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Paralegal

An American Bar Association approved program

Practical Training Taught by Attorneys and Paralegals

Over 40 YearsObtaining a paralegal certificate from top-tier University of California, Irvine, reflects your commitment to educational excellence and appreciation for academic challenge. Our American Bar Association-approved program gives you knowledge, career preparation, and a prestigious certificate that will differentiate you in the job market.

Who Should Attend

If you are passionate about working with people, have an appreciation for the law, and enjoy the satisfaction of making a real difference in your work, a paralegal career is the perfect choice for you. Those interested in becoming part of a legal services delivery team working under the supervision of attorneys, considering law school, or wanting to take individual courses to brush up on specific skills, should attend.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for paralegals and legal assistants in the United States.
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279,147
Jobs (2016)
+9%
Projected Growth (2017-2027)
$23.80/hr
Median Earnings

Program Benefits

  • Approximately 300 hours of instruction from practicing attorneys and paralegals from leading law firms, corporations, and nonprofit organizations
  • Build a portfolio of work that showcases your capabilities
  • Evening option on-campus and online courses available
  • Compressed Schedule available (earn your certificate in one quarter)
  • Choose individual courses or participate in the complete certificate program

Hear from graduates and members of the legal community as UCI’s Paralegal Program celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Course Schedule

Classes are held at the UCI Campus (Monday – Friday) or online.
Note: At least 15 units must be completed on campus.

  Part-time Schedule

Evening Online Format

Required courses should be taken in the order listed below. Students must take 15 of the required 30 units in the traditional classroom format to be awarded the paralegal certificate. The certificate program cannot be taken entirely online. Please contact Gina Cho for assistance in developing a personalized course plan

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
SOCECOL X415.41
Fundamentals of the Paralegal Profession (3 units)
SOCECOL X415.41
Campus Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
MGMT X409.19
Contracts (3 units)
MGMT X409.19
Campus   to be scheduled  
MGMT X409.19 OR MGMT X409.66

MGMT X409.19 OR MGMT X409.66
MGMT X409.66
Online: Contracts (3 units)
MGMT X409.66
  Online   to be scheduled
ENGLISH X417.1
Legal Writing (3 units)
ENGLISH X417.1
Campus Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
SOC SCI X473.2
Legal Research (3 units)
SOC SCI X473.2
Campus Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
SOC SCI X473.1
Civil Litigation I (3 units)
SOC SCI X473.1
  Campus   to be scheduled
SOC SCI X473.1 OR SOC SCI X471.66

SOC SCI X473.1 OR SOC SCI X471.66
SOC SCI X471.66
Online: Civil Litigation I (3 units)
SOC SCI X471.66
Online   to be scheduled  
SOC SCI X473.12
Civil Litigation II (3 units)
SOC SCI X473.12
Campus   to be scheduled  
SOC SCI X473.12 OR SOC SCI X472.66

SOC SCI X473.12 OR SOC SCI X472.66
SOC SCI X472.66
Online: Civil Litigation II (3 units)
SOC SCI X472.66
  Online   to be scheduled
SOCECOL X415.96
Ethics for the Paralegal (2 units)
SOCECOL X415.96
  Campus   to be scheduled
SOCECOL X415.96 OR SOCECOL X415.97

SOCECOL X415.96 OR SOCECOL X415.97
SOCECOL X415.97
Online: Ethics for the Paralegal (2 units)
SOCECOL X415.97
Online   to be scheduled  
LAW X401
Technology Practicum for the Paralegal (3 units)
LAW X401
Campus Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
LAW X401.3
Legal Career Skills (1 unit)
LAW X401.3
Campus Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Paralegal
MGMT X418
Business Law (3 units)
MGMT X418
Campus      
MGMT X409
Corporate Law (3 units)
MGMT X409
      to be scheduled
MGMT X409.8
Online: Corporate Law (3 units)
MGMT X409.8
  Online   to be scheduled
SOC SCI X473.3
Criminal Law (3 units)
SOC SCI X473.3
    to be scheduled  
LAW X401.1
Employment Law (3 units)
LAW X401.1
  Campus    
SOCECOL X415.24
Fundamentals of Electronic Discovery and Trial (3 units)
SOCECOL X415.24
  Campus    
SOCECOL X415.91
Paralegal Internship (3 units)
SOCECOL X415.91
Campus Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
SOCECOL X415.62
Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law (3 units)
SOCECOL X415.62
  Campus    
SOCECOL X413.66
Online: Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law (3 units)
SOCECOL X413.66
  to be scheduled    
MGMT X478.2
Real Estate Law (3 units)
MGMT X478.2
       
