Paralegal Diploma program
Program Status: Currently accepting applications
As an integral part of a law team, paralegals attend hearings, conduct legal research, interview clients or witnesses, manage evidence and draft legal documents.
Demand for paralegals is rising in the wake of a BC Law Society ruling that allows designated paralegals to give legal advice and appear in court, under the supervision of a lawyer.
- Study the basic foundation and structure of the Canadian legal system
- Become familiar with litigation and legal research processes
- Develop skills in computer programs as they apply to the practice of law
- Learn fundamental knowledge about the formation of contracts, breach of contracts, and remedies for the breach of contracts and will become familiar with the terminology, policies, and procedures applied to estate planning, wills, trusts, estate taxes, estate sales, and joint tenancy.
- Study family including divorce, separation, custody, adoption, guardianship, and community property
- Study criminal law including common law, statutory crimes and punishment, crime classification, principles of liability, and basic criminal procedure concepts.
Tuition and fees
View tuition and fees under the Vocational courses column. This program will not normally be eligible for financial aid.
This is a two-year diploma program. Classes run at night, enabling you to study while you work. At the end of the program, you get to complete a six-month practicum before you graduate.
- BC high school graduation or equivalent. Non‐graduates aged 23 or older may be considered on an individual basis
- Students must meet the prerequisites for CMNS 125
- Successful completion at the post‐secondary level, and within the past two years, of a Legal Administrative Assistant certificate program that includes a practicum
- One year of relevant work experience is preferred.
- Two years legal secretarial experience and current employment in a law firm.
Additional documents required for admission
- Proof of 60 wpm typing speed (attach copy of certificate or phone us at 604-851-6324 to book at test)
- Willingness to undergo a security record check for practicum purposes
- A 500‐word written statement outlining reasons for wanting to take the program
- Interview with instructor(s) to discuss your career goals and knowledge of the field and to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and life skills.
How to Apply
Submit the application fee and your completed UFV application form to the Office of the Registrar.
(PRLG 100) Introduction to Law
(PRLG 105) Legal Office Procedures
(PRLG 110) Information Technology and the Legal System
(PRLG 115) Evidence
(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 145) Criminal Law and Procedures II
(PRLG 150) Contracts I
(PRLG 155) Corporate and Commercial Law
(PRLG 200) Litigation I
(PRLG 205) Insurance Law
(PRLG 210) Torts I
(PRLG 215) Administrative Law
(PRLG 220) Contracts II
(PRLG 225) Litigation and Its Alternatives
(PRLG 230) Legal Research and Writing I
(PRLG 235) Torts II
(PRLG 240) Legal Research and Writing II
(PRLG 250) Paralegal Practicum
Contact Emiko Petit at 604-854-4559 or 1-888-504-7441, local 4559, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated Oct 2013