Capilano University

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School:Capilano University
Faculty:Faculty of Business & Professional Studies - School of Legal Studies
Field of Study:Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Description:Our Paralegal Diploma graduates work in law firms, corporations and government agencies under the supervision of a lawyer performing interesting and rewarding substantive and procedural legal work.

The CapU Legal Studies department has an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly sought after. We work closely with the legal industry to ensure that our curriculum is current and relevant. Our Paralegal Diploma is a full-time 2-year program for students who have already completed a minimum of two years of post-secondary education or equivalent learning experience. This program includes substantive law, procedural law and legal skills courses and students are required to complete a six-month paid practicum at the end of their studies.
URL:Paralegal at Capilano University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,257
International: $21,511

Cost shown is for Year 1 and includes fees.
Careers:Court RecordersParalegalsTrademark Agents

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have high school graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent OR Mature Student status. Applicants must also have English 100 level or higher course (B- or higher) or CMNS 159 (B+ or higher) or LPI exam (level 5 or higher).

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 560] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 83] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70]

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.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
Applicants are required to have one of the following: 2 years full-time post-secondary education (with an academic focus); 1 year full-time post-secondary education (with an academic focus) plus relevant life/work experience; or relevant life/work learning experience at the discretion of the department.

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. Applicants are also required to submit a resume, a short handwritten essay (three pages, double-spaced) entitled, “Why I Want to Become a Paralegal”, and two letters of reference (preferably from past employers or college/university instructors). Although not required, work experience in an office setting and a good working knowledge of computers are highly recommended.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on May 25, 2020

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