Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree

Business & Professional Studies, School of Legal Studies


Program Highlights

Become a qualified paralegal with CapU’s Bachelor of Legal Studies, and work under the supervision of lawyers in private practice or the public sector engaging in interesting and rewarding substantive and procedural legal employment.

The Bachelor of Legal Studies degree is designed for students who excelled in high school but who have no previous post-secondary education or legal work experience. Our full-time four-year program includes substantive law, procedural law and legal skills courses—along with general electives—and concludes with a six-month paid practicum. 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. Whether your ultimate goal is to build a career as a paralegal or pursue other career options with a legal connection, this program is your best choice.

Looking for a career in the law? Apply direct from high school and start your legal training as part of your degree – with no previous experience required.

CapU Legal Studies department has an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly sought after. We're also the only university in Western Canada to offer a degree program that allows students to begin their legal training straight after high school graduation.

You'll take core legal studies courses alongside electives from both the legal and general degree course options. Whether your ultimate goal is to be a lawyer, do graduate work, or build a valuable and rewarding career as a paralegal, this program is your most direct option.

  • 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


Campus Terms Full/Part Time
North Vancouver Fall Full-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,150 $1,091 $5,241
Year 2$4,231 $1,091 $5,322
Year 3$5,609 $1,091 $6,700
Year 4$5,609 $1,091 $6,700
Total$19,599 $4,365 $23,963

Program Requirements and Outlines

First Term


General Elective 100-level or higher

ENGL 100 Academic Writing Strategies 3.00 credits
LAW 101 Introduction to Law 3.00 credits
LAW 110 Legal Analysis 1.50 credits
LAW 115 Legal Document Processing 1.50 credits
First Term Credits Required 15.00

Second Term


General Elective 100-level or higher


Organizational Behaviour 100-level or higher (BADM 106 is recommended)


Quantitative/Analytical Elective 100-level or higher

LAW 130 Criminal Law 3.00 credits
LAW 140 Family Law and Procedures 3.00 credits
Second Term Credits Required 15.00

Third Term


General Elective 100-level or higher

LAW 200 Torts I 3.00 credits
LAW 210 Legal Research 3.00 credits
LAW 220 Litigation Procedures I 3.00 credits
ENGL 010 Language Skills 3.00 credits
ENGL 100 Academic Writing Strategies 3.00 credits
ENGL 103 Introduction to Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 107 First Nations Writing & Film 3.00 credits
ENGL 109 Issues in Contemporary Culture 3.00 credits
ENGL 190 Creative Writing 3.00 credits
ENGL 191 Creative Writing 3.00 credits
ENGL 200 English Literature to 1660 3.00 credits
ENGL 201 English Literature Since 1660 3.00 credits
ENGL 203 Canadian Lit: Modernism&Beyond 3.00 credits
ENGL 205 Modern American Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 207 Literary Theory and Criticism 3.00 credits
ENGL 208 Studies in Fiction 3.00 credits
ENGL 213 Readings in World Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 217 Literature on the Edge 3.00 credits
ENGL 218 Children's Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 219 Literature into Film 3.00 credits
ENGL 290 Creative Writing - Poetry 3.00 credits
ENGL 291 Creative Writing - Fiction 3.00 credits
ENGL 292 Writing Children's Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 293 Creative Nonfiction 3.00 credits
ENGL 295 Special Topics 3.00 credits
ENGL 296 Writing for the Stage 3.00 credits
ENGL 300 Advanced Academic Writing 3.00 credits
ENGL 301 Studies in Rhetoric 3.00 credits
ENGL 302 Studies in BC Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 305 Studies in Canadian Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 308 Studies in British Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 311 Studies in American Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 314 Studies in National Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 317 Traditions in Western Lit 3.00 credits
ENGL 320 World Lit in Translation 3.00 credits
ENGL 323 Studies in Genre 3.00 credits
ENGL 326 Traditions in Poetry 3.00 credits
ENGL 329 Literature and Performance 3.00 credits
ENGL 332 Literature and Society 3.00 credits
ENGL 335 Electronic Literature 3.00 credits
ENGL 338 Literature and Media 3.00 credits
ENGL 341 Literature and Visual Culture 3.00 credits
ENGL 344 Literature and the Environment 3.00 credits
ENGL 390 Advanced Poetry and Poetics 3.00 credits
ENGL 391 Advanced Narrative Forms 3.00 credits
ENGL 395 Special Topics-CreativeWriting 3.00 credits
ENGL 400 Major Authors 3.00 credits
ENGL 410 Topics in 20th-Century Lit 3.00 credits
ENGL 420 Topics in Literary Theory 3.00 credits
ENGL 490 Directed Studies 3.00 credits
ENGL 491 Directed Studies-Creative Writ 3.00 credits
Third Term Credits Required 15.00

