Legal Studies Programs

The School of Criminology at SFU provides education in Legal Studies at the Undergraduate and Graduate Level.

Graduate Program: MA in Applied Legal Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies program provides the education necessary to produce professional Notaries Public for the Province of British Columbia. The degree is designed to ensure that candidates for membership in the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia are educated to a high standard, and are integrated with the additonal professional training and education necessary to complete the requirements for qualification as a Notary Public. Completion of the degree is a prerequisite for membership in the Society of Notaries Public.

This graduate program is for students intending to practice as Notaries Public in British Columbia. The degree is granted on the successful completion of a 15 month course of study, and prepares students for admission to notarial practice.

The number of students entering notarial practice in British Columbia is ultimately governed by the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Conferral of this degree is no guarantee of a position in either the necessary professional training programs provided by the Society or in notarial practice.

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The MA in Applied Legal Studies program has received a 2011 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education.

The prestigious award was presented at the association’s national conference in Toronto to John Whatley, the CODE program director who received the award on behalf of SFU’s School of Criminology, Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE) and, in particular, all the people responsible for the design, implementation and continuing delivery of the program.

Kristy Martin, who completed the program in 2011, says that the innovative delivery of the program was essential: “My favourite experience in this program was e-live, which provided a more interactive learning opportunity without the need for in class attendance. That allowed those of us who do not live in Vancouver an opportunity to have lectures from our professors and to interact with our fellow students.”