Law schools in British Columbia

  • General: requires an undergraduate degree and its transcript of records, LSAT score in the last five years, a personal statement, and a Completed Law Admissions Equity & Diversity Survey.
  • Indigenous: for those who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. This admission stream has the same requirements with General applicants, in addition to a personal statement describing one’s connection to their Indigenous community and two letters of reference.
  • Inclusive Admission: for applicants with unique circumstances other than the General or Indigenous admission streams. Applicants will have to submit additional documents in addition to the requirements prescribed for General admission.

Other Universities and Colleges

There are also other universities and colleges in BC that offer undergraduate (bachelor’s) degrees. There are also other courses, programs, diplomas, or certificates related to law or other legal fields:

Capilano University – School of Legal Studies:

    • Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) Degree
    • Citation in Contract Law
    • Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate
    • Minor in Legal Studies
    • Paralegal Certificate
    • Paralegal Diploma

Royal Roads University:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
    • Master of Arts in Justice Studies
    • Graduate Diploma in Justice Studies

Langara College:

    • Diploma in Criminal Justice

University of the Fraser Valley:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Diploma in Criminal Justice
    • Legal Administrative Assistant
    • Paralegal Certificate
    • Paralegal Diploma

Camosun College:

    • Diploma in Criminal Justice

Selkirk College:

    • Law and Justice Studies – Liberal Arts Diploma
    • Peace and Justice Studies – Liberal Arts Diploma

Douglas College:

    • Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies
    • Diploma in Legal Studies

Vancouver Island University:

    • Certificate in Legal Studies

Kwantlen Polytechnic University:

    • Certificate in Legal Administrative Studies

Simon Fraser University:

    • Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies
    • Certificate in Legal Studies

These are different from the pre-requisite JD degree program to become a lawyer, as offered by the above-mentioned law schools in British Columbia.

Still, some of these can serve as a law student’s bachelor’s degree before enrolling in a JD degree program. It may also be a career opportunity to become paralegals, or for other professionals who want to expand their legal knowledge of their field.

If you have any questions about the different law schools in British Columbia, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.

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