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Paralegal

An American Bar Association approved program

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

    Duration
    Compressed: 3 months

     Course Schedule

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    *Includes at least 15 units of synchronous instruction

Compressed Schedule

This is a full-time program where students complete the entire paralegal program (11 courses) in one quarter. Courses are held remote online including at least 15 units of synchronous instruction using live online daytime and evening meetings. Students that enroll into the paralegal compressed format must complete the program in the compressed format.

Prerequisite Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
MISC 915.41
Paralegal Compressed Program
MISC 915.41
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Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18 Jul 11
Courses Begin* (week of) Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24 Sep 23
Courses End* (week of) Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9 Dec 9
Administrative Holidays Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2 Nov 11, Nov 28-29, Dec 24-25, Dec 31, Jan 1

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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“The instructors were so passionate about the subject matter and made it come to life. I left class every day feeling like they really cared and had my back. I believe that the letters of recommendation and references that they provided me really helped me land my first paralegal job.” Nikki Silananda
Paralegal Compressed Schedule Program Graduate

Application & Enrollment Procedures

  1. Submit Application and Official Transcripts
    • Apply Online
      Login or create a new student account to submit the Paralegal Compressed Program Application with the non-refundable $125 application fee.
      Compressed Application
       Paralegal Compressed Winter application will be available starting Thursday, September 21, 2023.
    • Submit Transcripts
      Send official transcripts verifying you meet the admission requirements of a completed associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree to the Records Office. Students must have an Associate of Arts or Science degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s 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.

      Compressed Paralegal students that are still in the process of earning their degree can provide an official transcript showing their course work and be issued a conditional acceptance letter. The conditional acceptance letter will allow students to enroll and secure a seat in the paralegal compressed program. An official transcript showing the degree award date must be submitted before the end of the paralegal compressed program to receive a paralegal certificate.
      Submitting Transcripts to the Records Office
  2. Acceptance Notification
    Students will receive an acceptance letter within 1-2 weeks of submitting their application AND official transcript. Once accepted, candidates are eligible to earn a paralegal certificate.
  3. Payment and Enrollment
    Within 1-2 days of receiving the acceptance letter, students will receive an email with instructions on how to register and pay for the program. After payment is received, UCI DCE Student Affairs & Student Services will enroll students into individual courses and send an enrollment confirmation via email.

    A Payment Plan option is available. Once the first payment installment is made successfully, UCI DCE Student Affairs & Student Services will register students into individual courses and send an enrollment confirmation via email. See the Program Fee section below for more information.
Program Graduate, Josef Acosta, chose the Paralegal Compressed Schedule program to become a more successful law student.

Dates & Deadlines

Winter Quarter:

  • Application period: September 21, 2023 – December 11, 2023
    • The compressed full-time program has an intense curriculum. All 11 courses are completed throughout the 3 months of the program. We expect a student to spend over 40 hours a week outside of the scheduled zoom meetings with several courses occurring at once. We do not recommend that a student be working or taking other courses during this program.
  • Payment and Refund deadline: December 18, 2023
    • There is a limited number of seats available in this program. Full registration, including program fee payment, is required to secure a seat. The Compressed Paralegal Application and Official Transcripts do not secure your seat.
    • There will be no refunds after the refund deadline.
  • Students cannot to transfer to the part-time format after starting the full-time, compressed program.
Compressed Winter 2024 Schedule

Program Fee

The program fee is $8,270 not including application fee and books.

There are two options for payment:

  • Pay in full at the time of enrollment.
  • Pay with a payment plan of three equal installments upon enrollment and throughout the quarter. Students that choose the payment plan will pay a non-refundable participation fee of $100. To register with a payment plan, please refer to the Payment Plan Info Sheet below, and contact Student Affairs & Student Services at dce-services@uci.edu.
Payment Plan Info Sheet

Certificates will not be issued until all program fees are paid in full.

