Paralegal is one of the fastest growing careers in the country. The national median earnings for paralegals is over $50,000/year, and freelance paralegal professionals average significantly more across the board.
There are paralegal job openings in every state and in a wide variety of industries, making paralegal skills highly transferable. Law firms, government agencies, corporations, hospitals, the court system and many other employers hire paralegals.
The Paralegal Certificate Course© prepares you for a career in this fast-growing field.
What You Will Learn
The Paralegal Certificate Course is designed to equip you with the knowledge of the American legal system that you need to begin a successful career as a Paralegal. It will also teach you practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.
You will also:
- Develop a working knowledge of legal authority: how it is used and how to locate it through legal research.
- Learn the basics of law office management, substantive law (such as criminal law, domestic relations, real property law, and bankruptcy), and informal and formal advocacy.
Who Should Take the Paralegal Certificate Course?
This is a non-credit professional development certificate designed to prepare you to start a career as a Paralegal.
The only prerequisites for participation in the program are: a high school diploma (or equivalent) and being 18 years of age. There is no application required.
To register for the program, click the Register for Class button below. On the registration page, you can choose a course format and the date you wish to start the program, purchase your books/materials, and pay your registration fee.
Class Schedule and Format: Choose a Format that Works for You
The Paralegal Certificate Course is available in three different formats:
- In the online format, you will complete two seven-week sessions (Paralegal 1 and Paralegal 2). You will complete weekly activities and assignments, averaging 8-12 hours per week of course work. As long as you complete your work by the assigned deadline, you can work at your own pace, and you don't need to be online at a particular time. View full online course syllabus.
- In the online flex format, you can start the program at any time and work at your own pace. Once you register, you will have six months to complete the program.
- The live lecture format covers the same topics as the other formats. You still complete weekly activities and assignments. You will also attend live online lectures (via Zoom) on evenings and weekends. View full live lecture course syllabus.
Online course dates
Paralegal 1 and Paralegal 2 must be completed in consecutive sessions. The start and end dates dates below reflect the date you would start Paralegal 1 and the date you would complete Paralegal 2.
- October 17, 2022 - February 24, 2023
- January 9, 2023 - April 21, 2023
- March 6, 2023 - June 16, 2023
- May 1, 2023 - August 11, 2023
- June 26, 2023 - October 6, 2023
- August 21, 2023 - December 1, 2023
- October 16, 2023 - February 23, 2024
Live lecture course dates: Attend live lectures (via Zoom) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
- Spring 2023: February 6-April 1, 2023
- Summer 2023: TBD
- Fall 2023: TBD
Online Flex course dates: start any time and complete your program within six months.
What is Included
- 90 clock hours of training (for the online and online flex courses) or 84 clock hours of training (for the live lecture course)
- A Certificate of Completion from University of Arizona Continuing & Professional Education upon successful completion of the program. Update April 2021: this Certificate will be available in a downloadable digital format.
- A digital badge upon successful completion of the program
Note: books and materials are not included in registration fee.