Senior Paralegal

The Senior Paralegal is responsible for organizing all legal activities of the section by collecting information, researching law and facts, preparing assembling and analyzing documents. 


  • Undergraduate degree and two (2) years of experience
  • College diploma and four (4) years of experience

Education must be in paralegal, law clerk or in a law related field.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.  If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.


Experience in providing paralegal or legal assistant support in a legal office where civil litigation proceedings or legal research of high complexity make up the majority of the daily responsibilities.

High Complexity – requires an advanced level of competency and knowledge as a paralegal working independently or alongside counsel on complicated legal matters, involving numerous elements and relationships in complex areas of law including high complexity litigation (often lasting over several years) and advisory files.

Candidates must also possess the following experience and must have been acquired within the last four (4) years:

  • Three (3) years of  experience in conducting legal research using conventional tools such as Quicklaw, CanLii, and WestLaw and drafting summaries;
  • Three (3) years of experience identifying, analyzing, drafting and processing relevant information/documents related to litigation proceedings;
  • Three (3) years of experience in providing advice and recommendations to counsel or senior management;


  • Experience in providing litigation support to counsel in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and/or National Security Law.
  • Experience in organizing and maintaining documents using an electronic litigation support system such as Ringtail.


  • Rigour
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Client Service
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal Skills 
  • Judgement

Conditions of Employment

Flexibility is required in relation to the work schedule that may extend beyond core hours of work based on operational requirements. 



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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to diversity and inclusion and the equitable participation of all Canadians. Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential.

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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