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Program overview
9 months
Part time
Diploma / certificate
9,000 USD
Start dates
La Jolla
22 June 2020  (English)
21 September 2020  (English)
Programs at University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

Program description

Paralegal

If you have a professional background in law or in a legal field, this program might be right for you. UC San Diego Extension's ABA-Approved Paralegal Certificate combines practical skills with legal theory and analysis. Classes are taught by prominent attorneys and experienced paralegals who will provide you with a balanced perspective and insight into the tasks paralegals perform. You will gain a good understanding of the working relationship between the paralegal and attorney as well as civil litigation. Areas of curriculum include legal research, writing, interviewing and substantive and procedural law.

Admission requirements

Below, please find the minimum requirements for acceptance to this program. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted into the program will have a successful experience.

Language Proficiency Requirement:

You must have one of the following test scores to participate in the ABA-Approved Paralegal Certificate program:

  • TOEFL paper-based: 550
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
  • IELTS 6.5
  • PTE: 64
  • ELI Core Legal: 109 ILE

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Copy of your academic transcripts in English, indicating a strong academic record; include grading key
  • A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take the Paralegal Certificate program
  • Three letters of recommendation from an instructor, employer, co-worker, and/or client

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Program content

What this program includes:

Required courses (22 units)

  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Legal Communications
  • Business Law
  • Computer Essentials for the Legal Professional
  • Ethics for the Legal Professional
  • Civil Litigation I and II
  • Legal Research & Analysis
  • Evidence Law
  • Paralegal Career Success

Legal course electives (6 units)

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Discovery Principles
  • Tort Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedures
  • Corporate Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • and more...

Qualification

Program benefits:

  • Networking events with legal communities and organizations
  • Familiarization& with the U.S. legal system and the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services in public and private sectors
  • Build critical paralegal skills such as investigation, legal research, interviewing& and written and oral communication.
  • Understand the theoretical background to perform the paralegal's tasks in substantive areas of law and legal specialties.
  • Training in areas of procedural law emphasizing the paralegal's role in litigation, mediation and arbitration
  • Learn the general principles of ethical legal practice as defined by the ABA's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and California's Business & Professions code 6450.

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About this institute

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

The University of California San Diego Extension International Programs offers short-term and intensive English language programs, free mover programs, professional certificates, and summer youth programs. Study in sunny Southern California at one of the top universities in the world, and...


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Contact info

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

9500 Gilman Drive MC-0176D
92093 La Jolla California
United States of America

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