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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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Upcoming Information Sessions
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November 17
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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New! Biotech Patent Law
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Intellectual property rights are essential to the survival of life science companies. Gain understanding of critical information to create and maintain the proprietary position required for commercialization and life cycle management. Receive an overview of key IP law issues, including distinct nuances for the life science industry..
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Intellectual Property Law Certificate (ONLINE!)
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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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Litigation Technology Management Certificate
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Consider a career as a Litigation Technology Management Professional.This cutting-edge profession combines the legal knowledge of attorneys & paralegals with the technical skills of IT professionals.Litigation technology management professionals help identify, preserve, collect, produce, and manage electronically stored information (ESI) in litigation.
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Accelerated Paralegal Program
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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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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.