Paralegal Certificate Program Preparing
Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Embark on a new career in the exciting and rewarding legal profession! UC San Diego Extension’s ABA-Approved Paralegal Program offers you
the opportunity to expand your knowledge of legal procedures and increase your chances for promotion. In as little as one quarter (through an
intensive accelerated curriculum) or one year (through a series of quarterly evening and/or day courses), you can complete the training required
to become a paralegal.
UCSD Extension’s Paralegal Program
Our Paralegal Program features a curriculum that combines practical skills with legal theory and analysis. Classes are taught by prominent
attorneys, judges and advanced paralegals to provide students with a balanced perspective and expertise of the tasks that paralegals perform.
Emphasis is placed on the working relationship between the paralegal and the attorney. Course content focuses on civil litigation, criminal
procedure, legal research, writing, inter viewing, substantive and procedural law.
What is a Paralegal? Bar Association’s American “We are extremely pleased
with the high quality and
California Business & Professions Definition of Association for
Code § 6450 defines “Paralegal” competency of UCSD paralegal
as a person who either contracts
Paralegal Paralegal Educators graduates hired by Perkins Coie.
with or is employed by an A paralegal is a person, qualified (AAfPE) The in-depth paralegal training
attorney, law firm, corporation, by education, training or work
AAfPE is a national organization students receive allows them to
governmental agency, or other experience who is employed or
that serves the needs of paralegal make an instant contribution
entity and who performs retained by a lawyer, law office,
educators and institutions
substantial legal work under corporation, governmental agency at a law firm, and to succeed
offering paralegal educational
the direction and supervision of or other entity and who performs in today’s fast-paced legal
programs. Formally established
a practicing licensed attorney. specifically delegated substantive
in 1981, its roots go back to the environment.”
Tasks performed by a paralegal legal work for which a lawyer is
mid 70’s when the American Bar
include, but are not limited to, responsible. Jennifer L. Severson, J.D.
Association sponsored conferences
case planning, development,
for paralegal educators. From Office Administrator
and management; legal
this beginning, much has been Perkins Coie, LLP
research; interviewing clients;
accomplished in the field of
fact gathering and retrieving
information; drafting and American Bar paralegal education. The UC San
Diego program is a member of
analyzing legal documents; Association AAfPE in addition to being ABA
and collecting, compiling, and
utilizing technical information to Approved approved.
make an independent decision American Bar Association (ABA)
and recommendation to the approval has become a benchmark
supervising attorney. Paralegals for many employers who hire
may not provide legal services paralegals. To be considered for
directly to the public except as approval by the ABA, a program
permitted by law. must meet rigorous standards
adopted by the ABA Standing American Bar Association
Committee on Paralegals. Both www.abanet.org
The American UC San Diego accelerated and
part-time programs were granted National Federation of Paralegal
approval by the ABA in February Associations
National Association of
American Association for Paralegal
The intensive Accelerated Program allows students to complete
instruction in as few as 12 weeks. This program is offered three times
a year, in Fall, Spring, and Summer quarters. Classes meet four days a
week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can also expect additional hours
of work per session to complete outside the classroom. Classes are
held at the UC San Diego Extension University City Center.
The Part-time Program allows participants to study for a new career
without disrupting their work schedules. Quarterly courses meet
one night per week. Students pay for courses when they enroll and
need not pay for the entire program in advance. On average, the
part-time program takes 12 to 24 months to complete. Students who
enroll in three to four classes each quarter can satisfy certificate
requirements within one year. Daytime courses are also available to
accelerate completion of the certificate. Classes are held at the UC
San Diego campus and UC San Diego Extension University City Center.
Program Goals & Objectives
UC San Diego Extension upholds the highest quality educational
standards in order to provide students with an in-depth perspective
into the legal field, as well as the essential skills required for success in
the workplace. The goals of the program are to:
• Familiarize students with the legal system and the role of the
paralegal in the delivery of legal services in the public and private
“It’s pretty amazing that after just three months I
understood the steps of the litigation process, I was • Train students in critical paralegal skills such as investigation, legal
research, interviewing, written and oral communications.
confident in my ability to draft correspondence and
• Provide students with the theoretical background to perform the
pleadings, and I had a solid resume to cast into the
paralegal’s tasks in substantive areas of law and legal specialties.
