This certificate program delivers employment-focused education and professional training to prepare students to work immediately as entry-level paralegals. Upon successful completion of the Paralegal certificate, graduates will be fully qualified to work as entry-level paralegals in the province of B.C., and to acquire membership in the B.C. Paralegal Association. Non-certificate students who successfully complete elective courses will broaden their knowledge and advance their career opportunities.
The eight courses plus experience provide the necessary foundation and fundamental skill set to begin work as a paralegal in B.C. Elective courses, a cross-disciplinary selection, focus on different areas of law including: family, commercial, criminal, property, insurance, and litigation.
The Paralegal certificate is delivered via in-class and online courses. Students can choose to do the entire program by either method or choose a combination of both methods. There will also be opportunities for students to engage in not-for-credit field trip activities, industry-related events, and ongoing work in the community.
The certificate ladders into the Paralegal diploma. All courses in the certificate transfer for credit into the diploma program.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Please see the Continuing Education webpage for current fee information. See the Fees and Other Costs section for additional information. All fees which total more than $100 in a calendar year are fully tax deductible. Books that are required for individual courses are available in the UFV bookstore.
The Paralegal certificate is one to three years in duration and is completed in a part-time capacity. Courses are delivered online and face-to-face (classes are scheduled during the evenings and weekends) and in hybrid schedules.
The program is located at the Clearbrook Centre in Abbotsford.
|PRLG 100||Introduction to Law||3|
|PRLG 150||Contracts I||3|
|PRLG 210||Torts I||3|
|PRLG 230||Legal Research and Writing I||3|
|PRLG 120||Family Law|
|PRLG 125||Criminal Law and Procedures I|
|PRLG 130||Intellectual Property Law|
|PRLG 135||Wills and Probate Administration|
|PRLG 140||Property Law|
|PRLG 155||Corporate and Commercial Law|
|PRLG 200||Litigation I|
|PRLG 205||Insurance Law|
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Students whose GPA fall below 2.00 will be required to withdraw from the program.
Students must complete at least 75% of the credits required at UFV.
To be eligible to graduate, students must successfully complete all courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (B average).
Students must complete the four core courses and four electives within three years.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.
Contact Continuing Education at 604-851-6324, or 604-504-7441 local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441 local 4626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.