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Designed by paralegals for paralegals and taught by practicing attorneys approved by the University of California, Berkeley, the Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies offers the skills and knowledge you need to become a practicing paralegal. In just six months, you can fulfill California's education requirements for paralegals and take the next step in your career. Two convenient learning formats enable you to continue working while you complete the certificate: Proceed at your own pace with an online curriculum that you can begin anytime, or choose the hybrid format that combines classroom and online study. Learn more at an information session in San Francisco or online.

See Prerequisites for Admission, Curriculum Requirements and How to Register.

Courses

Required CoursesTo begin, enroll in Essential Paralegal Studies I: Foundational Skills LAW X418 and one elective of your choice. You can enroll in subsequent courses as they begin (for the hybrid format) or as you are ready to begin them (for the online format). If you are starting with hybrid courses, choose an elective that begins closest to the start date of Essential Paralegal Studies I. Enrollment is limited.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
LAW X418 Essential Paralegal Studies Part I: Foundational Skills 2 Hybrid, Online Available
LAW X419 Essential Paralegal Studies Part II: Authority, Research and Writing 2 Hybrid, Online Available
Electives
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
LAW X404 Paralegal Business Law 1 Online Available
LAW X407 Paralegal California Procedures 1 Hybrid, Online Available
LAW X405 Paralegal Contract Law 1 Hybrid, Online Available
LAW X406 Paralegal Criminal Law 1 Hybrid, Online Available
LAW X410 Paralegal Family Law 1 Online Available
LAW X409 Paralegal Intellectual Property Law 1 Online Available
LAW X403 Paralegal Tort Law 1 Hybrid, Online Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

The prerequisites for the Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies include a high school diploma or equivalent, access to a computer that can connect to the Internet and basic word-processing and Web-search skills.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum for both hybrid and online certificate comprises 2 required courses and 4 electives for a total of 8 semester units (360 hours of instruction).

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA), and no grade lower than C. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within one year of registering for the certificate.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

Estimated Cost

Hybrid Program

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated total cost of $6,280 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Online Program

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated total cost of $7,000 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to extension-business@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request your award.

Additional Information

The hybrid (classroom-based with an online component) program provides access to the ParaStudent website with extensive resources such as customized texts; hands-on workbooks; a toll-free support line; LexisNexis; Westlaw; and online study tools, including practice exercise questions, lecture notes, quizzes, mock exams, and research and writing labs. Test-drive the ParaStudent website to experience the unparalleled support that UC Berkeley Extension's Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies provides.

Our online program follows the same requirements for completion as the hybrid program, with the added benefit of allowing you to begin and proceed at your own pace. The dynamic educational experience provides a wealth of online study support, including exercises, lecture notes, perspectives, mock exams, and research and writing labs. The result is a course merging the interactive, user-driven aspects of the Internet with the same information that would be obtained in a traditional, instructor-guided classroom setting. Online exams act as benchmarks, and you are only able to proceed through the program once an exam is passed. In addition, you will be required to take a comprehensive final written exam. You may enroll at any time in our online paralegal courses.

Please purchase the materials for the hybrid paralegal program from books.ucberkeleyparalegal.com. For the online paralegal program, please visit onlinebooks.ucberkeleyparalegal.com to purchase your materials.

You can complete the Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies in six months with the hybrid format, allowing you to work full time while attending classes two days per week, or you can opt for the online program and complete your studies in six months from anywhere at your own computer.