• Educate and train students in areas of procedural law, emphasizing
Monica Thompson the paralegal’s role in litigation, mediation and arbitration.
Law Offices of Bobette Fleishman p
• Teach students about the general principles of ethical legal ractice
Alumnae, Accelerated Program as defined by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee
on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and California’s Business
& Professions Code § 6450 et seq.
“I have found my education at the UCSD Extension
• Encourage students to contribute to the advancement of the
Paralegal Program to be the keystone in preparing
me for my career path as a certified paralegal.
• Provide counseling during the program and to assist students in
From the variety of classes to the knowledgeable
preparing for and obtaining meaningful careers in the paralegal
and hands-on instructors to the CLA/CP exam field.
preparatory course, every aspect of the program
ensures quality. I am proud to be a graduate of
the UCSD Extension Paralegal Program.”
Kristine M. Custodio, C.P.
Butterfield Schechter LLP
Alumnae, Part-time Program
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Admission Requirements Fees
Standards are set by the American Bar Association and are reviewed A $50 nonrefundable fee is required upon submitting the certificate
periodically. Applicants must meet entrance requirements prior to application. Upon acceptance into the Accelerated Program, a deposit
admission. The basic requirements and submissions are as follows: of $200 is to be made. The remaining tuition fee includes all books,
• Bachelor’s degree (for the Accelerated Program); preferred for the course materials, orientation, graduation and certificate. Part-time
Part-time Program students pay on a course-by-course basis. For information on the
refund and withdrawal policy, please visit paralegal.ucsd.edu.
• Minimum of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent of general
education units (for the Part-time Program)
• Application for Candidacy in the Paralegal Training Program
(see next page) Financial Aid
• A nonrefundable $50 processing fee, payable to UC Regents. This UC San Diego Extension will assist in providing you with the best
fee covers the application evaluation, interview, and counseling financial assistance options. You get 100% of the money you borrow
throughout the program and there are no fees. You are welcome to make payments before
completing your program to help lower monthly payments later, but it
• Official transcripts of college work is not necessary. Rates are based on the prime rate as published in The
• Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar Wall Street Journal. For further information, call (858) 534-3400.
with the applicant’s academic and/or professional background
Application Deadlines Internship assistance can be offered and arranged through the
Applications must be submitted six weeks prior to the beginning of program but is not a requirement of the program. Internships provide
the quarter. Students applying for the Accelerated Program are advised students with valuable experience in the delivery of legal services and
to apply early; enrollment in this program is kept small and can fill allow them to apply their skills upon completion of their certificate.
Certificate Program Enrollment The UC San Diego Extension staff conducts individual counseling
Anyone may enroll in any or all of the evening courses; however, sessions and workshops on interviewing techniques, resumé drafting,
those who wish to earn a certificate must formally apply for the sources of employment contacts, and general job assistance. While
certificate before enrolling in their third course. Upon acceptance into UC San Diego Extension cannot guarantee job placement, counselors
the program, candidates have four years from the date of enrollment are available to help students develop career skills, identify personal
(Accelerated Program will finish in 12 weeks) in their first class to strengths and goals, and ultimately translate these elements into
successfully complete all requirements. Certificate enrollees have successful employment opportunities.
priority enrollment in courses.
“Butz Dunn & DeSantis has been very pleased
with our experience in hiring a paralegal whose
paralegal education was completed through the
UCSD Extension Paralegal program. She was hired
to fill in on a temporary basis for someone who was on
maternity leave. As it turned out, her comprehe
nsive paralegal skills and attention to detail were
of such value to the firm, we ultimately hired her
as a full-time employee of the firm.”
