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An American Bar Association approved program

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

    Compressed: 3 months

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Compressed Schedule

The Paralegal Certificate Program – Compressed Schedule allows students to complete the entire program during the daytime in one quarter. This program consists of 11 courses and is approved by the American Bar Association.

This is a full-time program with courses that are typically Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm. In addition to class time, students will be responsible for daily reading and assignments.

The total textbook costs are not included in the program fees. UCInetID is included in program fee.

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Prerequisite Courses

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 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Apr 22 Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20
Courses Begin* (week of) Jun 21 Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28
Courses End* (week of) Sep 7 Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6
Parking Permits Expire Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30
Administrative Holidays Jun 28, Jul 5, Sep 6 Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30

*Actual dates may vary by program.


“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 Procedures

  1. Download and fill out Paralegal Compressed Program Application
  2. Email completed application to
  3. Send official transcripts verifying you meet the admission requirements of a completed Associate or Bachelor degree to the Records Office. We only accept electronic and mailed deliveries of official transcripts:
    • Electronic official transcripts (from e-Transcript Delivery Services) should be sent to Official transcripts must come directly from the e-Transcript delivery service. Transcripts emailed directly from students are not secure and will not be accepted as official transcripts.
    • Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
      UCI Continuing Education – ATTN: Records Office
      510 E Peltason Dr.
      Irvine, CA 92697
  4. Once accepted, follow the registration & payment instruction sent via email to enroll and pay for the program. Payment Plan option available

UCI DCE Student Affairs & Student Services will register students into individual courses and send an enrollment confirmation via email.

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Program Fee

The program fee is $8,395 (not including fees and books). There are two options for payment: pay in full at the time of enrollment, or with a payment plan of three equal installments upon enrollment and throughout the quarter. To register with a payment plan, please refer to the Payment Plan Info Sheet below, and contact Julie Pyon at

Payment Plan Info Sheet

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


Textbook costs are not included in the program fees. We strongly recommend students purchase all required textbooks at the retailer of their choice (e.g., 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. 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.

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.