Paralegal diploma

Credential Diploma
Tuition Per credit
Intakes Continuous
Campus Abbotsford Clearbrook centre
Days & Times Online, Sat, 9:30 am-3 pm
Program Start January, May, and September

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.

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.

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. UFV application form 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, contact Valley Personnel at 604-859-6511.
  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.

Sumbit your complete application package to the Office of the Registrar (OReg).

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

Your application will be reviewed by the Continuing Studies department. If entrance requirements (1 - 6) 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:

  • 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
  • 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


  • PRLG 100 - Introduction to Law
  • PRLG 105 - Legal Office Procedures
  • PRLG 110 - Information Technology and the Legal System
  • PRLG 115 - Evidence
  • CMNS125 - Introduction to Workplace Communication*
  • 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

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 B in each course will not be eligible for a practicum.

Six-month practicum provides experience and industry connections.

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 Aug 4, 2015

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