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Capilano University's Paralegal program was designed to meet the needs of the legal community by providing substantive and skills-based legal education for paralegals. The first Diploma (full-time) and Certificate (part-time) options were developed in 1976. The curriculum and course content mirrored the American Bar Association requirements for paralegal education and were developed with the input of the Law Society BC. In 2010 our four-year full-time Degree option was added. The School of Legal Studies is a member of the British Columbia Paralegal Association and the American Association for Paralegal Education.
Faculty maintains close contact with the legal community, and several faculty members are practicing lawyers. As well, support is provided by an external Advisory Committee which provides information on recent developments in the legal community and offers advice on topics ranging from curriculum changes to graduate placements.
Members of the Advisory Committee include representatives from the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, private law firms, a government agency, crown corporations and the Association of Law Office Administrators.
A paralegal is a person qualified by education, who is employed by a lawyer, corporation, or government agency and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work, for which a lawyer is responsible.
The skills that are required of paralegals and which are emphasized in our program include:
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.