Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree
Faculty of Business & Professional Studies
School of Legal Studies
Become a qualified paralegal with CapU’s Bachelor of Legal Studies, and work under the supervision of lawyers in private practice or the public sector engaging in interesting and rewarding substantive and procedural legal employment.
The Bachelor of Legal Studies degree is designed for students who excelled in high school but who have no previous post-secondary education or legal work experience. Our full-time four-year program includes substantive law, procedural law and legal skills courses—along with general electives—and concludes with a six-month paid practicum. Our graduates are highly sought after, and we work closely with representatives of the legal industry to ensure that our curriculum is current and relevant. Whether your ultimate goal is to build a career as a paralegal or pursue other career options with a legal connection, this program is your best choice.
Looking for a career in the law? Apply direct from high school and start your legal training as part of your degree – with no previous experience required.
CapU Legal Studies department has an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly sought after. We're also the only university in Western Canada to offer a degree program that allows students to begin their legal training straight after high school graduation.
You'll take core legal studies courses alongside electives from both the legal and general degree course options. Whether your ultimate goal is to be a lawyer, do graduate work, or build a valuable and rewarding career as a paralegal, this program is your most direct option.
- Demonstrate the ability to examine various legal problems by identifying appropriate areas of the law and sources to consult in commencing the process of legal analysis.
- Demonstrate competence in researching legislation, case law and other secondary legal materials.
- Summarize legal research findings in appropriate legal formats with clear and compelling analysis and conclusions.
- Demonstrate competence in effective communication in legally relevant contexts such as presentations of case summaries, interviewing clients, and group presentations.
- Prepare, draft and produce legal documents, including pleadings and other court documents, wills, corporate documents, or real estate documents.
- Demonstrate an awareness of and ability to identify legal issues in a broad range of areas through an exposure to a variety of legal subjects.
Tuition and Fees Per Year
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Total program credits: 123.00
Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.
Non-LAW courses may be taken in terms other than the suggested terms in the profile.
Continuation Requirement: Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C) will not be permitted to continue in the program.
Graduation Requirement: Students must complete all courses in the curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher in order to graduate.
Jun 6, 2017 - May 1, 2018
Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts
Jul 9, 2018
Fee Payment Deadline
Aug 27, 2018 4:00 PM
Jun 5, 2018 - Aug 6, 2019
Note: Dates are subject to change.
BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12); or Mature Student status; or equivalent education or experience
High School with an 80% average through Grades 11 and 12 (in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and at least four other academic courses).
Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.
The School of Legal Studies will review applications once the application package is complete. The applicant may be called for an interview if they meet the admission requirements.
Resume || Short handwritten essay (three pages, double-spaced) entitled, “Why I Want to Become a Paralegal” || Two letters of reference (preferably from high school teachers and/or non-family members who work in a business or professional setting).
For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).