Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course
Without any prior degrees or legal experience, most students who wish to be paralegals in the state of California will need to take the Paralegal Certificate Course© and the Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course to be in compliance with California Business and Professions Code §6450. If you do have experience and/or a degree, please review the code to find out if you can qualify without taking the Advanced course.
These specialized classes are also available to students who wish to extensively build upon their knowledge of law and paralegal studies with classes in specialized facets of contemporary law. These classes build upon the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course©, which is a prerequisite for the class.
The Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course is for Continuing Education Units only (CEUs) with 15 different topics that cover various specific areas of law. Students must successfully complete six of these 15 topics to earn an Advanced Paralegal Certificate. Each topic must be completed in a seven-week session. Up to three Advanced Paralegal Course topics may be taken during a seven-week online session and topics do not have to be taken in any particular order. These courses are offered online only.
Available Advanced Topics include:
- Advanced Legal Research
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
- Bankruptcy Law
- Business Law
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Education Law
- Estate Planning
- Family Law
- Immigration Law
- Intellectual Property
- Real Property Law
- Victim Advocacy
- Water Law
Online participants should expect to spend at least 45 - 50 hours reading and preparing assignments and tests for each course. Participants who successfully complete six of the topics required of the Advanced Paralegal Course will receive a certificate of completion from University of the Pacific.
New sessions begin every 8 weeks.
- Session 1: January 13- February 28
- Session 2: March 10-April 25
- Session 3: May 5 -June 20
- Session 4: June 30-August 15
- Session 5: August 25-October 10
- Session 6: October 20-December 5
Tuition is $275 per topic. Participants who successfully complete six of the topics required of the Advanced Paralegal Course will receive a certificate of completion from University of the Pacific. Books are an additional cost and can be purchased directly from The Center for Legal Studies.
Contact: Matthew Van Donsel
Phone: 209.946.2424 or 800.959.5376