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The Paralegal Certificate Course©


The Paralegal Certificate Course© presented by the Center for Continuing Education in association with The Center for Legal Studies has been offered since 1980 at colleges and universities throughout the nation, and covers all relevant topics and skill sets necessary to work as a paralegal.

The Paralegal Certificate Course© includes lectures on how to work as a full-time or part-time paralegal, or how to open your own freelance business. This intensive, nationally acclaimed curriculum is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers.  Course topics will include how to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand.

Students can benefit from the convenience of this online course that is accessible any time of day or night, and from any computer with internet access.  Students may interact with each other through an online forum, and assignments and exams are emailed to the instructor for grading. This course must be completed in two consecutive seven-week sessions.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, students must pass numerous quizzes and successfully complete several legal document writing assignments.  Students who successfully complete both Paralegal I & II will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from University of the Pacific.

Course Descriptions:

The Online Paralegal Certificate Course© is a 90-hour, 14-week, Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) program providing comprehensive training in preparation of working in the challenging and rapidly growing paralegal profession. This program is designed for those who want to learn more about the American legal system, work in a law office as a paralegal, open a freelance paralegal business, litigate their own cases on a pro se basis, assist retained attorneys in litigating their own cases, or prepare themselves to excel during their first year of law school.

Paralegal I (Seven Weeks- 45 Hours):  Provides the foundation for the study of paralegalism.  During this part of the course, we will provide a detailed understanding of the American legal system, legal terminology, and ethics. Instruction will include how to prepare pleadings, discovery, motions, and briefs and will review the rules of evidence and civil procedure.

Paralegal II (Seven Weeks- 45 Hours):   Continues the legal education developed in Paralegal I. This part of the course provides instruction on more advanced paralegal skills including legal research, writing, and proper citation format. Course topics also include how to prepare important legal documents relating to real property, corporations, partnerships, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, and domestic relations. Formal and informal advocacy techniques and principles of appellate procedure will also be covered.

Upcoming Offerings:

New sessions begin every 8 weeks. 


  • Aug. 25 - Oct. 10, 2014
  • Oct. 20 - Dec. 5, 2014
  • Jan. 12 - Feb. 27, 2015
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24, 2015

The Online Paralegal Certificate Course© is completed in 2 consecutive 7-week sessions, and students can begin with any session offered.


Tuition is $1,189 until 12/31/2014. $1,289 effective 1/1/2015. Covers both the Paralegal I and Paralegal II courses. Both courses must be successfully completed to 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.

9 CEUs

Course Code: UPLG 001 / UPLG 002


 Additional Information:

Required book list


The Center for Legal Studies.

Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course


Contact: Matthew Van Donsel

Email: mvandonsel@pacific.edu

Phone: 209.946.2424 or 800.959.5376