Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree

Faculty of Business & Professional Studies
School of Legal Studies

Credential
Bachelor

Program Highlights

Looking for a career in the law? Apply directly from high school and start your legal training as part of your degree – with no previous experience required.

CapU’s School of Legal Studies has an excellent reputation and our graduates are in demand. We are also the only university in Western Canada to offer a degree program for paralegals.

You'll take core legal studies courses together with general and legal electives. Whether your ultimate goal is to build a valuable and rewarding career as a paralegal, to become a lawyer, to work in other law-related professions, or to do graduate work, this program is your best 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.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,233 $1,269 $5,502
Year 2$4,315 $1,269 $5,584
Year 3$5,721 $1,269 $6,990
Year 4$5,721 $1,269 $6,990
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$19,990 $5,077 $25,067

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
General Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
General Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Organizational Behaviour 100-level or higher (BADM 106 is recommended)3.00 credits
Quantitative/Analytical Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
General Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 112Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 260Writing Communities3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Special Topics in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320Global Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 323Special Topics in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 352Special Topics in British Literature, 1000-16603.00 credits
ENGL 353Special Topics in British Literature, 1660-18303.00 credits
ENGL 354Special Topics in British Literature, 1830-19703.00 credits
ENGL 356Special Topics in American Literature, 1620-18653.00 credits
ENGL 357Special Topics in American Literature, 1865-19703.00 credits
ENGL 358Special Topics in Contemporary Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 359Indigenous Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 363Words in The World I: Genre and Form3.00 credits
ENGL 365Words in the World II: Cultures, Networks and Traditions3.00 credits
ENGL 367Land School3.00 credits
ENGL 369Foundations in Writing Pedagogy3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 392Creative Writing: Creative Travel Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 393Creative Writing: Advanced Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 394Creative Writing: Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 395Creative Writing: Special Topics3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Special Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 435Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 463Words in the World III: Critical and Creative Formations3.00 credits
ENGL 464Capstone Project3.00 credits
ENGL 465Words in the World Practicum3.00 credits
ENGL 466Directed Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 467Honours Thesis6.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Creative Writing: Directed Studies3.00 credits

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
General Electives 100-level or higher6.00 credits

 

Fifth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits
LAW 310Legal Drafting3.00 credits
LAW 315Legal Interviewing3.00 credits
General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits
LAW 301Contracts II3.00 credits
LAW 305Arts and Entertainment Law3.00 credits
LAW 308Sports and Recreation Law3.00 credits
LAW 310Legal Drafting3.00 credits
LAW 315Legal Interviewing3.00 credits
LAW 317Conflict Resolution3.00 credits
LAW 318Meditation in Law and Business3.00 credits
LAW 320Creditors' Remedies and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 322Animal Law3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 335Environmental Law3.00 credits
LAW 340Company Law3.00 credits
LAW 341Securities Law3.00 credits
LAW 342Corporate Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 344Elder Law3.00 credits
LAW 355Immigration Law3.00 credits
LAW 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 credits
LAW 400Insurance Law I3.00 credits
LAW 401Insurance Law II3.00 credits
LAW 410Legal Advocacy3.00 credits
LAW 415Legal Ethics3.00 credits
LAW 420Litigation Procedures II3.00 credits
LAW 421Civil Litigation3.00 credits
LAW 423E-Discovery3.00 credits
LAW 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 443Commercial Real Estate Law3.00 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 credits
LAW 453Financing the Tech Start-Up3.00 credits
LAW 460International Law3.00 credits
LAW 462International Human Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 464International Women's Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 466International Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 470Philosophy of Law3.00 credits
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

 

Sixth Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required:
LAW 301Contracts II3.00 credits
LAW 340Company Law3.00 credits
LAW 342Corporate Procedures1.50 credits
General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits
LAW 301Contracts II3.00 credits
LAW 305Arts and Entertainment Law3.00 credits
LAW 308Sports and Recreation Law3.00 credits
LAW 310Legal Drafting3.00 credits
LAW 315Legal Interviewing3.00 credits
LAW 317Conflict Resolution3.00 credits
LAW 318Meditation in Law and Business3.00 credits
LAW 320Creditors' Remedies and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 322Animal Law3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 335Environmental Law3.00 credits
LAW 340Company Law3.00 credits
LAW 341Securities Law3.00 credits
LAW 342Corporate Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 344Elder Law3.00 credits
LAW 355Immigration Law3.00 credits
LAW 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 credits
LAW 400Insurance Law I3.00 credits
LAW 401Insurance Law II3.00 credits
LAW 410Legal Advocacy3.00 credits
LAW 415Legal Ethics3.00 credits
LAW 420Litigation Procedures II3.00 credits
LAW 421Civil Litigation3.00 credits
LAW 423E-Discovery3.00 credits
LAW 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 443Commercial Real Estate Law3.00 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 credits
LAW 453Financing the Tech Start-Up3.00 credits
LAW 460International Law3.00 credits
LAW 462International Human Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 464International Women's Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 466International Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 470Philosophy of Law3.00 credits
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

 

