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Paralegal

An American Bar Association approved program

  • Average Cost
    $6,700-$8,075*
    *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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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. 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 on-campus and online courses available
  • 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 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.

Program Career Services

As part of your Paralegal certificate program, you have access to one-on-one career counseling sessions and several career development resources:

  • Job & internship platform
  • 24/7 virtual mock interview platform
  • Online resume review service
  • One-on-one career advising sessions – Schedule a career advising appointment to discuss topics like resume creation, career trajectories, interviewing techniques, job search strategies and LinkedIn profile reviews.

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

Paralegal Program – At-a-Glance

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Paralegal Career Attracting More Men, Older Students and Career Changers

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Success for Paralegals through Leadership

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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.
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.

Journey to Corporate Paralegal

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