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Paralegal

An American Bar Association approved program

  • Average Cost
    $7,060-$8,270*
    *excludes books and other fees
  • Certificate Program
  • Formats
    Remote Live / Online*

    Duration
    Part-time: 12-24 months
    Full-time: 3 months

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    *Includes at least 15 units of synchronous instruction
COVID-19 Update: In light of new guidance recently issued by the State of California, we are shifting all on-campus programs to online or remote delivery. Please check this page often for further updates regarding this program as they become available.

Paralegal Program 45+ Years Practical Training Taught by Attorneys and Paralegals

Obtaining 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 Enroll

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. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

314,499
Annual Job Openings
(2019)
12.5%
Projected Growth
(2019-2029)
$50k
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $82k)

Program Benefits

  • Approximately 300 hours of instruction from practicing attorneys and paralegals from leading law firms, corporations, and nonprofit organizations
  • Evening option courses are held remote online including at least 15 units of synchronous instruction
  • Receive career coaching by an experienced paralegal to develop your resume, assist with your job search, and grow your paralegal professional network in the Legal Career Skills course
  • Compressed Schedule (earn your certificate in one quarter) available remote online including at least 15 units synchronous instruction
  • Choose individual courses or participate in the complete certificate program
Program graduate, Darlene Jones-Greene, talks about being a paralegal today and now in law school.

Legal Research and Analysis ADCEarn an Alternative Digital Credential

Successful completion of a qualifying assignment within select Paralegal courses* offers you the opportunity to earn an Alternative Digital Credential (ADC). Also referred to as a digital badge, an ADC is a virtual record of specific skills and competencies you have acquired and provides a verifiable way for you to share your educational achievements with employers, colleagues and others via social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more about Alternative Digital Credentials and how they can help you demonstrate your commitment to professional development and distinguish yourself in a competitive job market.

*Applicable courses: Legal Research (completed after 3/15/22) and Contracts (completed after 7/1/22). Courses completed prior to indicated dates are not eligible for a badge.

Program graduate, Carrera Mullinax, shares her experience in the program and as a paralegal.
Program Graduate, Josef Acosta, chose the Paralegal Compressed Schedule program to become a more successful law student.

Free Events

Paralegal Career and Program Information Session

Thursday, December 8, 2022
6:30PM - 7:30PM
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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.

Advance Your Legal Education

Through our articulations agreement with Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, graduates of UCI’s Paralegal Certificate Program graduates are eligible for educational benefits and significant tuition reductions in the following programs:

  • Juris Doctor Program (JD)
    Receive a 10% tuition discount on Concord Law School at Purdue University Global’s JD Program.
  • Executive Juris Doctor Program (EJD)
    Transfer up to 10 of your UCI Paralegal Certificate courses, for a total of up to 18 credits and save up to $9,000 on tuition or 25%—plus the equivalent of three-quarters of a year of study in this 3-year program.
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Resources

Student Recruitment: A Professional Paralegal Connection

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Contract Management for Paralegals

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