Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree

Business & Professional Studies, School of Legal Studies

Credential
Bachelor

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.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-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

Note: Fees are subject to change.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
General Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
General Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Organizational Behaviour 100-level or higher (BADM 106 is recommended)3.00 credits
Quantitative/Analytical Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
General Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Studies in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320World Literature in Translation3.00 credits
ENGL 323Studies in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 395Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Directed Studies in Creative Writing3.00 credits

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
General Electives 100-level or higher6.00 credits

Fifth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 credits
LAW 310Legal Drafting3.00 credits
LAW 315Legal Interviewing3.00 credits
General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 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 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 330Administrative 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 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 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 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 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
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

Sixth Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required
LAW 301Contracts II3.00 credits
LAW 340Company Law3.00 credits
LAW 342Corporate Procedures1.50 credits
General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 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 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 330Administrative 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 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 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 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 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
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

Seventh Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required
LAW 400Insurance Law I3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
General or Legal Elective 300 or 400-level3.00 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 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 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 330Administrative 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 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 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 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 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
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

Eighth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required
LAW 420Litigation Procedures II3.00 credits
LAW 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits
LAW 101Introduction to Law3.00 credits
LAW 110Legal Analysis3.00 credits
LAW 115Legal Document Processing3.00 credits
LAW 130Criminal Law3.00 credits
LAW 139Practicum in Criminal Law Practice and Procedure3.00 credits
LAW 140Family Law and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 200Torts I3.00 credits
LAW 201Torts II3.00 credits
LAW 210Legal Research3.00 credits
LAW 220Litigation Procedures I3.00 credits
LAW 230Evidence3.00 credits
LAW 240Estates and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 300Contracts I3.00 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 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 330Administrative 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 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 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 425Law Office Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 credits
LAW 440Real Property3.00 credits
LAW 442Conveyancing Procedures1.50 credits
LAW 450Intellectual Property3.00 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
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits
LAW 498Practicum4.50 credits

Legal Electives

Choose from the following list

Legal electives may be chosen from any of the legal electives offered by the School of Legal Studies (see below), and regardless of whether those legal electives existed or were available at the time the student commenced the degree. 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 305Arts and Entertainment Law3.00 credits
LAW 308Sports and Recreation Law3.00 credits
LAW 317Conflict Resolution3.00 credits
LAW 318Meditation in Law and Business3.00 credits
LAW 320Creditors' Remedies and Procedures3.00 credits
LAW 330Administrative Law3.00 credits
LAW 335Environmental Law3.00 credits
LAW 341Securities Law3.00 credits
LAW 344Elder Law3.00 credits
LAW 360Labour and Employment Law3.00 credits
LAW 370Modern Themes in Canadian Law3.00 credits
LAW 389Directed Study I3.00 credits
LAW 401Insurance Law II3.00 credits
LAW 410Legal Advocacy3.00 credits
LAW 415Legal Ethics3.00 credits
LAW 430Aboriginal Law3.00 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
LAW 489Directed Study II3.00 credits

General Electives

Choose from the following list

General electives may be chosen from any of the Faculties at Capilano University. The following courses are excluded: academic preparation courses (e.g., EAP courses), legal courses in the Legal Administrative Assistant or Paralegal programs that are or were part of the core curriculum in those programs, and practicum, internship or co-operative education courses.

Total program credits: 123.00

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

Application Deadline

May 1

Course Registration & Waitlisting

Jul 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27  4 p.m.

Application Deadline

Aug 6

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).


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
CapUinfo@capilanou.ca

School of Legal Studies


604 983 7594
604 990 7808 (fax)
legalstudies@capilanou.ca