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Law Courses

In San Diego there is a great demand for individuals with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, trained to work in a legal environment. Whether it is intellectual property or paralegal training, UCSD Extension has the education you need to make your mark in the legal community.

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The American Bar Association defines a "Paralegal" as a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work under the direction and supervision of a practicing licensed attorney.

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Intellectual Property Law
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Explore the basic concepts of intellectual property. The nuts and bolts of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets are explained in layman's terms. Real-life examples and "war stories" are interwoven to clarify and emphasize the hot intellectual property issues that can make or break a company's financial health.
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Upcoming Information Sessions
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May 30
Join Julia Dunlap, Director of Legal Education at UCSD Extension, at a free info session to learn more about the paralegal and intellectual property certificates, and how you can develop your career in these fields.
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Accelerated Paralegal Program
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Starts June 22
The intensive accelerated program allows students to complete instruction in twelve weeks. Explore a variety of topics including Practice and Procedures;Legal Communications; Civil Litigation; Business/Corporate Law; and Intellectual Property Law.
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CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) Exam Preparation
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Starts July 2
This exam preparatory course is designed to review the key topics tested in the two day exam for certification of paralegals. Topics include Communications, Judgment and Analytical Ability, Legal Research, Legal Terminology, and Ethics.
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Free Career Clinics
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Take the next step in your career. Join expert career strategist, Camille Primm, at a free clinic to help you gauge your career development and set tangible goals. Choose from four clinics: recent grad, mid-career, in-transition or "encore."
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Paralegal Career Services
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Students and alumni of the paralegal program have access to job assistance through the Paralegal Career Services Manager. Benefits include individual counseling sessions and regular job announcements.
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Areas of Study

Master's Degree

The Health Policy and Law Master's Degree is a unique program of study that equips both legal and medical/health professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to improve practice where healthcare and law overlap.