Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional)

Diploma of Social Sciences

Duration: 5.5 semesters plus 8 week work term

ANNOUNCEMENT: Academy Canada's Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) Program Joins Canadian Association of Paralegals

Academy Canada is pleased to continue our commitment to providing students with tools essential to ensure quality programming that addresses industry standards.

Second year students of Academy Canada's Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) will become Canadian Association of Paralegals members to broaden their networking connections and acquire up-to-date legal or paralegal field information.

The Canadian Association of Paralegals, also known as CAP, is a national association promoting development, visibility, and continuing education of paralegals.

For CAP members, their benefits include:

  • Being part of a strong colleague and member network, which provides support and exchange ideas to better their skill as paralegals.
  • Conference, seminar, and discussion group participation, allowing members to gain knowledge and further education in the legal field.
  • Taking part in profession recognition and advancement, and establishing links with provincial bar associations.
  • Receiving LIAISON, a legal newsletter, containing various articles relating to the legal profession.
  • Access to valuable information appearing on CAP's website, reserved for members only, including employment opportunities.

For more information about the Canadian Association of Paralegals, click here.

Program Description

The Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program prepares graduates to work as support staff within the legal profession. Students will acquire an understanding of general principles of Canadian law and receive theoretical and practical training in specific legal subjects, legal ethics, and small business requirements. Under the supervision of a professional lawyer, students will learn to interview clients, conduct legal research, prepare documents, and help legal professionals prepare for trials. A high level of skills, ability to effectively organize, and manage a variety of tasks simultaneously are essential for persons interested in this demanding field.

Program Courses

  • Introduction to Law
  • Criminal Law I
  • Communication Skills
  • Consumer Law
  • Bookkeeping
  • Property Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Motor Vehicle Offenses
  • Small Claims Court Practice and Advocacy
  • Family Law
  • Word Processing
  • Tort Law
  • Evidence I
  • Contracts I
  • Student Success
  • Debt Collection
  • Legal Office Procedures
  • Civil Procedure
  • Insurance Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
  • Criminal Law II
  • PCLaw
  • Contracts II
  • Evidence II
  • Corporate Law
  • Keyboarding
  • Spreadsheets
  • Work Term

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program, which includes a work term, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) in legal and law-related environments. Opportunities exist in the legal departments of governments and their agencies, private companies, life insurance, real estate, banking and paralegal firms.

Please click here for additional labour market information.

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) applicants should have a 60% average in 9 Level III credits including a 60% in 3rd level Academic English.

Mature Students

Mature students are eligible for admission to the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.

Specific Entrance Requirements

Students must submit two written letters of reference (no personal references) and a Certificate of Conduct from their local Police Department.

Certificate of Conduct: Students must acquire a Certificate of Conduct for admission into this program. Students are solely accountable for any offences not uncovered by the investigation which may preclude the student from subsequent work terms or employment.

For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000 or visit the information request page.

To apply for the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) or other Academy Canada programs, click here.

Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.

Academy Canada reserves the right to modify any programs, courses, topics, objectives, etc.


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