Seventh Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required:
LAW 400Insurance Law I3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits
LAW 301Contracts II3.00 credits
LAW 305Arts and Entertainment Law3.00 credits
LAW 308Sports and Recreation Law3.00 credits
LAW 310Legal Drafting3.00 credits
LAW 315Legal Interviewing3.00 credits
LAW 317Conflict Resolution3.00 credits
LAW 318Meditation in Law and Business3.00 credits
LAW 320Creditors' Remedies and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 322Animal Law3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 335Environmental Law3.00 credits
LAW 340Company Law3.00 credits
LAW 341Securities Law3.00 credits
LAW 342Corporate Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 344Elder Law3.00 credits
LAW 355Immigration Law3.00 credits
LAW 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 credits
LAW 400Insurance Law I3.00 credits
LAW 401Insurance Law II3.00 credits
LAW 410Legal Advocacy3.00 credits
LAW 415Legal Ethics3.00 credits
LAW 420Litigation Procedures II3.00 credits
LAW 421Civil Litigation3.00 credits
LAW 423E-Discovery3.00 credits
LAW 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 443Commercial Real Estate Law3.00 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 credits
LAW 453Financing the Tech Start-Up3.00 credits
LAW 460International Law3.00 credits
LAW 462International Human Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 464International Women's Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 466International Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 470Philosophy of Law3.00 credits
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

 

Eighth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
LAW 420Litigation Procedures II3.00 credits
LAW 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits
LAW 301Contracts II3.00 credits
LAW 305Arts and Entertainment Law3.00 credits
LAW 308Sports and Recreation Law3.00 credits
LAW 310Legal Drafting3.00 credits
LAW 315Legal Interviewing3.00 credits
LAW 317Conflict Resolution3.00 credits
LAW 318Meditation in Law and Business3.00 credits
LAW 320Creditors' Remedies and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 322Animal Law3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 335Environmental Law3.00 credits
LAW 340Company Law3.00 credits
LAW 341Securities Law3.00 credits
LAW 342Corporate Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 344Elder Law3.00 credits
LAW 355Immigration Law3.00 credits
LAW 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 credits
LAW 400Insurance Law I3.00 credits
LAW 401Insurance Law II3.00 credits
LAW 410Legal Advocacy3.00 credits
LAW 415Legal Ethics3.00 credits
LAW 420Litigation Procedures II3.00 credits
LAW 421Civil Litigation3.00 credits
LAW 423E-Discovery3.00 credits
LAW 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 443Commercial Real Estate Law3.00 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 credits
LAW 453Financing the Tech Start-Up3.00 credits
LAW 460International Law3.00 credits
LAW 462International Human Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 464International Women's Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 466International Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 470Philosophy of Law3.00 credits
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

 

Legal Electives

Choose from the following list:

Legal electives may be chosen from any of the legal electives offered by the School of Legal Studies (see below), and regardless of whether those legal electives existed or were available at the time the student commenced the degree. Please note that legal electives are offered on a rotating basis factoring in demand for particular courses, and will not necessarily be available every year.

LAW 305Arts and Entertainment Law3.00 credits
LAW 308Sports and Recreation Law3.00 credits
LAW 317Conflict Resolution3.00 credits
LAW 318Meditation in Law and Business3.00 credits
LAW 320Creditors' Remedies and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 322Animal Law3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 335Environmental Law3.00 credits
LAW 341Securities Law3.00 credits
LAW 344Elder Law3.00 credits
LAW 355Immigration Law3.00 credits
LAW 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 credits
LAW 401Insurance Law II3.00 credits
LAW 410Legal Advocacy3.00 credits
LAW 415Legal Ethics3.00 credits
LAW 421Civil Litigation3.00 credits
LAW 423E-Discovery3.00 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 443Commercial Real Estate Law3.00 credits
LAW 453Financing the Tech Start-Up3.00 credits
LAW 460International Law3.00 credits
LAW 462International Human Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 464International Women's Rights Law3.00 credits
LAW 466International Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 470Philosophy of Law3.00 credits
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits

 

General Electives

Choose from the following list:

General electives may be chosen from any of the Faculties at Capilano University. The following courses are excluded: academic preparation courses (e.g., EAP courses), legal courses in the Legal Administrative Assistant or Paralegal programs that are or were part of the core curriculum in those programs, and practicum, internship or co-operative education courses.

 

Total program credits: 123.00

Program Notes

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.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Jun 5, 2018 - May 7, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 1, 2019 - Aug 4, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 6, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents
    2. Pay your application fee
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you

Admission Requirements

Program-specific requirements

  • Resume
  • Short handwritten essay
  • Two letters of reference

Additional information

  • Essay - (three pages, double-spaced) entitled, “Why I Want to Become a Paralegal”
  • Letters of reference - preferably from high school teachers and/or non-family members who work in a business or professional setting
  • 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

Program-specific requirements

  • Resume
  • Short handwritten essay
  • Two letters of reference

Additional information

  • Essay - (three pages, double-spaced) entitled, “Why I Want to Become a Paralegal”
  • Letters of reference - preferably from high school teachers and/or non-family members who work in a business or professional setting
  • 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

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

Apply to CapU

Contact

Have questions about this program?

School of Legal Studies


604 983 7594
604 990 7808 (fax)
legalstudies@capilanou.ca

Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
registration@capilanou.ca

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