Fourth Term


General Electives 100-level or higher

LAW 201 Torts II 3.00 credits
LAW 230 Evidence 3.00 credits
LAW 240 Estates and Procedures 3.00 credits
Fourth Term Credits Required 15.00

Fifth Term


General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level

LAW 300 Contracts I 3.00 credits
LAW 310 Legal Drafting 3.00 credits
LAW 315 Legal Interviewing 3.00 credits
LAW 101 Introduction to Law 3.00 credits
LAW 110 Legal Analysis 1.50 credits
LAW 115 Legal Document Processing 1.50 credits
LAW 130 Criminal Law 3.00 credits
LAW 139 Criminal Law Practicum 3.00 credits
LAW 140 Family Law and Procedures 3.00 credits
LAW 200 Torts I 3.00 credits
LAW 201 Torts II 3.00 credits
LAW 210 Legal Research 3.00 credits
LAW 220 Litigation Procedures I 3.00 credits
LAW 230 Evidence 3.00 credits
LAW 240 Estates and Procedures 3.00 credits
LAW 300 Contracts I 3.00 credits
LAW 301 Contracts II 3.00 credits
LAW 305 Arts and Entertainment Law 3.00 credits
LAW 308 Sports and Recreation Law 3.00 credits
LAW 310 Legal Drafting 3.00 credits
LAW 315 Legal Interviewing 3.00 credits
LAW 317 Conflict Resolution 3.00 credits
LAW 318 Meditation in Law and Business 3.00 credits
LAW 320 Creditors' Remedies&Procedures 3.00 credits
LAW 330 Administrative Law 3.00 credits
LAW 335 Environmental Law 3.00 credits
LAW 340 Company Law 3.00 credits
LAW 341 Securities Law 3.00 credits
LAW 342 Corporate Procedures 1.50 credits
LAW 344 Elder Law 3.00 credits
LAW 360 Labour and Employment 3.00 credits
LAW 370 Modern Themes in Canadian Law 3.00 credits
LAW 389 Directed Study I 3.00 credits
LAW 400 Insurance Law 3.00 credits
LAW 401 Advanced Insurance Law 3.00 credits
LAW 410 Legal Advocacy 3.00 credits
LAW 415 Legal Ethics 3.00 credits
LAW 420 Litigation Procedures II 3.00 credits
LAW 425 Law Office Procedures 1.50 credits
LAW 430 Aboriginal Law 3.00 credits
LAW 440 Real Property 3.00 credits
LAW 442 Conveyancing Procedures 1.50 credits
LAW 450 Intellectual Property 3.00 credits
LAW 460 International Law 3.00 credits
LAW 462 International Human Rights Law 3.00 credits
LAW 464 Int'l Women's Rights Law 3.00 credits
LAW 466 International Criminal Law 3.00 credits
LAW 470 Philosophy of Law 3.00 credits
LAW 489 Directed Study II 3.00 credits
LAW 498 Practicum 4.50 credits
Fifth Term Credits Required 15.00

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Non-LAW courses may be taken in terms other than the suggested terms in the profile.

Continuation Requirement

Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C) will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Graduation Requirement

Students must complete all courses in the curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher in order to graduate.

Important Dates


Fall 2018

Application & Document Deadline

May 1

Course Registration & Waitlisting

July 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

August 27

NOTE: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12); or Mature Student status; or equivalent education or experience
  • High School with an 80% average through Grades 11 and 12 (in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and at least four other academic courses).
  • Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.
  • The School of Legal Studies will review applications once the application package is complete. The applicant may be called for an interview if they meet the admission requirements.
  • Resume || Short handwritten essay (three pages, double-spaced) entitled, Why I Want to Become a Paralegal || Two letters of reference (preferably from high school teachers and/or non-family members who work in a business or professional setting).


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Student Information Services

Admissions Advisor
604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
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School of Legal Studies

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