Paralegal Certificate

Faculty of Business & Professional Studies
School of Legal Studies

Credential
Certificate

Program Highlights

Become a qualified paralegal through CapU’s Paralegal Certificate while employed in a legal setting and studying part time onsite or online. Pursue a rewarding and challenging career in law working under the supervision of a lawyer.

The Paralegal Certificate is designed for students who wish to study part time and who are already working in the legal field. Students primarily study substantive law and legal skills courses while gaining their procedural law skills on the job. Some procedural law courses, including courses dealing with litigation procedures, are available as electives. You can begin your studies either in the fall term in September, the spring term in January or the summer term in May. 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.

  • 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
Off CampusFallPart-Time
Off CampusSpringPart-Time
Off CampusSummerPart-Time
OnlineFallPart-Time
OnlineSpringPart-Time
OnlineSummerPart-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,894 $1,134 $6,028
Total$4,894 $1,134 $6,028

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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Total credits: 15.00

Required
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits

 

Electives

Total credits: 15.00

Choose 15.00 credits of electives

Electives may be chosen from any of the LAW courses offered by the School of Legal Studies as electives in the certificate option (see below), and regardless of whether those courses existed or were available as electives at the time the student commenced the certificate. 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 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 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 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 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 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 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 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

 

Total program credits: 30.00

Program Notes

Certificate requirements must be completed within five years of commencing the program. The five-year period may be extended in exceptional circumstances.

Continuation Requirements: Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 (B) after completing LAW 101, LAW 110 and LAW 210 may be required to withdraw from the program in consultation with the Chair. Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C) will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Graduation Requirements: Students must complete all courses in the curriculum (the five required courses and 15 credits of electives) and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher in order to graduate. Students who complete the course requirements without being admitted in the certificate option (for instance, by taking the courses in the degree or diploma option, or transferring in credits from other institutions) and without two or more years of legal work experience will not be eligible to graduate automatically. In these circumstances students must complete up to two years full-time relevant work experience in consultation with the Chair before being eligible to graduate.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 18, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 9, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27, 2018  4 p.m.

Application Dates

Jan 2, 2018 - Dec 4, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 13, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 18, 2018  4 p.m.

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 4, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

May 1, 2019  4 p.m.

Application Dates

Aug 7, 2018 - Aug 6, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

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.

English 100 level or higher course (B- or higher), CMNS 159 (B+ or higher) or LPI exam [www.lpitest.ca] (level 5 or higher – please note that in the School of Legal Studies the EDT is not accepted in place of the LPI).

Resume || Letter from employer confirming current legal employment || One of the following: 1) two years legal admin work experience; 2) graduation from Cap U's Legal Admin 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 admin work; or 4) relevant life/work experience with or without legal admin work experience (some limitations)


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Instructors

Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile
Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile
Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile
Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile
Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile
Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile
Portrait of instructor

Instructor Name

View profile

Contact

Have questions about this program?

Student Information Services


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

School of Legal Studies


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