The legal profession is a dynamic and well-paid sector that demands employees have the most up-to-date skills and education. Paralegals are a vital element to any legal team who are well-respected for their knowledge of legal documentation and procedures.
CDI College's Paralegal diploma program teaches a combination of administrative skills with specific paralegal training. Students study day-to-day administrative skills like advanced keyboarding and business communications as well as the law and legal processes. This includes an introduction to the Canadian court system including elements of corporate law, family law, real estate, criminal law, and litigation. Students also learn how to handle evidence and legal documentation.
The paralegal training at CDI College includes a practicum where students will put their newly-acquired skills to work in a legal office.
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SSS4 - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
EBW4 - Effective Business Writing
Following the completion of this course, students will be able to: describe business communications in today’s workplace; communicate in teams using listening, nonverbal and meeting skills; plan, write and review various types of business messages; communicate effectively using memos, email, letters and instant messages; create business reports and proposals; plan, write and deliver oral presentations.
KBF4 - Keyboarding
Students practice basic touch-typing techniques to develop skills in using the keyboard correctly. This course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals of keyboarding. This course will help the students reinforce their English language skills and develop their ability to key and compose information to develop the proper keyboarding techniques and skills. The gradual pace of this course will help the students develop both speed and accuracy while applying the proper keyboarding techniques and position. Students will also develop their proofreading techniques and improve their word processing techniques in a windows environment.
CES4B - Career and Employment Strategies
This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of successful job search.
B1075R - Customer Relations and Interpersonal Skills
In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies and role-playing. Students will learn relevant theories of human behaviour and how they may be applied to improve customer relations.
LAW1014 - Introduction to the Study of Law
Students will be provided with an overview of the Canadian legal system, legal institutions, and the structure of the Canadian court system. Students learn about the history of Canadian law including an analysis of the development of the Canadian constitution. The Legal Professional Act and the Rules of the Law Society of British Columbia will be discussed with a view towards professionalism and ethics in the field. There will be an examination of the roles and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. Students will learn how to interpret statutes and will attune their skills in legal reasoning. The Doctrine of Precedent, along with current issues, developments in Canadian law, and the process of law reform will also be overviewed in this module. The process of law reform, the Law of Equity, and how to distinguish case law and Stare Decisis will also be covered.
LAW1026 - General Legal Office Procedures and Documentation
In this module, students learn about the day-to-day organization, management, and procedures of a legal office. The latest developments in office technology are presented and practically applied as students draft standard legal documents (agreements, statements of claim, and defense, letters, and memos). Students are also introduced to the important skills of timekeeping, filing, and the effective use of communication systems (telephone, fax). Law office, trust accounting concepts and procedures are covered. One of the most highly valued abilities of legal administrative assistants and paralegals is that of being able to prioritize and organize multi-task workloads. Students learn these important skills in tandem with problem solving and critical thinking skills development.
LAW1034 - Litigation Procedures I
The focus of this course is on civil litigation. Students learn the steps for opening and maintaining a litigation file and the British Columbia court litigation stages and procedures. Familiarization is built with different types of damages and claims as well as the procedures for proving a claim. Students gain experience preparing all relevant documents (for pre-trial and trial proceedings). Proceeding to trial is also covered along with the procedure for actions (in Provincial Court and Civil Division). Mediation and settlement are introduced.
LAW1044 - Family Law Procedures
This course introduces the family court system in British Columbia. Students become familiar with Provincial and Supreme Court documentation and procedures used to bring issues of marriage, separation, divorce, custody/access, child welfare, adoption, maintenance, and property to resolution using the legal system. The Family Relations Act and the Divorce Act are covered. Students gain experience in completing a contested divorce file. Child Support guidelines are also covered.
LAW2014 - Real Estate Law and Conveyancing
This course focuses on the substantive law of real estate. Students are introduced to basic conveyancing procedures. The registration system in British Columbia is covered along with other forms and documents related to transfer/deed, charge/mortgage, and discharge of charge/mortgage. The structure of a real estate sale is illustrated. Students also learn the requirements when acting for the vendor or acting for the purchaser. Students also gain knowledge about closing a real estate transaction.
LAW2024 - Corporate and Commercial Law
Students are introduced to the incorporation and organization of a British Columbia company. There will be an overview of the British Columbia Business Corporation Act (by which the BC Company Act was repealed), the Society Act, the Canada Business Corporations Act, and the Canada Corporations Act. Guidelines and procedures for selecting a corporate name are covered. Student understanding of corporate by-laws and corporate structure is built along with the typical requirements of corporate meetings, minutes, resolutions, and the duties of directors and officers. Students use legal precedents to prepare articles of incorporation and corporate by-laws. Experience is gained with routine filings and resolutions. Students learn how to set up and maintain corporate records (Records Book as well as the transitions to the new Business Corporations Acts). Corporate securities, records, and changes are also covered.
LAW2034 - Criminal Law and Evidence
In this introductory course, students learn about the nature, purpose, scope, sources, and basic principles of criminal law. The Criminal Code of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are discussed. Students review the basic elements of a criminal offence and the practical procedures utilized throughout a client’s arrest, trial, sentencing, and appeal. Jurisdictional issues are presented along with the process for jury election. There will also be a discussion of evidence.
