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About the Paralegal Studies (ABA Approved) Program

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.

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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.

Accelerated Program
Our intensive and rigorous accelerated paralegal program allows a student to complete the courses in the program in one quarter; with successful completion resulting in an ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate that is recognized in every state.
The program is held three times a year during the Spring (March), Summer (June), and Fall (September) quarters. Our nationally recognized program has been approved by the ABA for the last 30 years and has traditionally taken place in-person at our UCSD University City Center in San Diego.  For the upcoming Fall quarter, classes will be held both online and live online via Zoom, Monday –Thursday, 9am – 4pm, allowing a student to attend and complete the certificate program from anywhere they have access to online resources.

Admission Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's Degree is required or significant legal experience
  • Official transcripts of college work
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional background.


Costs: $7,095
Approximate Duration: 12 Weeks


Part-time 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.

Costs: Certificate candidates can expect to pay approximately $5,100-$5,200 for the entire program, not including materials, books, and a $95 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.

Approximate Duration: 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.

Please visit the Program's webpage for more information: paralegal.ucsd.edu

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.

Format: Online, Live Online

Currently the Paralegal Certificate Program will be offered in an Online/Live Online Format for the SU21 & FA21 Quarters.

Estimated Cost: $5,195 - $7,150

Cost varies by format: Accelerated or Part-time

Duration: 12 weeks - 24 months

Varies by student, courses taken per quarter, and format: Accelerated or Part-Time

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-534-8152
Email
unexlaw@ucsd.edu

Courses

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All 10 courses are required

Introduction to the Legal SystemLAW-40000

Units: 1.00

$295

Be introduced to sources of American law and the systems by which the law is administered and enforced. Review the origins of law through the study of the U.S. Constitution and its development and ada...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Legal CommunicationsLAW-40015

Units: 2.00

$395

Understand the written and oral communication skills utilized in the law office environment. Also learn the practical skills necessary to begin solving a legal problem. Legal writing skills, client in...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Business LawLAW-40001

Units: 3.00

$495

Review the basic legal practice as it applies to business dealings. Topics include formation and interpretation of business organizations including corporations, exposure to commercial law, general an...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Computer Essentials for the Legal ProfessionalLAW-40070

Units: 3.00

$495

This course is designed to provide you with an overview of computer use in the law office. The benefits of Computer-Assisted Research are reviewed as well as Legal Research Databases. Legal research t...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

Ethics for the Legal ProfessionalLAW-40028

Units: 1.00

$295

Legal professionals are required to know and follow the ethical standards and rules of professional conduct in order to stay current with their profession. You will learn day-to-day application of the...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

Civil Litigation ILAW-40018

Units: 3.00

$495

Receive a thorough overview of the civil litigation process. The first of a two course series, instruction will cover the procedures for preparing a case for trial, from prelawsuit investigation thro...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Civil Litigation IILAW-40021

Units: 3.00

$495

Learn the specific tools a litigation paralegal is required to master. As a follow-up to "Civil Litigation I", in this course you will take a case study and plan it, from filing a complaint to prepari...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Legal Research and AnalysisLAW-40003

Units: 3.00

$495

Learn the fundamental tools and skills involved in legal research and analysis. This course outlines the steps necessary to solve problems in California and Federal law through research. These steps i...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

Evidence LawLAW-40035

Units: 2.00

$395

Be introduced to the study of the law of evidence. The material covered in the class presents practical applications of the rules of evidence, primarily referring to the California Evidence Code and t...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Paralegal Career SuccessLAW-40071

Units: 1.00

$295

Learn the practical skills and experiences that are critical to be an excellent paralegal. The course will center on launching a successful job search campaign. Best practices in career development an...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

6 units required

Administrative Law and ProcedureLAW-40047

Units: 3.00

TBD

This course presents basic concepts of administrative law and procedure for federal and state agencies, with emphasis on the paralegal's role in the administrative process. Students will learn both f...

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Alternative Dispute ResolutionLAW-40384

Units: 3.00

$495

Disputes ranging from interpersonal conflicts to serious legal issues can be quickly and amicably resolved, without the expense and delay of a lawsuit, using the latest techniques of negotiation and d...

