Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate
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 11, 2023
January 8, 2024
$6660.00 for all courses and practicum. Payment plans are available.
· Successful completion of English 20-1 or 60% in English 20-2
· Graduate of an approved legal assistant program
· Minimum of 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.
- PLGL 1001: Contracts Law
Examine the history and major principles of Contracts Law and the practical application of it in a variety of situations. You will learn about the formation of contracts, elements of a valid and enforceable contract, and types of damages for breach of contract.
- PLGL 1002: Professional Ethics
Learn to recognize the ethical responsibilities to your clients, and to the Paralegal profession. This course will focus on teaching you to identify ethical issues including conflict of interest, confidentiality, and more. Learn to analyze and apply your learning to a variety of scenarios to determine appropriate actions and resolutions for best case outcomes.
- PLGL 1003: Legal Research
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the legal process, including research tools and methods. An emphasis is places on how to perform an initial case analysis to obtain accurate information efficiently and effectively.
- PLGL 1004: Legal Analysis
Experience an introduction to basic legal analysis through the study of case law, legislation and narrative authorities. You will learn to identify legal issues and rules, and how to apply the law to specific fact situations.
- PLGL 1005: Legal Drafting
Build the skills needed to competently draft complex legal documents. You will learn to use legal research in developing legal briefs, submissions, opinions and contacts.
- PLGL 1006: Torts Law
This introduction to Tort Law comes in the form of studying case law and statutes, with a focus on the law of negligence, and including an introduction to the assessment of damages in negligence.
- PLGL 1007: Legal Interviewing
Acquire tools to conduct legal interviews, in addition to developing the critical thinking skills and other techniques needed to gain the right information. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the Paralegal with regard to interviewing clients, witnesses, and understanding the social and interpersonal challenges of conducting an effective legal interview.
- PLGL 1008: Rules of Evidence
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 1009: Work Experience
Apply the knowledge gained and skills developed in this program into a professional hands-on work environment in the legal industry. Demonstrate your professionalism, expertise, and critical thinking skills while gaining experience with Paralegal work 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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