Paralegal certificate

Credential Certificate
Tuition Per credit
Intakes continuous
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Days & Times

Online, Sat, 9:30am-3pm

Weekday Evenings


Technology Enhanced (Technology is used in the classroom)

Program Start January, May, and September

This program is recognized by the British Columbia Paralegal Association (BCPA) for membership. To view additional information on the Association and membership, please view their webpage here:

The UFV Paralegal certificate program delivers employment-focused education and professional training to prepare students to work immediately as entry level paralegals. Upon successful completion of the Paralegal certificate, graduates will be fully qualified to work as entry-level paralegals in the Province of BC, and to acquire membership in the BC Paralegal Association.

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.

All courses in the certificate receive transfer credit into the diploma program.

Course offerings and fees found on UFV academic calendar.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

As a candidate for the program, you are required to submit the documents listed below:

  1. apply online
  2. Grade 12 or equivalent. Non‐graduates aged 23 or older may be considered on an individual basis.
  3. Proof of 60 net words per minute typing speed (for testing, view available test dates here)
  4. Students must meet the prerequisites for CMNS 125.
  5.  One of the following:
        a) Successful completion at the post‐secondary level, and within the past two years of a Legal Administrative Assistant certificate program that includes a practicum. Also one year of    relevant work experience is preferred.
        b) Two years legal secretarial experience and current employment in a law firm.

The certificate ladders into the Paralegal diploma; all the courses in the certificate transfer for credit into the diploma program. 

Funding: This program will not normally be eligible for financial aid.
TextbooksContact UFV Bookstore 
Student benefits: Contact Student Union Society (SUS)

Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Studies department. If entrance requirements (1 - 5) above are met, you will be contacted for an interview with the instructor.

Step 2: Application Review & Skills Assessment

6. Successful completion of a computer skills assessment
7. Willingness to undergo a security record check

Once you have been accepted into the program, you may register. All fees
 are due at the time of registration.

Program Information

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




PRLG 100

Intro to Law

PRLG 120

Family Law    

PRLG 100

Into to Law

PLLG 230

Legal Research and Writing I

 PRLG 130

Intellectual Property Law

PRLG 230

Legal Research and Writing I

PRLG 125

Criminal Law and Procedures I


PRLG 210

Torts I

PRLG 150

Contracts I

PRLG 135

Wills and the Probate Administration Process

PRLG 140

Property Law

PRLG 200

Litigation I


PRLG 155

Corporate and Commercial Law           

PRLG 205

Insurance Law 


*We strongly encourage students to complete PRLG 100 and PRLG 230 before PRLG 150, PRLG 210, or any electives. 

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 course descriptions, see the UFV Calendar.

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 85% will not be eligible for a practicum.

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.



In addition to a selection of Continuing Studies courses and certificate programs, UFV offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs as well as diplomas, trades certification, and other specialty certificate programs. For more information about programs at UFV please visit our homepage at You may then be interested in contacting Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counseling.

updated January 2017

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