Jacqueline Flores
is a Paralegal at Dana Michael Ritter PC.

Graduate, Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies
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Getting Started

Start with Essential Paralegal Studies I: Foundational Skills LAW X418 and one elective of your choice.


Online Availability

This certificate is available only online.


Duration of Study

3 required courses and 3 electives for a total of 8 semester units (360 hours of instruction). You can complete the curriculum in 6 months to one year.


Estimated Cost

$7,970 - fully online program

Channel your interest in law—whether you're fascinated by criminal law, family law or anything in between—into a new career as a paralegal. Today, paralegals provide invaluable legal services: research, organization of case files, communication with clients and more. With the projected 15-percent growth in employment opportunities by 2026, there is no shortage of the need for qualified, knowledgeable professionals. Become a competitive job applicant with the fully online Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies.


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 comprises 3 required courses and 3 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 2.5 grade point average (GPA), and no grade lower than C. A Certificate of Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 4.0 or higher (effective to those who register beginning July 1, 2017). All coursework must be completed within two years.

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. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated total cost of $7,970 (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 two to three weeks after you request your award.


Additional Information

Note: Completing the curriculum fulfills California's education requirements for paralegals. Need additional information? Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Each online course in this certificate provides students with access to the ParalegalSpace 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 ParalegalSpace website to experience the unparalleled support that UC Berkeley Extension's Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies provides.

As it is fully online, you can begin and proceed with courses at your own pace. 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 at the end of each course. You may enroll at any time in our online paralegal courses.

Please visit onlinebooks.ucberkeleyparalegal.com to purchase your materials.

You can complete the Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies in six to seven months. You can work from anywhere at your own computer.

Statement of Regulatory Compliance

The UC Berkeley Extension online Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies is in compliance with California Business and Professions Code 6450 through 6456 regulatory standards for paralegal education.

Advisory Board

UC Berkeley and Business Community Representatives

Jeff Selbin
Clinical Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Policy Advocacy Clinic
Co-Faculty Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Berkeley Law, University of California

Jan Gruen
Attorney at Law

Jonathan Van Ee
Attorney at Law

Tod Zuckerman
Attorney at Law
UC Berkeley Extension Honored Instructor

Mark Schreier
Student Graduate Representative

UC Berkeley Extension Staff

Ernest Costello
Assistant Dean, Business and STEM Division, UC Berkeley Extension

Tom McGuire
Program Director, Business, Management and Technology, UC Berkeley

Kaya Cohn
Program Coordinator, Business, Management and Technology, UC Berkeley