Paralegal diploma and certificate

Become a paralegal

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 is rising, as law firms seek ways to deliver cost-effective services to a greater number of clients.

Taking UFV’s two-year Paralegal diploma or one-year Paralegal certificate can help you seize these exciting new opportunities arising in the field of law.  

Get fully equipped to attend hearings, conduct legal research, interview clients or witnesses, manage evidence and draft legal documents.

Learn from attorneys and experienced paralegals with exceptional academic and professional qualifications in small classes where you get personal attention.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the Canadian legal system, including terminology, policies, and procedures that apply to all areas of law, including family law, estate planning, and criminal law.

Choose from:

  • Two-year diploma offered in Abbotsford and online OR one-year certificate in Abbotsford and online
  • Six-month internship provides experience and industry connections
  • Scheduled on evenings, weekends and online to suit working professionals


Career outlook

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.

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