An American Bar Association approved program

Practical Training Taught by Attorneys and Paralegals

Obtaining 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 Enroll

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.

Program Benefits

  • Approximately 300 hours of instruction from practicing attorneys and paralegals from leading law firms, corporations, and nonprofit organizations
  • 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
  • Choose individual courses or participate in the complete certificate program

Part-Time or Compressed Schedule

Choose the format that works best for your schedule.

  • Part-Time (evenings)
    Courses are scheduled in the evenings, allowing learners the flexibility to enroll in one or more courses each quarter. Classes are conducted through remote online sessions, incorporating a minimum of 15 units of synchronous instruction using live online evening meetings.
  • Compressed (full-time / daytime)
    Earn your certificate in one quarter in this full-time program. Classes are conducted through remote online sessions, incorporating a minimum of 15 units of synchronous instruction through live online daytime and evening meetings.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission, you 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. 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.

Earn an Alternative Digital Credential

badge sampleSuccessful completion of a qualifying assignment within select 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.

Transfer Credit

Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Program are eligible to transfer credits into a graduate degree from the universities listed below:


Orange County Paralegal Association | OCPA

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Meet Our Graduate

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Approximate Cost $7,060-$8,650
Format Remote Live/Online
Duration 3-24 months
Total Credits 30
WIOA Approved Program

Learners may choose to take either the Part-Time or Compressed Program.

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Part-Time Schedule

Flexible format with evening courses

Course Schedule (Part-Time)

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

Prerequisite Courses
Before enrolling in this certificate program, a person must first complete the prerequisite courses required.
Required Courses
Elective Courses
Choose a minimum of 6 units


Compressed Schedule

Full-time program completed within one quarter.

Summer 2024 enrollment begins April 18.


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