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 Attend
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.
- To provide an educational foundation that assists paralegals in becoming ethical, professional, and effective members of a legal services delivery team
- To prepare students for a career as a paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney in law firms, corporations, and public sector organizations
- Develop and practice oral and written communication skills
- Develop technology skills and a framework for learning new technology skills
- Develop analytical skills through the study of case law and the federal and California legal systems
- Develop and practice critical thinking skills through substantial writing assignments
- Develop practical litigation and transactional skills, and create a framework for understanding the most common areas of legal practice
- Develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of paralegals as well as the rules of professional conduct and their application to legal professionals
- Develop and practice the attitude and skills necessary to succeed as a paralegal in various legal settings
To qualify for admission, you must 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. 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.
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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements
Candidates for the certificate must meet the admissions requirements and complete the Application for Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. 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 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.
Students should take the required courses in the order listed on the grid.
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 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.
Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.
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 UC Irvine Extension (classroom and online formats) require
professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading
comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.