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Paralegal Certificate and Certificate Online

  •  We are accepting new applications for the Spring 2019 (January intake) and Summer 2019 (May intake).   

    Courses offered in the spring term include: Legal Analysis (core course) and Torts II. Online option courses include: Legal Analysis (core course) and Contracts II.

    The Paralegal Certificate provides a part-time option designed for students who are working in a law office, legal department or other legal setting. Students study substantive law and legal skills courses while gaining their procedural law skills on the job. Some procedural law courses, such as Litigation Procedures, are available as electives.

    The Paralegal Certificate is available in two delivery modes: onsite (most courses are held in the evening at a downtown Vancouver location - currently the BCIT campus on Seymour Street) and online. The curriculum is the same for both; the only difference is the method of delivery.

    The online version began in 1997 and was designed for students who were unable to take locally scheduled classes. It was the first fully online credential for paralegals available in Canada. For over a decade now, the online program has been a source of paralegal education for students in BC, across Canada, and around the world (including the US, Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Czech Republic, Netherlands, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates).

    For registration purposes, we use two names to describe this program option based on delivery mode. Paralegal Certificate refers to regular onsite delivery where students attend lectures in person at a set time, and Paralegal Certificate (Online) refers to online delivery where students learn at a distance without physically attending classes. When registering for the Paralegal Certificate (Online), preference is given to students living outside our catchment area (i.e., the Lower Mainland). Local students are generally expected to register in the Paralegal Certificate. However, in the event of seat availability or exceptional circumstances, local students are able to register in online courses.

    Please note that the credential obtained after completing all the credit requirements is the same – Paralegal Certificate – regardless of the delivery method of your courses and the name used to describe this program option when you registered. 

    The Paralegal Certificate option has three intakes per year - September, January and May.  Fall term (September to December) and spring term (January - April) are taken over a 15-week period, which includes a two-week final exam period.  Summer term (May to June) courses are compressed over a 7-week period.  One course is taken per term and ten 3-credit courses are required to graduate.

    There are three core courses - Introduction to Law, Legal Analysis and Legal Research.  There are two required courses - Contracts I and Torts I.  It is strongly advised to complete all the required courses as soon as possible during your studies. The remaining five courses can be selected from the legal electives offered.