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Paralegal Services

Paralegal Services

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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist


Paralegals work very closely with lawyers. They conduct research, compile documentation and help manage lawyers' work.

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 foundation in legal theory, processes and procedures.

If you enjoy learning about law, 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 on a position as a paralegal, legal services technician, legal assistant or law clerk.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed between year one and two and then again at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Graduates work in law firms, corporate legal departments, justice centres, government departments and community legal services office.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn by performing legal research, by 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 term opportunities.
  • Benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience to the classroom and have strong connections to the legal community.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Other info

  • 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.

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
COMP 3026   Document Processing for Paralegals III
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 II
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.

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