Diploma in Paralegal Studies (DPS)

Description Description

Paralegals assist lawyers in preparing cases. They also carry out administrative functions, and may on occasion undertake preliminary legal research work, under the supervision of a lawyer. This program will help students discover the challenges offered by a career as a paralegal. It will also provide them with more than just legal facts and theories. Included in the program is 600 hours of paid co-op experience. Students will have the opportunity to study substantive, procedural, and paralegal skills courses and apply theory into practice.

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for careers as:

  • Paralegals
  • Legal Administrative Assistants

Wages Wages

Earn up to $48 per hour 

Program Admission Requirements Program Admission Requirements

Possess grade 12 education or it’s equivalent (i.e. secondary school graduation) or mature student status (19 years of age or older), OR

  • Possess previous post-secondary education (diploma or degree) AND
  • Satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by either: 
  • Proof of a minimum of three years of formal secondary school education in English language and a good command of the English language (both orally and in writing) OR
  • IELTS band score 6.0 OR
  • TOEFL 550 score OR
  • Any other English language assessment test with equivalent score OR
  • College’s English Language Placement Assessment Test (ELPAT) with a minimum score of 60%

Those not meeting the standardized test (IELTS or TOEFL) cut-off mark may be required to take the three-month ESL program offered by the College. 

Program Duration Program Duration

1950 hours/74 weeks

Course Outline Course Outline


Diploma in Paralegal Studies *   Contact Hours
1 GSC185 Orientation to Study   50
2 ENG106 Interpersonal Communications Skills   50
3 ICT180 Information and Communications Technology   50
4 PLA218 Introduction to the Canadian Legal System   100
5 PLA221 Law Office Procedures   50
6 PLA271 Paralegal Writing   50
7 PLA272 Legal Document Drafting   50
8 PLA273 Legal Research Methods   50
9 PLA352 Torts   50
10 LAW254 Business and Corporate Law   100
11 PLA355 Real Property   50
12 PLA389 Legal Interviewing and Communication   50
13 PLA357 Wills, Probate and Estates   50
14 PLA364 Insurance Law   50
15 PLA380 Contract Law   50
16 PLA451 Evidence   50
17 PLA452 Issues in Litigation   100
18 PLA456 Family Law   50
19 PLA466 Criminal Law   50
20 PLA467 Intellectual Property   50
21 GSC210 Career Development Strategies   50
21 DRS500 Directed Research   50
22 PLA599 Paralegal Co-op  Education   100
    Program Contact Hours: 1350  
    Co-op Hours: 600  

Fee Structure Fee Structure


Tuition Fee $8400 Domestic
Registration Fee $250
Course Material $250
Total $8900  
Tuition Fee $12250 International
Registration Fee $250
Course Material $250
Total $12,750  

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


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