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Paralegal

An American Bar Association approved program

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

    Duration
    Part-time: 12-24 months

     Course Schedule

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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.

Evening Online Format

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

COVID-19 Update: During this time, the ABA is allowing students to complete the paralegal certificate program with more than 15 units in the online environment.

Part-time Schedule

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 Paralegal Profession (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.41
to be scheduled to be scheduled to be scheduled to be scheduled
SOCECOL X415.41 OR SOCECOL X416.67

SOCECOL X415.41 OR SOCECOL X416.67
SOCECOL X416.67
Online: Fundamentals of the Paralegal Profession (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X416.67
to be scheduled to be scheduled Online Online
MGMT X409.19
Contracts (3.00 Units)
MGMT X409.19
to be scheduled   to be scheduled  
MGMT X409.19 OR MGMT X409.66

MGMT X409.19 OR MGMT X409.66
MGMT X409.66
Online: Contracts (3.00 Units)
MGMT X409.66
  to be scheduled Online Online
ENGLISH X417.1
Legal Writing (3.00 Units)
ENGLISH X417.1
to be scheduled to be scheduled Remote Remote
SOC SCI X473.2
Legal Research (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X473.2
to be scheduled to be scheduled Remote Remote
SOC SCI X473.1
Civil Litigation I (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X473.1
  to be scheduled   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 (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X471.66
to be scheduled to be scheduled Online Online
SOC SCI X473.12
Civil Litigation II (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X473.12
to be scheduled   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 (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X472.66
  to be scheduled Online Online
SOCECOL X415.96
Ethics for the Paralegal (2.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.96
  to be scheduled   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 (2.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.97
to be scheduled to be scheduled Online Online
LAW X401
Technology Practicum for the Paralegal (3.00 Units)
LAW X401
to be scheduled to be scheduled Remote Remote
LAW X401.3
Legal Career Skills (1.00 Unit)
LAW X401.3
to be scheduled to be scheduled Remote Remote

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Paralegal
MGMT X409.8
Online: Corporate Law (3.00 Units)
MGMT X409.8
      Online
SOC SCI X473.3
Criminal Law (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X473.3
       
SOCECOL X415.91
Paralegal Internship (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.91
to be scheduled to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
SOCECOL X415.62
Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.62
       
SOCECOL X412.66
Online: Torts (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X412.66
to be scheduled   Online  

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.

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Application Procedures

Candidates for the certificate must meet the admissions requirements and complete the Paralegal Part-Time application process. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program.

  1. Submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee.
  2. Send official transcripts verifying you meet the admission requirements of a completed Associate or Bachelor degree to the Records Office by the third course in the program. We only accept electronic and mailed deliveries of official transcripts:
    • Electronic official transcripts (from e-Transcript Delivery Services) should be sent to dce-records@uci.edu. 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
  3. 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.

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.

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.

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.