School of  
Communication 

Bachelor of Communication Studies Degree 
120 credits, full-time or part-time 

Starts in September and January

DESCRIPTION

Combines critical analysis of communication,

media and culture with applied communication

skills directed towards scholarly investigation

and practical experience in public and media

relations; publishing, editing and writing;

journalism; communication research and policy

analysis; and communication coordination and

management.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High school graduation or equivalent.* English

12 (B) or English 12 First Peoples (B). For

students with previous post-secondary

experience, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

(on a scale of 4.33) or equivalent. A letter of

intent and resumé must be submitted by all

students with previous post-secondary

experience, and may be requested of other

applicants.

Communication Studies Diploma 
60 credits, full-time or part-time 

Starts in September and January

DESCRIPTION

An academic program designed to prepare

students for careers that demand a critical

understanding of media, broad knowledge of

social and cultural issues, and writing and

speaking skills.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High school graduation or equivalent.*  

English 12 (B) or English 12 First Peoples (B).

For students with previous post-secondary

experience, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

(on a scale of 4.33) or equivalent. A letter of

intent and resumé must be submitted by all

students with previous post-secondary

experience, and may be requested of  

other applicants.

School of  
Legal Studies

Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree
4 years (123 credits)  

Full-time (followed by a six-month paid practicum) 

Part-time option available to Paralegal diploma or

certificate graduates in September, January, May 

Full-time option starts in September

DESCRIPTION

Designed primarily for high school graduates

looking for a challenging career in the legal

field. Graduates perform procedural and

substantive legal work under the supervision

of lawyers in law offices, government agencies

and corporate legal departments.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High school graduation with an 80% or higher

average through Grades 11 and 12 (including

in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, and at

least four other academic courses) or equivalent,

or mature student status; resumé; essay; two

letters of reference; applicant may be called for

an interview.

Paralegal Diploma
2 years (69 credits)  

Full-time (followed by a six-month paid practicum) 

Starts in September

DESCRIPTION

Geared towards those who are interested in

establishing a new career in the legal field.

Graduates perform procedural and substantive

legal work under the supervision of lawyers in

law offices, government agencies and corporate

legal departments.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High school graduation or equivalent.*  

Two years of full-time post-secondary educa-

tion with an academic focus (or one year of

full-time post-secondary education with an

academic focus plus relevant life/work experience

at discretion of the department, or relevant

life/work learning experience); English 100

level or higher course (B- or higher), CMNS

159 (B+ or higher) or LPI exam (level 5 or

higher); resumé; essay; two letters of reference;

work experience in an office setting and a good

working knowledge of computers are highly

recommended; applicant may be called for  

an interview.

Paralegal Certificate
30 credits 

Part-time evenings (summer legal research

course is daytime Saturdays) or part-time online  

Starts in September, January, May

DESCRIPTION

Designed for those working in the legal field

such as legal administrative assistants who are

interested in increasing their responsibilities

and becoming paralegals. Graduates perform

procedural and substantive legal work under

the supervision of lawyers in law offices,

government agencies and corporate legal

departments.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High school graduation or equivalent.*  

English 100 level or higher course (B- or higher),

CMNS 159 (B+ or higher) or LPI exam (level 5 or

higher); resumé; letter from employer confirming

current legal employment; and one of the

following: 1) two years legal administrative

work experience; 2) graduation from Cap U’s

Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) program

with B+ or higher (other LAA programs may be

considered); 3) graduation from Cap U’s online

LAA program with B+ or higher (other online

LAA programs may be considered) plus one

year legal administrative work; or 4) relevant

life/work experience with or without legal

administrative work experience (some limitations).

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate
8 months (31.5 credits) full-time 

Starts in September, January

DESCRIPTION

Provides the skills and knowledge for employment

as a legal administrative assistant performing

valuable administrative and clerical support.

Graduates find employment in law offices,

government agencies and corporate legal

departments.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High school graduation or equivalent.*  

Keyboarding at 45 wpm (touch typing); resumé;

letter of reference; interview; SLEP test for EAP

students (post-secondary level required); and

LGST English Diagnostic Test (31/50 required).

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