Advance Your Designated Paralegal Career with CLEBC

Designated Paralegals play an important role in providing the public with greater access to legal services in BC. This rewarding role offers an exciting opportunity which brings with it a number of additional challenges and responsibilities.

If you’re a Designated Paralegal, or if you’re thinking of becoming one, CLEBC can help you develop the skills you need to enhance your career.Designated Paralegal Courses at CLEBC

Upcoming Courses for Paralegals

Two upcoming half-day CLEBC programs will give you the information and hands-on experience you need to excel in this expanded role.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Course chairs:
Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Michele Ross - Designated Paralegal, Quay Law Centre, New Westminster
Rose Singh - Designated Paralegal, JFK Law Corporation, Vancouver

The Designated Paralegal

9:00am – 12:00pm

Hear from our panel of experts about pitfalls to watch out for when giving legal advice, how to handle difficult client interviews, and how to avoid subtle mistakes that can cause difficulties for your supervising lawyer. For those of you not yet designated, get tips from experienced designated paralegals about how to pitch the idea to your supervising lawyer. Whether you work for a litigator or solicitor, attending this course will benefit your firm, your supervising lawyer, and the clients you serve. Attend this course in-person or via Live Webinar.

The Designated Family Law Paralegal Workshop

1:00pm – 4:00pm

This hands-on workshop will allow you to try out your skills in a supportive environment. After hearing from senior counsel and existing designated paralegals, you’ll have the chance to practice your advocacy skills in a courtroom-like setting. Hear from a colleague as she shares the highlights and lessons learned from her courtroom experience, get tips on preparing for court, and experience what works and what doesn't work in the courtroom.

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Self-Paced eLearning

If you’re looking for the convenience and flexibility of learning on your own, our award-winning Self-Paced eLearning programs will allow you to work online at your own pace.

These easily-accessible short programs are interactive, with questions interspersed between video clips of a previously recorded CLE-TV program. There are reference materials available to be viewed online or downloaded. You can save your progress, attempt the questions as many times as you like, and complete the program over several sessions.

Choose from the following Self-Paced eLearning topics and take your skills to the next level.

Email - Preventing a Mailstrom

Email has been at the centre of a spate of reports to the Lawyers Insurance Fund. In this program, you will hear the ways that email has triggered a report to LIF, with examples from the cases. You will hear what went wrong and how it could have been avoided. Margrett George and Jonathan Corbett share practical risk management advice that you will be able to incorporate into your practice right away.


This session will introduce the three most common forms of procrastination, examine the most frequently occurring pitfalls, and provide you with a series of tips and a self-coaching practice that can help you to break free of the procrastination cycle.

Understanding and Overcoming Perfectionism

Following up on the popular program on Procrastination, Allison Wolf and Derek LaCroix, QC explore the ways that perfectionism can sabotage you. You will understand how it helps, how it harms, and what to do when it crosses the line.

Trust Accounting - Proper Practices & Pitfalls

This course highlights the Law Society’s Division 7 Rules on Trust Accounts and Other Client Property. It discusses trust accounting basics, such as how to receive funds into trust, how to withdraw them, and how to appropriately handle cash transactions. The presenters also discuss some topical issues such as cheque imaging, electronic records, and trust accounting best practices.

Register online or call our Customer Service department at 604-893-2121.