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Paralegal Certificate

Legal Administration and Paralegal

Take up the next challenge in your legal career

If you are already working as a legal administrative assistant and looking for career advancement or new challenges in the field of law, consider training as a paralegal.

51 Paralegal certificate classes are scheduled on evenings, weekends, and online to suit your professional schedule. You can complete a one-year certificate part-time and move on to tackle a two-year paralegal diploma. Learn from attorneys and experienced paralegals with exceptional academic and professional qualifications in small classes where you get personal attention and become familiar with terminology, policies, and procedures that apply to all areas of law. The certificate is recognized by the (BCPA) for membership.


Application Type: Undergrad

Credential: Certificate

Format: Part time

Delivery: Online with scheduled meeting times

Duration: 1–3 years

Days and times: Evenings and Saturdays

Tuition*: Approximately $6300 plus semesterly fees. Tuition paid per course.

Start dates: January, September

Application deadline:
Students can apply at any time and will be considered for the next available intake.

* Tuition subject to change without notice. are not included in tuition.

Entrance requirements

View the full list of entrance requirements for this program in the Academic Calendar.

View instructions on how to apply to UFV here.


Legal office experience or completion of an LAA certificate

One of the requirements for entry to the Paralegal program is one of the following:

  • Successful completion at the post-secondary level, and within the past two years, of a Legal Administrative Assistant certificate program that includes a practicum; 
  • Current employment in a law firm, with a minimum of two years administrative assistance experience.

If you have not yet worked in a legal office, we recommend 51's Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) program. An LAA certificate will provide you with the base knowledge of the legal system including an introduction to terminology, legal processes, and applicable documentations in a variety of legal areas including Litigation, Family Law, Corporate Law, Wills and Estates, and Conveyancing.  As you transition to the Paralegal program, the knowledge acquired in the LAA program will be applied as you research, review, and study cases using the rules and regulations of the legal system under each subject area.

Additionally, students who first complete the LAA program often find the transition to the Paralegal program easier than students who directly enter the program. The same can be said for those searching for employment, as many law firms require paralegals to know the LAA role and to be able to support the LAA when needed.


How to submit your documents

  • View instructions on how to submit your transcripts here.
  • If you are currently employed in a law firm and do not have an LAA certificate, please submit proof of employment and a copy of your resume indicating your experience in a law firm. You can do this by emailing admissions@ufv.ca with your resume as an attachment, or by uploading your resume to the application portal.
Program outline

Skills and knowledge

Students enrolled in the Paralegal certificate program will:

  • Define, discuss and apply the ethical standards of modern paralegal practice.
  • Name, define and differentiate Canadian sources of law.
  • Apply basic British Columbia legal procedures.
  • Discuss and articulate essential legal concepts in torts, contacts and corporate/business and family applications.
  • Draft, copy and distribute various documents and legal correspondence using modern technologies.
  • Conduct basic research including identifying legislation and citing case law.



Core Courses (required):

  • PRLG 100 - Introduction to Law
  • PRLG 150 - Contracts I
  • PRLG 210 - Torts I
  • PRLG 230 - Legal Research and Writing I

Electives: select 4

  • PRLG 120 - Family Law
  • PRLG 125 - Criminal Law and Procedures I
  • PRLG 130 - Intellectual Property Law
  • PRLG 135 - Wills and the Probate Administration Process
  • PRLG 140 - Property Law
  • PRLG 155 - Corporate and Commercial Law
  • PRLG 200 - Litigation I
  • PRLG 205 - Insurance Law

For full Paralegal course descriptions, see the 51 Calendar.


Course Schedule

We strongly encourage you to complete PRLG 100 and PRLG 230 before PRLG 150, PRLG 210, or any elective.

PRLG 100 Intro to Law
PRLG 230 Legal Research and Writing I
PRLG 150 Contracts I
PRLG 120 Family Law
PRLG 200 Litigation I
PRLG 205 Insurance Law


PRLG 125 Criminal Law and Procedures I
PRLG 130 Intellectual Property Law
PRLG 135 Wills and the Probate Administration Process


PRLG 100 Intro to Law
PRLG 230  Legal Research and Writing I 
PRLG 210 Torts I
PRLG 140  Property Law
PRLG 155 Corporate and Commercial Law  

 *Please note that the Course Schedule is subject to change. To view the official course offerings, please click here.  



Students whose grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 may be required to withdraw from the program. Students who fail to maintain cumulative GPA of 3.00 (B average) will not be eligible for graduation.


Classes are taught by experienced paralegals possessing exceptional academic and professional qualifications. This program blends substantive legal study with instruction and hands-on practice in paralegal skills.


Tuition and fees

This program is subject to Program-Specific Fees. The Paralegal program fees are calculated by credit. Students in this program also pay semesterly fees.

Laddering into the Paralegal Diploma

The certificate program ladders into the Paralegal diploma program. After completing the 8-course certificate, students have only 15 out of 23 courses remaining in order to earn the diploma.

Once students complete the certificate, they can start to work in the field as a paralegal and continue to take courses of interest or pursue the diploma program to deepen their experience and knowledge.

Transfer credit

Many students choosing to take the Paralegal program have prior education in law. After you apply to the program and submit your application and official documentation, 51 can review your academic history to determine whether your past educational experience is eligible for a transfer credit.

Distance students

This program is currently offered fully online. However, distance students should be advised that this program teaches BC law, so it is the best fit for students who plan to work in BC after graduation.

International students

This program is not currently open to international students. Please see the list of .


Employment facts

The 51 Paralegal certificate program delivers employment-focused education and professional training to prepare you to work immediately as an entry-level paralegal in the province of B.C., and to acquire membership with the .&Բ;​

In British Columbia, paralegals have excellent employment prospects. Paralegals can work in law firms, government offices, compliance departments in public or private corporations, legal aid clinics, banks, search houses, marketing agencies, recruitment agencies, consulting firms, educational institutions, research firms, or in companies that support the legal profession. Many paralegals opt to be self-employed and work for lawyers on a contract basis. Some paralegals choose to become a notary public or a trademark agent, as these related professions are complementary.

Visit to learn more about the labour market for paralegals in British Columbia.


To find your textbooks, use the . Select "PRLG - Paralegal" as your area of study.



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