In this program, students will study the basic foundations and structure of the Canadian legal system and become familiar with litigation and legal research processes. In addition, students will develop skills in computer programs as they apply to the practice of law. Students will also acquire fundamental knowledge about the formation of contracts, breach of contracts, and remedies for the breach of contracts and will become familiar with the terminology, policies, and procedures applied to estate planning, wills, trusts, estate taxes, estate sales, and joint tenancy.
Family and criminal law are other principal subjects that will be covered in this program. Family law specializes in divorce, separation, custody, adoption, guardianship, and community property. Criminal law covers statutory crimes and punishment, crime classification, determining guilt, and basic criminal procedure concepts.
UFV also offers a Paralegal certificate 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.
This two-year diploma program will be offered two days a week (early evenings) plus a Saturday for 11 months per year, followed by a six-month practicum.
The program is located at the Clearbrook Centre in Abbotsford.
Program requirements: 75 credits
|Introduction to Law
|Legal Office Procedures
|Information Technology and the Legal System
|Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
|Criminal Law and Procedures I
|Intellectual Property Law
|Wills and the Probate Administration Process
|Criminal Law and Procedures II
|Corporate and Commercial Law
|Litigation and Its Alternatives
|Legal Research and Writing I
|Legal Research and Writing II
Graduates of the Paralegal diploma program will be granted nine credits (including credit for CRIM 230) towards the Criminal Justice program. Please contact the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice for more information.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) 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 who fail to maintain a B in each course will not be eligible for a practicum.
Students who wish to return must do so within three years. Readmission will be subject to program availability.
Students must complete at least 50% of the credits required at UFV. The practicum must also be taken through UFV.
To be eligible to graduate, students must successfully complete each course with a grade of B, and the practicum with a credit.
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 6324, or firstname.lastname@example.org.