Paralegal Services

Acquire a solid grounding in legal theory and prepare for a career in various legal settings.


Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 Cumberland Campus • Springhill • Cancelled New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
September 2016 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Paralegals work very closely with lawyers, organizing their own time and that of the lawyers, attending to crucial details, performing research, completing or drafting documents, and more. In this program you develop and hone the skills and procedures legal practitioners look for in one of these indispensable professionals. Even more importantly, you acquire a solid grounding in the legal theory behind each of those procedures. If you enjoy learning about law and doing research, understand the necessity of precise language, have above-average reading and writing skills, and are a detail-oriented person, you will succeed in this program and graduate ready to take a position as a paralegal, legal services technician, legal assistant, or law clerk.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Highlight"You will feel very prepared for any legal environment when you are finished."
  2. Why Take It"If you are good at research and enjoy reading and writing and have a keen interest in the Canadian Legal System."
  3. Cool Activity"We got to sit in on some court cases and discuss them afterwards ... it was interesting and allowed us to apply our training and knowledge to real-world court matters."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • You get a solid foundation in each area of the law. You learn the procedures and the principles behind them.
  • You learn by performing legal research, writing legal memoranda, and by creating a variety of documents for common areas of practice including contracts, corporate, litigation, property, and wills.
  • The program provides two work placements.
  • Benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience to the classroom and have strong connections to the legal community.

Employment Opportunities

  • Entry-level positions in law firms, corporate legal departments, justice centres, government departments, community legal services office, financial institutions and insurance agencies.

Other Info

  • The session originally scheduled to start in September 2015 at Cumberland Campus, Springhill has been cancelled.
  • Alternate Locations – The location for this program alternates and is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates. In September 2015 the first year of the program will only be offered at Cumberland Campus (Amherst Learning Centre).
  • This program, and the related employment in this field, involves a great deal of reading, writing, and document management. Above-average communication skills and strong organizational abilities will be helpful to your success in this area.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1000   Financial Accounting I
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMP 1026   Document Processing for Paralegals I
COMP 2026   Document Processing for Paralegals II
COMP 2105   Database I
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
LEGL 1000   Canadian Legal System
LEGL 1010   Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility
LEGL 1025   Corporate Law
LEGL 1030   Contracts & Torts
LEGL 1040   Property Law I - Principles of Property Law
LEGL 1050   Legal Research I - Introduction to Legal Research
LEGL 1080   Litigation I
LEGL 2025   Commercial Law
LEGL 2035   Accounting for the Legal Profession
LEGL 2040   Property Law II-Introduction to Real Estate Conveyancing
LEGL 2050   Legal Research II - Legal Research Process
LEGL 2080   Litigation II
LEGL 2995   Work Experience I
LEGL 3040   Property Law III - Conveyancing Practice
LEGL 3045   Wills and Estates
LEGL 3050   Legal Research III - Legal Analysis & Memorandum Writing
LEGL 3080   Litigation III
LEGL 3205   Legal Applications
LEGL 4040   Property Law IV-Remedies in Property Law
LEGL 4070   Criminal Law
LEGL 4080   Litigation IV
LEGL 4205   Conflict Resolution for Paralegals
LEGL 4995   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    In addition to their required courses, learners will complete one (1) unit of directed elective credit in a LEGL, COMM, COMP, ACTG, or MGMT subject area, or as approved by the Academic Chair and in line with their program of study.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

Next Steps

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