Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree
Business & Professional Studies, School of Legal Studies
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
Tuition and Fees Per Year
Program Requirements and Outlines
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|
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|
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|
|Third Term Credits Required||15.00|
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|
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|
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.
Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C) will not be permitted to continue in the program.
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.
Application & Document Deadline
Course Registration & Waitlisting
Fee Payment Deadline
NOTE: Dates are subject to change.
- 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).