All refunds are subject to a $300 non-refundable and non-transferable administrative fee except when the program is cancelled by UCI Division of Continuing Education. In the event the program is cancelled, a full refund of the program fee will be processed. UCI Division of Continuing Education refunds back to the original payer and in the original form of payment. Please allow a minimum of three weeks for processing. Candidacy, parking, late, and drop fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Textbooks

Textbook costs are not included in the program fees. Purchase all required textbooks at least one week before courses begin to ensure availability and allow time for shipping. A list of textbooks will be sent to students after enrollment has been confirmed.

Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

Students must complete a total of 30 units/300 hours of instruction with a grade of “C” or above in all courses. At least 15 units of paralegal coursework must be completed through synchronous instruction. This is accomplished through in-person instruction or remote instruction with live online meetings between instructors and students. 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 digital 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.

Earn 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.

Explore the criteria necessary to earn an ADC in:

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.

*Courses completed prior to indicated dates are not eligible for a badge.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • The paralegal compressed program fee is $8,270 not including application fee and books (pricing subject to change). Program fees are due at the time of enrollment. There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125 USD, to be paid when students submit their application. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. You may order books from a third party vendor such as Amazon.com.
  • Can I be working while taking the Paralegal Compressed program?
  • The Paralegal Compressed program is a daytime program. All 11 courses are taken throughout the 13 weeks of the program. We do not recommend that a student be working in the evenings or weekends during the 3-month compressed program. The compressed program has an intense curriculum where students are taking multiple courses at the same time and will complete a years’ worth of paralegal curriculum within the span of 13 weeks (3 months).
  • When is the Paralegal Compressed program offered?
  • This program is offered in the winter, summer and fall quarters. This program is not offered in the spring quarter. View our Academic Calendar for more information.
  • How do I qualify to become a Paralegal Certificate program candidate?
  • To qualify for admission, students should 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. View information on how to submit official transcripts.
  • What information is needed on my official transcript?
  • For the paralegal admission process official transcripts must show your degree award date (a bachelor’s degree or an associate of arts or science degree). Transcripts without a degree award date cannot be accepted for admission into the paralegal certificate program.

    Paralegal full-time, compressed students that are still in the process of earning their degree can provide an official transcript showing their course work and be issued a conditional acceptance letter. The conditional acceptance letter will allow students to enroll and secure a seat in the paralegal compressed program. An official transcript showing the degree award date should be submitted by the end of the first week of the compressed program.
  • The paralegal online application asks for professional references. Who can I list as a professional reference?
  • The professional references listed on the application can be anyone that you’ve worked with in a professional capacity. The reference would be someone that could provide more information on your professional background (work ethic, critical thinking skills, etc.). Examples of professional references include employers, community service leaders, or previous instructors.
  • I’ve never taken an online class. How does it work?
  • Online courses are instructor led, not self-paced with a set start and end date. There will be weekly graded activities with set due dates and times that you must submit, complete or participate in. Courses have online synchronous meetings. There will be set dates and times associated with these real-time meetings online. Students will most likely spend approximately ten hours a week going over class lectures, assignments and discussion forums.
  • I am an international student am I able to enroll? What are the degree requirements for an international student?
  • UCI Division of Continuing Education cannot issue a Form I-20 to students for the Paralegal Program because the program is offered online and by remote instruction only. U.S. Immigration law says that only one online or distance learning class can count towards a full course of study for an F-1 student during each term or semester. Therefore, the Paralegal Program does not meet the qualifications for F-1 students to maintain F-1 status for the duration of their enrollment.

    As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program if they meet our admission requirements. To qualify for admission, students should 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. International transcripts need to be translated into English and evaluated based on equivalency to the U.S. Bachelor’s Degree or units. View information on how to submit official transcripts.

    If your degree was completed at a university where English was not the primary medium of instruction we will also need a TOEFL score. Students should have a minimum total TOEFL score of 80 iBT, with a minimum Writing sub-score of 24 and Speaking sub-score of 26.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, career services are available to our students and our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable. Our advisors, instructors, and a good number of our students, are current professionals, and are an excellent resource for hiring trends and opportunities.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI. For more information, please see UCI Accreditation.
  • I can’t find the answer to my question.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Legal Programs at LegalPrograms@ce.uci.edu or (949) 824-4598.

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.