LAW2044 - Wills and Estate Planning
In this foundation course, students learn about wills and estates planning, estate succession, testacy, intestacy, requirements of a valid will and execution procedures. There is an introduction to the roles of the Executor and Trustee. Students learn about the Notice to Beneficiaries, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, and Representations Agreements. Assets, inheritance, and estate inventory are also presented.
LAA200 - Practicum
This program includes a practicum component consisting of work at a job site. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.
LAW3014 - Law of Torts
This course is an overview of the laws of negligence and various types of torts including false imprisonment, assault, battery, defamation, nuisance, and recovery of pure economic loss.
LAW3024 - Contract Law
Students learn about the formation of partnerships and general concepts underlying incorporations. The fundamental principles of contract law and various types of contracts are covered including an offer, acceptance, certainty, intention, consideration, privity, capacity, public policy, frustration, breach, misrepresentation, mistake, and remedies.
LAW3034 - Insurance Law
This course provides students with an overview of Canadian insurance law including the structure of the industry, insurable interests, valuation, subrogation, contribution and indemnity, and duty to disclose. Agents’ duties and responsibilities, form and formation of the insurance contract, the claims process, and British Columbia Auto Insurance issues are also covered. This course also focuses on personal injury practice and relevant substantive law and procedures required to manage a personal injury file.
LAW3044 - Legal Research and Interviewing
Research and analytical skills are developed in this course. Students gain an understanding of research design, data gathering, analysis, and reporting. The studies of primary and secondary research materials are covered along with how to correctly cite sources, case law, statutes, regulations, and legislation. Students will prepare a legal research memorandum, read case briefs and legal documents, use encyclopedias, annotated reports, law reviews, and case comments. Internet research is also covered extensively along with how to locate decisions and statutes. Students learn about various types of interviews and increase their expertise in conducting interviews. Students also learn about how laws and statutes are made (first reading, second reading), hone their legal reasoning, and legal problem solving skills.
LAW3054 - Litigation Procedures II
In this course, a continuation of Litigation Procedures I, students learn about the enforcement of judgments, the use of precedents in litigation, and further their understanding and knowledge of alternative dispute resolution. Students deepen their understanding of the law-making process, the use of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and procedures in Small Claims Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia. This course also prepares students to draft motion of notice and affidavit.
LAW3064 - Corporate and Commercial Law II
This course advances student understanding and knowledge of the differences between reporting and non-reporting companies. Students analyze agency relationships, liabilities and methods of securing financial transactions, and acquiring assets. Different types of financial arrangements, the nature of security, credit devices, priorities, and assignments are covered. There is also a review and consolidation of the structure of businesses, their creation, and the requirements for their transfer. The procedures involved in various commercial transactions from the opening of a file to the closing are presented. Students become familiar with typical documentation dealing with a variety of commercial transactions: commercial leasing, commercial financing of real and personal property, and commercial sales.
LAW3074 - Real Estate Law and Conveyancing II
The nature of mortgages, features, legal and equitable interests, principles of interest, priorities, assignment, extinguishment, insurance issues, and payout strategies are covered in this course. A continuation of Real Estate Law and Conveyancing I, property law concepts, the land title system, undertakings, conflict of interest, contract of purchase and sale, and tax issues are also covered. Students also learn about the Personal Property Securities Act, validity of security agreements, rights of parties and theory, concepts, procedures, and forms. Students also gain knowledge of commercial conveyancing matters and the role of the conveyancing assistant.
LAW3084 - Criminal Law and Evidence II
This course, a continuation of Criminal Law and Evidence I, covers interviewing techniques and investigation procedures with regards to criminal offenses, examination techniques (direct and cross), and the creation and maintenance of a criminal file. This course also includes the gathering of information, obtaining a retainer, completing documentation, billing, and reporting. There is also a review of the law of evidence and the evidentiary statement.
LAW3094 - Wills and Estates Planning II
An overview of The Wills Act and the Administration of Estates Act are covered. This course also covers the roles of the Executor and Trustee.
LAW4014 - Intellectual Property
This course provides an overview of common law, legislation and international treatises, and conventions impacting intellectual property (focusing on copyright, patents, and trademarks). Students are also introduced to the concepts and practice underlying the management and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
LAW4024 - Credit and Collection Procedures
This course presents the laws and procedures related to debtor’s and creditor’s rights. Students learn about builders' liens applicable statute law and provincial legislation. The procedural rules to bring a simple debt action, file a debt action, and file a writ of enforcement are discussed. Students review the means of enforcing a judgment and realizing on personal property security. Both Provincial Court and Supreme Court procedures are analyzed. Students learn about the process for garnishing wages and bank accounts.
PLGL199 - Practicum II
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as regular employees in order to gain the valuable real-world experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory. This in an unpaid experience.
BCAO - Business Computer Applications
The first component of this course is designed to introduce students to basic computer literacy through familiarization with the components that make up a computer. Students will also look at the Windows operating system to learn how to manage a computer on a regular basis. The second component of this course will teach the basic skills required to work with a variety of business documents including the following MS Office Products Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third and final component is designed to introduce students to considerations for living online. Students will look at what the Internet is and how e-mail has made a huge impact on communicating with others as well as look at how to find information on the Internet and avoid risk to personal security while online.