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.
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 $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
All 10 courses are required
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 adaptation into today's legal systems. Gain practical knowledge of the courts and their impact on everyday life.
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 interviewing techniques and the dynamics of verbal communication are emphasized.
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 and limited partnerships, and general concepts of transactional law and real estate practice. The material presented acquaints students with the logical thought process required to understand and work with the law.
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 through LEXIS is explained and demonstrated. Selected legal software programs and databases are reviewed and discussed.
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 these important standards and rules.
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 through trial. The focus is on procedures within state courts with some discussion of federal court procedure also. The course describes the paralegal's function during the litigation process and ways in which paralegals can expand their level of responsibility.
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 preparing it for trial. Participants will also organize a case for trial, learning how to summarize depositions, prepare joint disposition conference reports and organize information and documents. Additional topics include arbitration, settlement and mediation, as well as the litigation paralegal's role in pre-trial case preparation, trial and post-trial activities.
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 include locating legal authority, reading and comprehending statutes and court decisions, interpreting legal authority and applying it to factual situations, and presenting the results in a memorandum of law.
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 the Federal Rules of Evidence. Instruction highlights areas that are especially relevant to the paralegal practice.
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 and job search strategies will be covered, including resume preparation, self-marketing principles, networking, interviewing skills and career enhancement resources. Topics will also include principles of law firm profitability and the paralegal's role in the profit formula, and current licensing and ethical issues. Instruction includes client interviewing and interpersonal skills.
6 units required
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 formal and informal advocacy techniques, including representing clients before administrative bodies. Topics include administrative delegation of power, rule making, agency discretionary powers, adjudication, and judicial review.
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 dispute resolution. On an increasing basis, private individuals and businesses are using alternative dispute resolution because it is fast, economical and private. This course will provide an overview of the alternative dispute resolution processes, with a special focus on mediation and arbitration.
The rapid growth of bankruptcies, coupled with the revisions of the Bankruptcy Act, demands the availability of effective legal services in this dynamic and ever-expanding area of law. The course covers theoretical and procedural aspects of bankruptcy law and equips the paralegal with the necessary tools for processing a bankruptcy case. Topics include the role of the paralegal in a bankruptcy practice, bankruptcy court, various types of chapter proceedings, adversary proceedings, relief from stay proceedings, contested matters, and other areas relating to bankruptcy law.
Environmental laws govern air and water pollution, managing and cleaning up hazardous and toxic waste, protecting endangered species and sensitive habitats, and the environmental impact that results from various transactions. With this course, you will learn the basic framework of environmental law and gain a broad understanding of the vast array of sources of environmental law through research and application of environmental law concepts in a business or law firm setting. This course outlines the agencies and courts that resolve environmental law matters, as well describes the role of the executive branch in environmental law. Additional topics include local land use and tribal environmental planning concepts, and environmental compliance in land use transactions. This course is designed to provide a practical approach and variety of tools to address environmental regulatory matters.
This course will provide developers, vendors and users of computer systems with basic knowledge of intellectual property law as applied to software and the Internet – including strategies for protection of software and Internet content from piracy, and legal considerations involved in the marketing and sales of software and computer systems. Topics will include copyright, trade secret, trademark and patent law as applied to software and the Internet. Particular focus will be on the eligibility of different types of software related inventions to patent, copyright, and trademark protection.
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 interesting and significant court cases for discussion, emphasizing a practical approach to understanding contracts. Topics include all major areas of contracts, including offer, acceptance, consideration, statute of frauds, third-party beneficiaries, performance, breach of contract and damages.
Business entities are formed, operated and dissolved. This course identifies the fundamental differences and characteristics of major business organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships (general, limited and professional) and corporations. Students will gain an understanding of and ability to apply the basic principles of agency law. By the end of the course, each participant will have prepared an example of corporate formation and minute book including stock ledger and important government filed papers.
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 sex offenses), burglary, murder, arson, and driving under the influence. You will be introduced to concepts in criminal law that will be illustrated with examples from actual cases. In addition, criminal procedure will be covered including: the prohibition against unreasonable searches; interrogation and confession; the right to counsel and confront witnesses; and the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
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 discovery in litigation, as well as understand the statutes governing discovery practice. In this course, you will be provided with a case study from which you will prepare for a deposition, as well as prepare for and respond to requests for admission, interrogatories, and requests for inspection of documents.
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, providing the necessary tools to analyze and resolve these issues. Beginning with commencement proceedings, instruction progresses through preliminary relief, child custody, support, visitation, division of marital property, trial preparation, trial, marital termination agreements, non-marital cohabitation, paternity, and other areas related to the overall concept of domestic relations.
This 10 week course will cover all aspects of employment law and related litigation including basic employment law, discrimination law, wage and hour law, union and collective rights, employee privacy rights, wrongful termination, a brief description of employee benefit provisions, and employee investigations. The course will include some practical exercises illustrating techniques for investigation and other special tasks unique to employment law.
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 skills necessary to enable a paralegal to do just that. Topics include wills, trusts, durable power of attorney, life insurance, joint tenancy, retirement benefits, summary administration, probate administration, trust administration, conservatorships, and applicable tax laws.
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 of the use of immigration forms in an immigration law practice. Topics to be covered include non-immigrant visitor, student and business visa options, immigrant business visa options, family immigration, asylum, criminal aspects of immigration law, and employer sanctions (form I-9 compliance).
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.
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 ownership, sale, leasing, financing, & government regulation are surveyed. Instruction covers practical and procedural tasks involved in California real property law, including drafting and reviewing basic documents such as deeds, promissory notes, deeds of trust, purchase and sale agreements, and residential and commercial leases. Remedies available to secured parties in real estate financing transactions, title insurance, escrow, foreclosure, and landlord-tenant relationships are also covered.
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 injury and what is the appropriate course of action when someone has been harmed.
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 skills are covered: Communications, Judgment and Analytical Ability, Legal Research, Legal Terminology, and Ethics. Additionally, the Substantive Law section of the exam consists of the American Legal System and three specific areas: Civil Litigation; Business Organizations; and Contract Law. The CLA/CP credential has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a designation, which marks a high level of professional achievement.
Developed in partnership with Knobbe Martens Intellectual Property Law, a leading U.S. law firm practicing exclusively in the area of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity, unfair competition and related litigation and licensing. This one-of-a-kind MCLE event will expose the secrets of patent law that every practitioner needs to know.
Patent Law Secrets Exposed will offer networking opportunity during the Thursday evening reception and room for discussion throughout Friday following each seminar session.
Keynote Speaker: Director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, John Cabeca.
Who Should Attend? Intended for patent practitioners in their prime years of practice with three to 10 years of experience and for those seeking sage insight into the practice of patent law.
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.
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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 $60 fee. For more information, please visit the program website at extension.ucsd.edu/paralegal.
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San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender
Latham & Watkins LLP
Dentons US LLP
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San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
UC San Diego Extension
UC San Diego Extension
DLA Piper LLP
Robbins Umeda, LLP
Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax, APC
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