The intensive accelerated program allows students to complete instruction in twelve weeks. The program is held three times a year, beginning each fall (September), spring (March), and summer (June) quarters. Classes meet four days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classes are usually held at the UCSD University City Center Center, although classes may also be held at other locations in San Diego or the UCSD La Jolla campus.
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The following topics are covered in the full-time study program.
The program fee is $7,060 and includes instruction, course materials and textbooks, lifetime placement assistance and services, certificate fee, parking permit (as needed), visits to relevant sites, orientation and graduation lunch. A $500 deposit is required upon acceptance in the program. This certificate program is exempt from any discounts.
2017 Accelerated Program Dates
Spring 2017: March 27 - June 15, 2017
Summer 2017: June 26 - September 15, 2017
Fall 2017: September 25 - December 14, 2017
Certificate Program Enrollment
Candidates must be officially accepted into the full-time program before attending classes. Enrollment is limited.
Refunds and Withdrawals
Requests for withdrawal from the full-time program must be submitted in writing to the Paralegal Program office. The $60 application fee is nonrefundable. If the participant requests withdrawal prior to the beginning of the program, the balance of the fee is refunded in full. If a participant requests withdrawal after the program begins, refunds are offered on the following basis:
- Withdrawal before or during the second week of instruction: 65 percent refund
- Withdrawal before or during the third week of instruction: 35 percent refund
- Withdrawal after the third week of instruction: no refund
Financial aid is available to certificate candidates. Call (858) 822-1366 for information or visit the financial aid webpage.
Role of a Paralegal
The ABA 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. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code 6450 et seq.)
The part-time program allows participants to study for a new career without disrupting their work schedules, offering quarterly courses that meet one night per week. Students pay for courses when they enroll and need not pay for the entire program in advance. Part-time students may also take daytime courses.
On an average, the part-time program takes 12 to 24 months to complete. Students enrolled in three to four courses each quarter can satisfy certificate requirements within one year. Classes are held in classrooms at University City Center in addition to other locations in the San Diego area.
The following courses comprise the part-time program. See the quarterly UCSD Extension catalog for the schedule of offerings, course descriptions, and enrollment information.
A combination of one-, two-, and three-unit electives that total six units are needed to complete the program. One or more electives are offered each quarter. See the quarterly UC San Diego Extension catalog for detailed course information.
Students may begin program in any quarter.
Quarters Start: September, January, March and June.
Individual courses are listed in the UC San Diego Extension quarterly catalog and at extension.ucsd.edu/law. Certificate candidates can expect to pay approximately $4,300-$4,500 for the entire program, not including materials, books, and a $60 application fee. Students pay for courses at the time of enrollment and can spread out the cost of the program over several quarters. Costs of courses are subject to change.
Certificate Program Enrollment
Although anyone may enroll in any or all of the evening courses, those who wish to earn a certificate must formally apply for the certificate before enrolling in their third course. Upon acceptance into the program, candidates have five years from the date of enrollment in their first class to successfully complete all requirements. Certificate enrollees have priority enrollment in courses.
Credit from other University of California ABA approved programs is accepted (credit from other schools is accepted only by special permission). However, nine courses must be taken through UC San Diego Extension, regardless of whether the students have completed core requirements elsewhere.
For more information about the Paralegal Program, call (858) 534-8164, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Paralegal Program, UCSD Extension, Dept. 0170P, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0170. Detailed descriptions and schedules of evening classes are available in the quarterly UC San Diego Extension catalog.
Financial aid is available to certificate candidates. Call (858) 534-3400 for information.
Refunds and Withdrawals
Refund and withdrawal policies are listed in the UC San Diego Extension catalog. The $60 application fee is nonrefundable. Note: The Paralegal Program reserves the right to dismiss a student from the program at any time for unsatisfactory performance. If a student is dismissed, refunds are granted on the same basis as withdrawals.
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The intensive accelerated program allows students to complete instruction in 12 weeks. The program is offered three times a year the fall, spring, and summer quarters. The part-time program permits students to begin the program in any quarter. Quarters start in September, January, March and June.
Applications must be submitted four weeks prior to the beginning of the term for the accelerated program. For the part-time program, applications should be submitted before the term in which the student begins, and the application file must be complete before the student enrolls in their third class. Students applying to the accelerated program are advised to apply early.
Graduates of the UC San Diego Extension Paralegal Program have access to job assistance through the Paralegal Program. The Paralegal Career Services Manager conducts individual counseling sessions on cover letter and resume drafting, job sourcing, and interviewing techniques, and provides general career guidance to Paralegal Program students and alumni. The Career Services Manager regularly participates in community job development activities and refers program graduates to companies offering employment opportunities, internships, and externships. While UCSD Extension cannot guarantee job placement, the Career Services Manager is available to help students develop career skills, identify personal strengths and goals, and ultimately translate these elements into successful employment opportunities. Career services are available at no additional fee for all program graduates.
In addition, the UC San Diego Extension Paralegal Program posts available legal support staff job opportunities to an online, members-only job bank. Positions are posted as they are received and graduates may elect to receive daily alerts when positions are posted.
Admission requirements are the same for both the Accelerated and Part-Time programs. Standards are set by the ABA and are reviewed periodically. Applicants must meet entrance requirements prior to admission. The basic requirements and submissions are as follows:
- Bachelor's degree (for the Accelerated Program) or significant legal experience
- Minimum of an Associate's Degree or equivalent general education units (for the Part-time Program) or significant legal experience
- Completion of the Application for Candidacy in the Paralegal Program
- A $60 processing fee, payable to UC Regents. This fee covers the application evaluation and counseling throughout the program.
- Official transcripts of college work
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional background.
The ABA 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. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code Â§Â§ 6450 et seq.)