
  • Writing a case brief  
  • Writing a or preparing a lead statement
  • Writing a response on immigration application
  • Writing a response on immigration enforcement matter (Section 44 reports)
  • Writing a or preparing a submission (oral or written), civil or admin law (immigration)
  • List of key terms used


Students will have access to download the following materials:

  • Examples of case briefs
  • Several memoranda of law
  • Examples of statements of claims
  • Examples of lead statements and responses (immigration law related, application and litigation work)
  • List of key terms used