Continuing Education

Paralegal certificate

Legal Professions

Take up the next challenge in your legal career

If you are already working as a legal administrative assistant and looking for career advancement or new challenges in the field of law, consider training as a paralegal.

UFV Paralegal certificate classes are scheduled on evenings, weekends, and online to suit your professional schedule. You can complete a one-year certificate part-time and move on to tackle a two-year paralegal diploma. Learn from attorneys and experienced paralegals with exceptional academic and professional qualifications in small classes where you get personal attention and become familiar with terminology, policies, and procedures that apply to all areas of law. The certificate is recognized by the British Columbia Paralegal Association (BCPA) for membership.

Credential: Certificate

Format: Part time

Duration: 1–3 years

Days and times: Online, evenings and Saturdays

Location: Abbotsford — Clearbrook Centre

Tuition*: Per credit

Practicum available? Yes

Start dates: January, September

Application deadline:
Continuous intake: Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. Application Type: Undergrad.

* Tuition subject to change without notice. Textbooks are not included in tuition.

Employment facts

The UFV Paralegal certificate program delivers employment-focused education and professional training to prepare you to work immediately as an entry-level paralegal in the province of BC, and to acquire membership with the B.C. Paralegal Association. ​

In British Columbia, paralegals have excellent employment prospects. Paralegals can work in law firms, government offices, compliance departments in public or private corporations, legal aid clinics, banks, search houses, marketing agencies, recruitment agencies, consulting firms, educational institutions, research firms, or in companies that support the legal profession. Many paralegals opt to be self-employed and work for lawyers on a contract basis. Some paralegals choose to become a notary public or a trademark agent, as these related professions are complementary.

In June 2012, the BC Law Society adopted rules to allow designated paralegals to give legal advice and appear in court, opening new areas of practice for professionals in the field. Consequently, demand for these legal professionals continues to be high, as they deliver cost-effective legal services to a variety of clients. In fact, the Government of Canada's Job Bank predicts that, over the period 2015–2024, there will be a shortage of paralegals to fill new job openings.

Entrance requirements

View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Students are also required to complete a keyboarding assessment before you start your classes. 

Program outline

The eight courses provide the necessary foundation and fundamental skill set to begin work as a paralegal in BC. Elective courses, a cross-disciplinary selection, focus on different areas of law including: family, criminal, litigation, wills and probate, property, insurance corporate & commercial and intellectual property. The certificate ladders into the Paralegal diploma.

Students enrolled in the Paralegal program will:

  • Define, discuss and apply the ethical standards of modern paralegal practice.
  • Name, define and differentiate Canadian sources of law.
  • Apply basic British Columbia legal procedures.
  • Discuss and articulate essential legal concepts in torts, contacts and corporate/business and family applications.
  • Draft, copy and distribute various documents and legal correspondence using modern technologies.
  • Conduct basic research including identifying legislation and citing case law.

Courses

Required (Core Courses): 4 courses

  • PRLG 100 - Introduction to Law
  • PRLG 150 - Contracts I
  • PRLG 210 - Torts I
  • PRLG 230 - Legal Research and Writing I

Electives: 4 courses

  • PRLG 120 - Family Law
  • PRLG 125 - Criminal Law and Procedures I
  • PRLG 130 - Intellectual Property Law
  • PRLG 135 - Wills and the Probate Administration Process
  • PRLG 140 - Property Law
  • PRLG 155 - Corporate and Commercial Law
  • PRLG 200 - Litigation I
  • PRLG 205 - Insurance Law

For full Paralegal course descriptions, see the UFV Calendar.

Course Schedule

We strongly encourage you to complet PRLG 100 and PRLG 230 before PRLG 150, PRLG 210, or any elective.

Winter
PRLG 100 Intro to Law
PRLG 230 Legal Research and Writing I
PRLG 150 Contracts I
PRLG 200 Litigation I
PRLG 205 Insurance Law

 

Summer
 PRLG 120  Family Law
PRLG 125 Criminal Law and Procedures I
 PRLG 135 Wills and the Probate Administration Process

 

Fall
PRLG 100 Intro to Law
PRLG 230  Legal Research and Writing I 
PRLG 210 Torts I
 PRLG 130 Intellectual Property Law 
PRLG 140   Property Law
PRLG 155 Corporate and Commercial Law  

 

Evaluation

Students whose grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 may be required to withdraw from the program. Students who fail to maintain a cumulative grade of 85% will not be eligible for a practicum.

Instructors

Classes are taught by lawyers and paralegals possessing exceptional academic and professional qualifications. This program blends substantive legal study with instruction and hands-on practice in paralegal skills.

Questions?

Phone: 604-851-6324
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 6324
Email: continuingeducation@ufv.ca
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