Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate
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The Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate program is a part-time program for those who are already working in the legal field as Legal Assistants. This is the only paralegal program endorsed by the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals. This one-year certificate includes eight theory-based courses and one consolidated practicum course. This program will prepare graduates to focus on contracts law, professional ethics, legal research, legal drafting, torts, rules of evidence and legal interviewing. The Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate will allow graduates to take on more responsibility within the legal field under the supervision of a lawyer.
September 6, 2022
2 semesters of coursework and a practicum.
$7,200 + GST for all courses and practicum. Payment plans are available.
· High School diploma with English 20-1 or 20-2 with a grade of at least 60%
· Graduate of an approved legal assistant program
· 3 years of experience working as a legal assistant
Candidates where English is a Second Language (ESL) must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement in addition to the Academic English requirement. Equivalencies are as follows:
· Required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and not an average of 7; or
· By completing high school in Canada. Studies must have been in English at an approved Canadian high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study; or
· By completing a recognized post-secondary degree or diploma program in Canada. The program must have involved at least two full years of full-time, consecutive academic study in English.
Approved English Language Proficiency Tests
Tests benchmarked at a CLB 7 for all 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Official results must be submitted directly to the PSI.
1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6 (no section score below 5.5);
2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Testing (TOEFL iBT): 71;
3. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General: 7 (with no section score below 6); and
4. Canadian Language Benchmarks/Milestones Test (7 in each strand, not an average of 7).
PLGL 101: Contracts Law
This course examines the history and major principles of contract law and the practical application of it in fact situations. Topics covered will include the formation of contracts, elements of a valid and enforceable contract, and types of damages for breach of contract.
PLGL 102: Professional Ethics
This course provides students with the foundational understanding of the ethical responsibility to their client and to the Paralegal profession. The course focuses on the identification of ethical issues including conflict of interest and confidentiality. Students will analyze and apply learning to different scenarios to determine appropriate actions and resolutions for best case outcomes.
PLGL 103: Legal Research
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal process, research tools and methods of researching. Emphasis is placed on how to perform an initial case analysis to obtain accurate information efficiently and effectively.
PLGL 104: Legal Analysis
This course provides students with an introduction to basic legal analysis through the study of case law, legislation and narrative secondary authorities. Students will learn to identify legal issues and rules, and how to apply the law to specific fact situations.
PLGL 105: Legal Drafting
This course will provide learners with the skills necessary to competently include legal research into their drafting of complex legal documents (ie. opinions, submissions, briefs, contacts, etc.)
PLGL 106: Torts Law
This course will provide students with an introduction to tort law through the study of case law and statutes, focusing on the law of negligence and including an introduction to the assessment of damages in negligence.
PLGL 107: Legal Interviewing
This course will provide students with the tools to conduct legal interviewing and the critical thinking skills and other techniques needed to gain the right information. Students will apply their learning with regard to interviewing clients, witnesses, and understanding of the social and interpersonal challenges in conducting an effective legal interview within the Paralegal role and scope.
PLGL 108: Rules of Evidence
In this course students will examine the rules of evidence and learn to analyze and critically apply these rules. Students will gain an understanding of what types of evidence are admissible and strategies to effectively present evidence in court.
PLGL 109: Work Experience
This course allows students to consolidate their learning in a hands-on environment. Students will apply knowledge and skills while demonstrating critical thinking skills, and exhibit professional behaviour needed as a paralegal in a law office.
Personal Computer (PC) or laptop with a reliable internet connection.
The software used in this course works best in a PC environment and is not usually compatible with MAC or Apple products.
Some Textbooks will be required and will be available through our main campus bookstore.
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