Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal)

  •  We are now accepting applications for September 2017!

    Our Bachelor of Legal Studies is a new training option for paralegals.  It was approved by the Minister of Advanced Education and our first intake was September 2010. It is the only paralegal degree in Western Canada and just the second such degree in all of Canada.

    The degree option is open to high school graduates, unlike our Paralegal Diploma and Certificate options which require additional post-secondary training and work experience.

    Students in the full-time four-year degree option attend classes during the day at Capilano University's North Vancouver campus. They complete course studies in substantive law, procedural law and legal skills. Core legal courses are preset and require students to attend classes during the fall and spring terms (from September through April) for four consecutive years. Eighteen credits of legal electives are also required, and can be chosen from 300 and 400 level non-core Paralegal Program courses, or from approved 300 and 400 level legal courses from other institutions. There are twelve credits of required courses: English 100, a further English, Organizational Behaviour and Qualitative Analytical, all at 100 or 200 level. Remaining general electives can be chosen from the Liberal Arts, Science and Technology, Business, or Health and Education, either here at Capilano University or other institutions. Upon completion of their studies on campus, students complete a six-month practicum under the supervision of a lawyer. Students are paid during this practicum by their employer. The responsibility for securing a practicum position rests with the student; however, faculty work closely with students and the legal community to facilitate the arrangement of practicum placements. Students are eligible for graduation at the end of a successful practicum.

    Please note that the degree does not replace the existing Diploma and Certificate credentials, nor is it intended to be recognized as a superior credential. It simply provides another option for obtaining core legal training for paralegals. As mentioned, the degree is open to high school graduates and does not require further education or experience, however, it may also appeal to mature students who don't have a degree or who are interested in obtaining this particular degree. Many of those currently studying this degree plan to apply to law school or continue their studies towards becoming a notary.

  • Working Out Your Credits for the Degree

    The degree profile has changed periodically since it started in 2010. Students are to follow the program profile they started with. To check the program profile for the year you started, please refer to the profiles with start dates of 2010 and 20112012, 201320142015.

     Information for Existing Graduates - What You Need to Get Your Degree

    For existing graduates of Capilano's Diploma and Certificate options who wish to earn additional credits to obtain their degree, please see FAQ “What do I need to get my Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree?” or the comprehensive Program Credits Chart (pdf) or personalize your Program Credits Chart (pdf).  For information on electives, please see Program Requirements. Please contact us for instructions on making your application.