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ABA-Approved Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies

ABA-Approved Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Classroom Program

At-a-Glance

15 months

$5,500

UCR Extension

Don't just study law, gain experience. Start with legal theory, and then apply your skills in a unique internship. Our instructors are experienced attorneys and paralegals who have undergone a rigorous approval process. Get the most up-to-date information to work in a variety of legal areas.

Designed For

Individuals who want to:

  • Enter the legal field
  • Make a career change
  • Enhance their legal knowledge

What You'll Learn

  1. Advanced legal knowledge and skills to perform as a paralegal
  2. Current laws and court rules
  3. Academic, ethical and professional standards of the legal profession

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in large and small firms, corporations, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Arbitrator

What You Should Know

UCR Extension's Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies is the only ABA-approved program in the Inland Empire.

Certificate vs. Certification

Upon successful completion of our program, you earn a Professional Certificate, but professional certification is a separate, optional process.

  • Only the NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals can certify you.
  • Our curriculum meets the required educational criteria to apply for NALA certification.
  • For more details about certification and how to apply, visit: www.nala.org

Paralegal Internship:

Develop your skills with an optional internship in a law firm, corporate in-house counsel's office, public agency or other legal setting. Gain practical experience and make valuable connections for your career.

Program Overview

Required

24 Units

Elective

7 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I came to UCR Extension with a legal background from Mexico. During the Paralegal Studies Professional Certificate program, I acquired the necessary knowledge to understand the U.S. legal system. The instructors are highly qualified, and they gave me the confidence to attend law school in the near future.”

Aida Tamayo

Paralegal
Riverside County Office of the District Attorney
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Possess a bachelor's degree or an associates degree (some vocational associates excluded) from an accredited post-secondary institution OR have completed a minimum of 40 semester units (or 59 quarter units) of college coursework, including a minimum of 18 semester units (or 27 quarter units) of general education courses in at least three different disciplines, such as:
    1. Social and behavioral sciences
    2. English literature and composition
    3. Foreign languages
    4. Mathematics
    5. Fine arts
    6. Humanities
    7. Natural sciences

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Fundamentals of Law for the Legal Professional

LAW X430

4 units

Legal Research and Writing I

LAW X431

4 units

Elective

Quarter 2

Legal Research and Writing II

LAW X432

4 units

Civil Litigation and Procedures

LAW X435

4 units

Elective

Quarter 3

Tort Law

LAW X439

3 units

Ethics for the Legal Professional

LAW X433.6

2 units

Elective

Quarter 4

Elective

Contract Law

LAW X437.1

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Even with a lawyer glut, the legal profession is struggling to serve everyone in need. Paralegal professionals will absolutely be leading the charge to help close California's access to the justice gap in the coming years. UCR Extension's program is the only ABA-approved program east of downtown L.A., and I'm honored to be part of it.”

K. Steven Blake

Attorney-at-Law, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director
The Governance Partners LLC
Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA

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