Today, paralegals are in demand not only in law offices but also in a wide variety of organizations, including consumer groups, corporations, courts, government agencies, health care facilities, insurance companies, and real estate brokerages. UCSD Extension's ABA-Approved Paralegal Program combines practical skills with legal theory and analysis, providing students with a balanced perspective and insight into the tasks paralegals perform.
*Online options available for some courses (part-time only); varies by quarter.
*Cost varies by format and curriculum updates.
*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.
To learn more about the Accelerated and Part-time Paralegal Certificate Programs, visit the program website
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.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
The part-time program allows participants to study for a new career without disrupting their current work schedules. Quarterly courses meet once a week for up to ten weeks. Students pay for each course individually as taken. Day classes are now available to accelerate completion of the certificate. Minimum of Associates Degree or significant legal experience is required.
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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Applicants are officially admitted to the program upon completion of the application process, which includes: three letters of recommendation, official transcripts and the application for candidacy accompanied by a $95 fee. For more information, please visit the program website at extension.ucsd.edu/paralegal.
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" Before the Paralegal Program at the UCSD Extension, I possessed very little knowledge of the legal world. Throughout the program, I was able to learn and apply my knowledge in my professional setting preparing me for my future as a Paralegal. "
" After completing the paralegal program, I have been offered positions above entry-level. I enjoyed the program so much that I have also decided to take an IP paralegal course! "
" The faculty and quality of education was strong, real strong. It's just a fantastic program on so many levels - but paramount and above all amongst the varying layers was the staff and the people involved. I give them a resounding A+. "
" UCSD Extension’s Paralegal program has impacted my life in different aspects. An opportunity that this program provided me is something that I have always dreamt about. I am the first child in my family to be working in the Legal industry. I am really eager to follow the road of the legal industry "
" This program gave me the resources and instruction I needed to get a head start in the legal industry. By providing a diverse education in different fields of law, UCSD Extension allowed me to comfortably transition between a variety of different legal industries. "
" I have been able to find employment much faster than I believe I would have. I also am able to support my daughter (whom I was pregnant with the entire time I was in the program.) Thank you! "
" From the variety of classes to the knowledgeable and hands-on instructors to the CP exam preparatory course, every aspect of the program ensures quality. "
" It helped me realize I wanted a job that was more mentally stimulating and engaged my intellectual skills, and gave me the certification and confidence to pursue a job in the legal field. I am working as a paralegal in a medium-sized family law firm! "
" The Extension's paralegal certificate program offers one of the best educational experiences around and access to an extensive professional network. That kind of access is foremost available through the Extension because employers trust the wonderful instructors who are behind the certificate. "
" My experience with UCSD Extension has been amazing. The instructors that I met were all inspiring. Being very skeptical as to how people treat a foreign student, I am thankful for every instructor that I came across teaching and explaining content a number of times until I fully understood the conc "
" I learned the importance of trial graphics and how to prepare clear and concise presentations for trial I would recommend this course to any legal professional wanting to elevate their skills as well as their professional profile. "