SOCECOL X415.15
Torts (3 units)
SOCECOL X415.15
    to be scheduled  
SOCECOL X412.66
Online: Torts (3 units)
SOCECOL X412.66
    to be scheduled  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Compressed Schedule (full-time day format)

The Paralegal Certificate Program – Compressed Schedule allows students to complete the entire program during the daytime in one quarter.

Program Fee

An alternate payment plan is available for full-time program students. The program fee may be paid in three equal installments. Certificates will not be issued until all program fees are paid in full. See enrollment form for further details.

Schedule

This full-time program is offered every summer and winter.

  • Summer: June 18 – September 12

Daytime classes are typically Monday through Thursday. In addition to class time, students will be responsible for daily reading and assignments. This is a full time program.

A schedule of courses can be found below and is subject to change.

Paralegal Certificate Program – Compressed Schedule: $7,450

View Summer 2018 Compressed Schedule

Application Procedures

The application process begins with applying for candidacy. You must apply for candidacy by mailing the Paralegal – Compressed Schedule, Application for Candidacy and nonrefundable $125 application fee to the UCI Division of Continuing Education Student Services office. Upon acceptance into the program, we will provide you with access to enrollment.

All applications must be postmarked by 5/18/18.

You must submit official college transcripts verifying you meet the admission requirements no later than the first week of the program. Transcripts from a college or university outside of the U.S. must be translated and evaluated. Please contact the Paralegal Program office to obtain the list of approved evaluation services.

You will be notified by mail of your acceptance into the program (subject to transcript verification).

Download Compressed Schedule Application


Free Events

Paralegal Career and Program Information Session

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Continuing Education 1 (Bldg 8) 2070

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Career Readiness and Networking

As a student in the Paralegal Program, we invite you to benefit from these resources and events designed to help you develop and grow your career.

  • Career Coaching
    Within 90 days after completion of the program, three 45-minute advising sessions with a career advisor are available for graduates to:
    • Develop and practice making professional introductions
    • Practice interview skills and strategies for managing different interview formats
    • Explore developing a professional network from initiating contacts through maintaining effective relationships
  • Paralegal Internship
    This course may be taken during program as one of the required electives
  • Paralegal Alumni Networking Event
    Annual event to network with alumni, instructors, current students, and program staff
  • DCE alumni networking and skill-development events
    Opportunities to meet alumni from outside of the paralegal program to grow your professional network

Changing careers later in life can be challenging. After 23 years in the nursing field, Thomas Chesley completed his Paralegal Certificate Program and got a job a month later doing what he’s always wanted to do.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission, you must have a bachelor's degree or an associate of arts or science degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. An associate of applied science degree, or an occupational or vocational degree does not satisfy the educational requirements. If you completed your undergraduate education at an institution where English was not the primary medium of instruction, you must achieve a minimum total TOEFL score of 80 iBT, with a minimum Writing sub-score of 24 and Speaking sub-score of 26.

Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates for the certificate must meet the admissions requirements and complete the Application for Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. Students must complete a total of 30 units/300 hours of instruction with a grade of “C” or above in all courses. Students must take at least 15 of the required 30 units in the traditional classroom format to be awarded the paralegal certificate. The certificate program cannot be taken entirely online. Certificate candidates must complete the program within five years of taking their first course.

UC Irvine Paralegal Certificates are valid under Business and Professions Code Section 6450. However, paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. After you have completed all requirements, you may request to receive your official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate and returning it to our offices as noted on the form. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

Sheniece Smith shares her journey—becoming a paralegal, how those skills helped her in studying for law school and practicing as an attorney, and how her experience and legal knowledge is helping her give back to the community.

Resources

Paralegal Program – At-a-Glance

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Journey to Corporate Paralegal

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Paralegal Career Attracting More Men, Older Students and Career Changers

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