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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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    *Includes at least 15 units of synchronous instruction

Part-time Schedule

The part-time schedule is a flexible format where students can enroll into one or several required and elective courses each quarter. Courses are held remote online including at least 15 units of synchronous instruction using live online evening meetings. Please contact Gina Cho for assistance in developing a personalized course plan. Students that enroll into the paralegal part-time format must complete the program in the part-time format.

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
SOCECOL X415.41
Fundamentals of the 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
Fundamentals of the Paralegal Profession (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X416.67
Remote Remote to be scheduled to be scheduled
MGMT X409.19
Contracts (3.00 Units)
MGMT X409.19
Remote Remote 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   to be scheduled
ENGLISH X417.1
Legal Writing (3.00 Units)
ENGLISH X417.1
Remote Remote to be scheduled to be scheduled
SOC SCI X473.2
Legal Research (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X473.2
Remote Remote to be scheduled to be scheduled
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
Civil Litigation I (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X471.66
Online Online to be scheduled  
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
Civil Litigation II (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X472.66
Online Online   to be scheduled
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
Ethics for the Paralegal (2.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.97
Online Online to be scheduled  
LAW X401
Technology Practicum for the Paralegal (3.00 Units)
LAW X401
Online Online to be scheduled to be scheduled
LAW X401.3
Legal Career Skills (1.00 Unit)
LAW X401.3
Online Remote to be scheduled to be scheduled

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Paralegal
MGMT X409.8
Corporate Law (3.00 Units)
MGMT X409.8
Online   to be scheduled  
SOCECOL X415.1
Family Law (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X415.1
  Online   to be scheduled
SOCECOL X412.66
Torts (3.00 Units)
SOCECOL X412.66
Online   to be scheduled  
SOC SCI X473.3
Criminal Law (3.00 Units)
SOC SCI X473.3
  Online   to be scheduled

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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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.

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 Application and Official Transcripts
    • Apply Online
      Login or create a new student account to submit the Paralegal Part-time Program Application with the non-refundable $125 application fee.
      Part-Time Application
    • 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.
      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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Each course can cost approximately $655 USD depending up on the course units. Course fees are due at the time of enrollment (pricing subject to change). There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125 USD, to be paid prior to your third class. The entire program costs $7,060 USD. 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. If you are an international student, be sure to order your textbooks well in advance of the start date of your online course to allow time for international shipping. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • Most students complete two courses per quarter and are finished in one year. You can take as many simultaneous courses as you wish, but we recommend starting with two or three to ensure you have the necessary time to devote to the course(s). Typically our students take 2-3 courses per quarter and spend about 10-12 hours per week on coursework (per course). The quarterly start and end dates are available on the Academic Calendar.
  • 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. The declaration of candidacy can be thought of as declaring your major for the certificate program. This lets our student services know that you intend to complete the entire program, and puts you on track for the certificate when you have completed all requirements. For our part-time program we strongly recommend that you complete the declaration of candidacy and pay the applicable fee prior to enrolling into your third class.
  • Where can I find the course schedule? Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • The course schedule can be found above. The listed sequence of courses you will find on our website acts more as a recommendation for students with no experience in the paralegal field. We recommend that students take courses in the order as listed on the grid. So the first quarter would typically consist of the Fundamentals, Contracts and Legal Writing course. Elective courses can be completed at any time. Generally students will want to complete the Technology Practicum and Legal Career Skills course at the end of the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Can I do the paralegal internship course with my current legal employer?
  • For our internship course students typically work 10 hours a week for 10 weeks (100 hours total). These 100 hours must be unpaid in order to earn course credit towards the paralegal program. The internship coordinator will work with the person overseeing your work to confirm the hours and tasks meet the requirements for the paralegal internship elective course.
  • 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.