Undergraduate Certificate in Paralegal

This certificate prepares the student with a basic understanding of the legal system and meets the California paralegal requirements. This certificate can also be used toward completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.

Paralegal Studies Program Overview

The Paralegal Studies certificate focuses on the attainment of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a paralegal. Graduates will have the ability to research and prepare legal documents, investigate legal precedent, project-manage law office activity and case management. Paralegals find jobs in private law offices, corporate counsel offices, governmental agencies, contract management departments and other types of departments. Admission is not required for those completing the certificate.

As a student, you will:

  • Complete an overview of a civil trial from the filing of a complaint through the appeals process.
  • Master the foundations of U.S. law, legal research, writing and skill set needed to be a successful paralegal in a law office setting.
  • Learn the key issues surrounding electronic discovery rules and case management systems in both civil and criminal litigation.
  • Examine the code of ethics and ethical obligations encountered in a legal environment.

Who Should Enroll

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants


8-week course

8 courses total

Estimated Cost


$4,000/full program (other fees may apply)

Ways to Learn



3 credits per course

24 academic credits total

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • Completed application
  •  A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Active Military?

Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Program Curriculum

  • LEST 300  Foundations of Law


    LEST 303  Legal Research and Writing


    LEST 402  Litigation and Trial Advocacy


    LEST 416  Contemporary Legal Issues


    LEST 418  Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology


    LEST 420  Law Practice Management


    LEST 462  Ethics in a Legal Environment


    LEST 324  Interviewing, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


    Total Credits


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