What are the requirements for internationally educated Paralegals / Legal Assistants?

There is no licensing authority to regulate the profession of Paralegal in Alberta. 

The Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals (AAPP) is a voluntary association that provides support and networking for Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

What are the educational requirements for Paralegals in Alberta?

Note: Professional associations compare international education and experience to Canadian standards.

Paralegals need related post-secondary education or equivalent experience. Strong command of English, keyboarding, writing, editing, word processing and computer skills are required. 

In Alberta, the following institutions offer related two-year diploma programs. 

Bow Valley College in Calgary 

CDI College of Business, Technology and Healthcare, a private vocational school in Calgary and Edmonton 

Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton 

Red Deer College in Red Deer 

Reeves College , a private vocational school in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Lloydminster 

SAIT Polytechnic (SAIT) in Calgary 

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Because Paralegals and Legal Assistants are not regulated professions, there are no English requirements; however, Paralegals and Legal Assistants must understand legal terms, as well as have a high level of English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What information resources are available for Paralegals in Alberta?

Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals (AAPP) 

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