Applied legal studies

The Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies program provides the professional education and training necessary for a career as a notary public in British Columbia. The program ensures that candidates for membership in the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia are educated to a high standard and is integrated with the requirements for qualification as a notary public.

Completion of the Applied Legal Studies degree is a prerequisite for membership in the Society of Notaries Public.

Program admission requirements

Satisfaction of the entrance requirements means only that an applicant is eligible for admission into the program. Since the admission is competitive, with usually only 30 seats are available each year, a regular applicant should have an undergraduate GPA substantially higher than the minimum required in order to have a higher chance of admission.

The Society of Notaries Public receives over 1,600 application inquiries from the public annually. On average 20 to 25 students per year are selected.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a notary public in British Columbia, please contact the Society of Notaries Public. The Society's website provides extensive information about becoming a notary and includes steps to follow should you wish to pursue a career in the notary public profession.

Once you have applied to become a notary, and after you have completed the screening process, you will be invited to apply for admission to the Applied Legal Studies program.


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Program details

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