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View the full list of entrance requirements for this program in the Academic Calendar.
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Legal office experience or completion of an LAA certificate
One of the requirements for entry to the Paralegal program is one of the following:
If you have not yet worked in a legal office, we recommend UFV's Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) program. An LAA certificate will provide you with the base knowledge of the legal system including an introduction to terminology, legal processes, and applicable documentations in a variety of legal areas including Litigation, Family Law, Corporate Law, Wills and Estates, and Conveyancing. As you transition to the Paralegal program, the knowledge acquired in the LAA program will be applied as you research, review, and study cases using the rules and regulations of the legal system under each subject area.
Additionally, students who first complete the LAA program often find the transition to the Paralegal program easier than students who directly enter the program. The same can be said for those searching for employment, as many law firms require paralegals to know the LAA role and to be able to support the LAA when needed.
A keyboarding speed of 60 net words per minute (NWPM) is required for this program. Schedule a keyboarding assessment with UFV Assessment Services.
To get an idea of your current keyboarding speed or improve your skills, you can take a practice test on a number of free websites such as .
How to submit your documents
Students enrolled in the Paralegal diploma program will:
For full course descriptions, see the UFV Calendar.
Students complete a 6-month practicum at the end of their program that provides a meaningful work-like experience and exposure to a professional legal setting. To qualify for practicum, you must successfully complete all courses within the program.
Your practicum hours will reflect the schedule of the host you are paired with.
Missing your practicum
Completing your practicum is a requirement for graduation. If you are unable to attend or complete your practicum due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Continuing Education immediately.
Extenuating circumstances are defined as a situation beyond your control that prevents you from completing a course, program, or practicum. These are circumstances that are unexpected and/or uncontrollable and arise during the course of the program. Examples include:
The following does not qualify:
Please discuss any barriers that may affect your practicum assignment with Continuing Education immediately after registration.
To be eligible to graduate, students must successfully complete each course with a grade of B, and the practicum with a credit.
Classes are taught by experienced paralegals possessing exceptional academic and professional qualifications. This program blends substantive legal study with instruction and hands-on practice in paralegal skills.
This program is subject to Program-Specific Fees. The Paralegal program fees are calculated by credit. Students in this program also pay semesterly fees.
The Paralegal certificate program ladders into the Paralegal diploma program. After completing the 8-course certificate, students have only 15 out of 23 courses remaining in order to earn the diploma.
Many students choosing to take the Paralegal program have prior education in law. After you apply to the program and submit your application and official documentation, UFV can review your academic history to determine whether your past educational experience is eligible for a transfer credit.
This program is currently offered fully online, except for the practicum. However, distance students should be advised that this program teaches BC law, so it is the best fit for students who plan to work in BC after graduation.
This program is not currently open to international students. Please see the list of .
The UFV Paralegal certificate program delivers employment-focused education and professional training to prepare you to work immediately as an entry-level paralegal in the province of B.C., and to acquire membership with the .&²Ō²ś²õ±č;ā
In British Columbia, paralegals have excellent employment prospects. Paralegals can work in law firms, government offices, compliance departments in public or private corporations, legal aid clinics, banks, search houses, marketing agencies, recruitment agencies, consulting firms, educational institutions, research firms, or in companies that support the legal profession. Many paralegals opt to be self-employed and work for lawyers on a contract basis. Some paralegals choose to become a notary public or a trademark agent, as these related professions are complementary.
Visit to learn more about the labour market for paralegals in British Columbia.
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