Paralegal Program

Paralegals are an indispensable member of a legal team. This program provides the training necessary to help in any law office: keyboarding, transcription and computer skills, and a variety of legal subject areas from core modules including Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Litigation, and Family Law to specialized areas such as Aboriginal Land Title, Canadian Immigration Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Graduates will be well prepared to help a wide range of law offices.

This program includes practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • Transcription, computer skills and proper typing techniques
  • Fundamental principles of law
  • Specialized training in Real Estate Law, Litigation, Conveyancing, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Estates
  • Specialized training in Aboriginal Land Title, Canadian
  • Immigration Law and Intellectual Property Law
  • Criminal Offences and Court Procedures
  • Torts and Defenses

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1420 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
71 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Commercial Law Assistant
Corporations
Government Agencies
Law Firms
Legal Departments
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status
  • Age 19 years or a high school graduate
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students.  English language proficiency at a Canadian Language Benchmark level of 7 on all skills.

Diploma Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete.

It is expected that students will spend two hours completing homework for every hour of synchronous learning.

* Paralegal Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1420 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
71 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Our advisors are happy to answer any questions.

Courses List

This 71 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • MS Office Certification
  • MS Office Word editing, layout, templates, styles and
    sections, mail merge, tables, charts and desktop publishing

  • MS Office Certification
  • Plan, edit and manage worksheets (formulas/functions)

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

  • Duties of legal office staff
  • Overview of criminal law
  • Roles of lawyers and support staff
  • Canadian judicial system

  • Stages of civil lawsuits
  • Preparation of court documents

  • Wills and codicils preparation
  • Procedures for estate probate
  • Application for grants of letters

  • Elements of company law
  • Maintaining a minutes book

  • All aspects of residential real estate
  • Title searches
  • Transfer and mortgage documents

  • Family Relations Act & Divorce Act
  • Marriage, cohabitation, and separation agreements
  • Maintenance, child custody/access, division of assets
  • DIVORCEmate software

  • Know the labour code and standards applicable to British Columbia
  • Understand the Charter provision for Freedom of Association
  • Understand the relationship between employer and employee in the workplace
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know the major parts of the New Civil Litigation Rules of the Supreme Court of BC
  • Understand the litigation process from claim to completion
  • • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know primary and secondary sources of law for research, using common sources such as LexisNexis
  • Know how to use the legal library and online sources
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know the various types of contracts
  • Prepare a contract in long and short forms
  • Know how to deal with exhibits, attachments, drawings and schedules
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know the different types of Wills
  • Know how to draft a Living Will
  • Know how to draft Mutual Wills
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know the forms of Canadian Business organizations, including Crown Corporations
  • Know the procedures for incorporating a corporation under the Canadian Business Corporation Act
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Understand the concept of torts and the scope of liability
  • Spot relevant tort issues in a given fact situation
  • Understand intention and related concepts
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Understand the Federal and BC Provincial Court Procedure
  • Know the procedural issues governed by Sections 7, 8, 10 and 11 of the Charter
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Become familiar with the legislation governing Securities in Canada and British Columbia
  • Understand what "securities" are as defined by the Securities Act
  • Become familiar with the workings of the British Columbia Securities Commission
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know the terminology of insurance
  • Understand the concept of indemnity
  • Understand the contract law concepts used in insurance law
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Understand the nature of a debt
  • Understand debtor and creditor relationships
  • Know the provisions for billing and payment terms
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Become familiar with the laws on immigration
  • Know the objectives of Canadian Immigration policy
  • Understand Canada's refugee program
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Become familiar with the Canadian Tax System
  • Understand the Federal and Provincial Taxation powers
  • Know the importance of the "residents" definition
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Become familiar with Aboriginal legal issues
  • Understand the current thinking on Aboriginal Rights
  • Understand the methodology for determining Aboriginal Title
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Understand the structure and purpose of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Know Canada's obligations under International Treaties on Intellectual Property
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Know the nature of administrative law
  • Understand the role of judicial review based on the legislation and case law
  • Become familiar with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and issues of bias
  • Prerequisites: LG200 - LG209 Inclusive

  • Four-week practicum experience

  • Four-week practicum experience

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1420 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
71 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Our advisors are happy to answer any questions.

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