Undergraduate Paralegal Certificate

Undergraduate Paralegal Certificate

This certificate program prepares students to be a paralegal or legal assistant, equipping them with a basic understanding of the legal system, the ability to research and prepare legal documents, to investigate legal precedent and to manage law office activity and case management.

Program Overview

The Undergraduate Paralegal Certificate meets California’s education requirements to work as a paralegal. This 24-credit certificate in paralegal studies focuses on attaining the knowledge, skills and abilities required to provide support in law offices. Credits earned may go toward the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies degree.

As a student, you will:

  • Enjoy working in a fast-growing industry in private law offices, corporate counsel offices, governmental agencies, contract management departments and more
  • Apply and meet the standards for regular undergraduate admission to Brandman University

Undergraduate 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
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • 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.

Required Courses (24 credits)

LEST 300  Foundations of Law 3
LEST 303  Legal Research & Writing 3
LEST 402  Litigation and Trial Advocacy 3
LEST 416  Contemporary Legal Issues  3
LEST 418  Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology 3
LEST 420  Law Practice Management  3
LEST 462 Ethics in a Legal Environment 3
LEST 324 Interviewing, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution 3


Total Credits 24
Some programs available to California residents only
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