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Paralegal Services

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

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2 Years

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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.

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.

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus/Online Dartmouth Full time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled), and on-campus learning.
Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.

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 is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

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

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

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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