Patti L. Groff, CLM
Director of Administration,
Butz Dunn & DeSantis, APC
Past President - Association of Legal Administrators
Course TiTle Crs. No. uNiTs
required Courses (All 10 courses are required)
Introduction to the Legal System LAW-40000 1
luciana B.A. Case, ClA Carole m. leffler
Legal Communications LAW-40015 2
Certified Paralegal Asst. Administrator/Billing
Business Law for the Legal Professional LAW-40001 3
Butz Dunn & DeSantis Coordinator
Computers for the Legal Professional LAW-40027 2 Karla m. Castetter, J.d., mls Farmer Case & Fedor
Ethics for the Legal Professional LAW-40028 1 Professor of Law and suzie Johnson
Civil Litigation I LAW-40018 3 Library Director Paralegal,
Civil Litigation II LAW-40021 3 Thomas Jefferson School of Law Office of General Counsel
Legal Research and Analysis LAW-40003 3 Angelo Corpora San Diego County Regional
Evidence Law LAW-40035 2 Coordinator, Airport Authority
Practice and Procedures LAW-40020 2 Legal Studies Program deborah murphy, ClA
eleCTives (6 units required) Palomar College Administrator,
Administrative Law and Procedure LAW-40047 3 Julia m. dunlap, esq. Legal & Corporate Department
Alternative Dispute Resolution LAW-40384 3 Attorney and Director of Biosite, Incorporated
Bankruptcy Law LAW-40016 3 Legal Education Katherine B. scheele
Intellectual Property Law BUSA-40263 2 UC San Diego Extension Paralegal Manager
Contract Law LAW-40019 2 Robbins Umeda LLP
Computer and Software Law BUSA-40211 1
Patti l. Groff, Clm
Corporate Law LAW-40044 3
Director of Administration Katherine B. Wilkins, ClAs
Criminal Law and Procedure LAW-40049 3
Butz Dunn & DeSantis Certified Paralegal
Domestic Relations Law LAW-40006 3
Employment Law for the Paralegal LAW-40030 3
Estate Planning and Administration LAW-40017 3 Administrative Staff
Immigration Law LAW-40038 2
Real Property Law LAW-40022 3
Julia m. dunlap, esq. vicki l. Krantz
Tort Law LAW-40037 2
Director of Legal Education Managing Director of Business,
(858) 534-8164 Science & Technology
reCommeNded email@example.com UC San Diego Extension
Certified Legal Assistant Exam Preparation
and Review LAW-40042 3 Carla s. Haney, ACP, mBA, Katherine sears
Career Services Manager Marketing Representative,
Paralegal Program Business Programs
Electives: a combination of one-, two-, and three-unit electives that total (858) 534-8152 (858) 534-8178
six units are needed to complete the program. Please see the quarterly UC
San Diego Extension catalog for detailed course offerings and information.
Credit from other University of California paralegal programs is Julia m. dunlap is the Program Director for UC San Diego
accepted. Credit from other schools is accepted only by special Extension’s American Bar Association (ABA) Approved
permission. Nine courses must be taken through UC San Diego Paralegal Certificate Program, established in 1990.
Extension, regardless of whether the students have completed core Additionally, she teaches Legal Communications, Legal
requirements elsewhere. Research and Writing and other electives for UC San Diego.
She brings to the position 15 years of teaching experience
in the paralegal field.
Ms. Dunlap received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English
from the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated
with her Juris Doctor degree from the University of
San Diego School of Law and became an active member
of the California Bar Association in 1993.
In addition to her duties at UC San Diego, she is a solo
practitioner in San Diego specializing in estate planning.
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Intellectual Property Certificate
Discover the principles of intellectual property and its
importance in stimulating and safeguarding innovation
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned professional, you will
benefit from core classes that teach essential and timely
concepts in patents, trademarks, property law and copyrights.
In addition, you can develop your area of expertise through
our customizable program.
visit extension.ucsd.edu/iplaw for complete certificate
Mandatory Continuing Legal
UC San Diego Extension brings the best and brightest minds
together to offer approved continuing education courses. There
are a variety of beneficial topics for legal, business, medical
and administrative professionals.
Fulfill your hourly requirements with an assortment of classes
that suit your interests and schedule. With several classes
offered each quarter that satisfy MCLE requisites, you are free
to choose from one-day seminars or weekly courses.
For more information:
Julia dunlap, esq.
director, legal education Program, uC san diego extension
Locations and Phone Numbers (858) 534-8164
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9600 North Torrey Pines Road San Diego, CA 92122
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