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Winter, Summer

Civil Rights LeadershipLAW-40075

Units: 2.00

$395

An introduction to the law of federal civil rights litigation, specifically looking at how federal civil rights cases are litigated and pled in court before administrative bodies, how the Fourth Amend...

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Fall, Spring

Comprehensive Overview of Homeland SecurityLAW-40073

Units: 3.00

$495

This interesting and timely course will introduce students to the vocabulary and important components of Homeland Security. You will learn the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Secur...

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Winter, Summer

Contract LawLAW-40019

Units: 2.00

$395

Contract law permeates the entire field of civil practice. This course provides the student with both the theory of contracts and the practical skills needed in contract law. Instruction presents int...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

Corporate LawLAW-40044

Units: 3.00

$495

Business entities are formed, operated and dissolved. This course identifies the fundamental differences and characteristics of major business organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships...

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Summer

Criminal Law and ProcedureLAW-40049

Units: 3.00

$495

Criminal Law and Procedure is a survey course covering the elements of many typical offenses in California and in other states. Some of these offenses include drug offenses, robbery, rape (and other s...

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Fall, Spring

Discovery PrinciplesLAW-40061

Units: 2.00

$395

This course is designed to provide the paralegal with mastery of the fundamental tools and skills involved in discovery practice in both California and federal courts. You will explore the role of di...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Domestic Relations LawLAW-40006

Units: 3.00

$495

The Family Law Act of 1970 and the Family Code of 1994 have produced major changes in California domestic relations law and practice. This course covers theoretical and practical issues in family law,...

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Winter

Employee and Labor RelationsBUSA-40017

Units: 3.00

$565

Review the practical application of state and federal employment law. Topics include at-will employment and wrongful discharge; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; ADA; employee rights and in...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Estate Planning and AdministrationLAW-40017

Units: 3.00

$495

Do you want to contribute productively to an attorney's practice in estate planning, estate administration, and conservatorships? This course presents the substantive background and problem-spotting ...

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Spring

Immigration LawLAW-40038

Units: 2.00

$395

Students will be introduced to the basic legal principles relating to immigration into the U.S., learning how to analyze immigration options for intending immigrants, and acquiring a working knowledge...

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Fall, Spring

Real Property LawLAW-40022

Units: 3.00

$495

Discover the most commonly encountered problems when preparing and drafting documents for real estate transactions and learn how to solve them. Fundamental principles of real estate law, including own...

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Summer

Tort LawLAW-40037

Units: 2.00

$395

A tort is a civil wrong which is remedied by compensation to the injured party. You will learn what constitutes a tort in this course, including intentional acts and negligent acts such as personal in...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

CLA/CP (Certified Paralegal) Exam Preparation and ReviewLAW-40042

Units: 3.00

TBD

Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) examination preparatory course is designed to review the key topics tested in the two day exam for certification of paralegals. The following areas and sk...

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Andrea Finizio

With the Accelerated Program, I could be ready for a new job in just a few months and start working in my new career.

Andrea Finizio

Advisory Board

Lisa Ashkins, MA, CNE

Realtor

Ascent Real Estate

Luciana Case, CLA

Certified Paralegal

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP

Angelo Corpora, Professor

Coordinator, Legal Studies Programs

Palomar College

Julia Dunlap, Esq.

Attorney, Law Offices of Julia Dunlap

Dir. of Bus., Law, & OSHA Programs, UC San Diego Extension

Clifton Emison, J.D.

Paralegal Supervisor

San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender

Patti Groff, CLM

Office Administrator

Dentons US LLP

Kim Houston

Founder

Colere Staffing Group

Suzie Johnson

Paralegal, Office of General Counsel

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Abigail Parente, MA

Legal Recruiting Manager

Eastridge Workforce Solutions

Stephanie Pfaff, Esq.

Attorney

DLA Piper LLP

Katherine Scheele

Paralegal Manager

Cooley LLP

Shay Trias

Litigation Paralegal

CaseyGerry

Robert Wickman, JD, MMLIS

Library Director

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Katherine Wilkins, ACP, CCP

Executive Director

Dysimmune Diseases Foundation

Andrea Finizio

With the Accelerated Program, I could be ready for a new job in just a few months and start working in my new career.

Andrea Finizio
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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.