Individuals who want to:
- Enter the legal field
- Make a career change
- Enhance their legal knowledge
What You'll Learn
- Advanced legal knowledge and skills to perform as a paralegal
- Current laws and court rules
- Academic, ethical and professional standards of the legal profession
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Positions are available in large and small firms, corporations, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:
- Legal Assistant
What You Should Know
UCR Extension's Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies is the only ABA-approved program in the Inland Empire.
Certificate vs. Certification
Upon successful completion of our program, you earn a Professional Certificate, but professional certification is a separate, optional process.
- Only the NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals can certify you.
- Our curriculum meets the required educational criteria to apply for NALA certification.
- For more details about certification and how to apply, visit: www.nala.org
Develop your skills with an optional internship in a law firm, corporate in-house counsel's office, public agency or other legal setting. Gain practical experience and make valuable connections for your career.
“I came to UCR Extension with a legal background from Mexico. During the Paralegal Studies Professional Certificate program, I acquired the necessary knowledge to understand the U.S. legal system. The instructors are highly qualified, and they gave me the confidence to attend law school in the near future.”
Riverside County Office of the District Attorney
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- Possess a bachelor's degree or an associates degree (some vocational associates excluded) from an accredited post-secondary institution OR have completed a minimum of 40 semester units (or 59 quarter units) of college coursework, including a minimum of 18 semester units (or 27 quarter units) of general education courses in at least three different disciplines, such as:
- Social and behavioral sciences
- English literature and composition
- Foreign languages
- Fine arts
- Natural sciences
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Fundamentals of Law for the Legal Professional
Legal Research and Writing I
Legal Research and Writing II
Civil Litigation and Procedures
Ethics for the Legal Professional
“Even with a lawyer glut, the legal profession is struggling to serve everyone in need. Paralegal professionals will absolutely be leading the charge to help close California's access to the justice gap in the coming years. UCR Extension's program is the only ABA-approved program east of downtown L.A., and I'm honored to be part of it.”
K. Steven Blake
Attorney-at-Law, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director
The Governance Partners LLC
Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA
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