Our core Paralegal curriculum is a 14-week intensive, nationally acclaimed program designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are the most in demand:
- Legal terminology, documents, ethics, and the litigation process
- Introduction to the evidentiary predicate, which covers the rules of evidence and civil procedure
- Identification of relevant authority
- Introduction to legal research practice, which covers research techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs
- Legal research practice, which emphasizes shepardizing statutes, case law, and the use of computerized legal research terminal (Research assignments will be discussed and critiqued, and the West Key Number System® will be reviewed thoroughly)
- Legal writing and appellate procedure, which concentrates on the preparation and critique of legal memoranda, including an interoffice memorandum of law and an appellate brief
The subject material for this course is broken down into two seven-week modules: Paralegal I and Paralegal II. The course fee includes both sessions. At the conclusion of Paralegal I, students will be asked to "enroll" for the second session (Paralegal II). Registration for Paralegal II is done through The Center for Legal Studies and not through UCSC Extension.
Students will be required to purchase Westlaw® access for Paralegal 2 directly from The Center for Legal Studies.
Refund/Transfer policy: Students will adhere to UCSC Extension policies and will pay the fees associated with the policies. Please see our Transfer/Refund policy under "Enrollment Information" within this Web site. This course does not qualify for early enrollment discounts, other discounts, gift certificates or comps.