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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 offered to individuals 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.

All prospective applicants that live within the Lower Mainland must apply for the in-person option. Once admitted to the in-person program, those students will be allowed to choose whether to take their courses in-person or on-line, or a mixture of both.

However, the ability to take on-line courses will be subject to seat availability, and priority will be given to students taking the program from outside the Lower Mainland.

Beginning September 2021, Paralegal Certificate (online & onsite) students will be allowed to take two courses per term when they have completed at least 3 core courses in the certificate program with a cumulative minimum of an A- average.

Learning outcomes

  • 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

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 6, 2020 – Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 5, 2021

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 23, 2021

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 6, 2020 – Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 5, 2021

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 23, 2021

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 2, 2021 – Dec 7, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 15, 2021

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 20, 2021

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 2, 2021 – Dec 7, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 15, 2021

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 20, 2021

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 1, 2021 – Apr 5, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 7, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - May 2, 2022

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 1, 2021 – Apr 5, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 7, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - May 2, 2022

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 5, 2021 – Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 22, 2022

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 5, 2021 – Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 22, 2022

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

Apply Now

Are you ready to rise to the challenge?

Apply now to CapU

Transfer Students

Find out how you can transfer your credits from another post-secondary institution to CapU.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Contact Registrar's Office

Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

Re-apply to CapU

Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $1,415 $1,148 $2,563
Year 2 $1,701 $1,148 $2,849
Year 3 $1,701 $1,148 $2,849
Year 4 $567 $383 $950
Total $5,384 $3,827 $9,211
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $5,742 $1,148 $6,890
Year 2 $6,028 $1,148 $7,176
Year 3 $6,028 $1,148 $7,176
Year 4 $2,009 $383 $2,392
Total $19,807 $3,827 $23,634

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Entrance Awards

All new CapU students can fund their education with entrance awards.

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Term Awards

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Required Courses

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 312Cannabis Law3.00 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 325Constitutional Law3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 331Indigenous People and the 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 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 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

Total program credits: 30.00

Additional Program Information

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.

Have a question?

Get in touch with us!

About this program

School of Legal Studies
604 983 7594
604 990 7808 (fax)
legalstudies@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca