Paralegal Legal Studies



Paralegal Training in Just Two Courses

The pathway to legal change is a team effort. Attorneys rely on paralegals and legal assistants to conduct research, organize client fields, prepare documents for legal transactions, draft pleadings and discovery notices, interview clients and witnesses, and assist at closings in trials. The state of California requires paralegals to complete a certificate of completion of a paralegal program from a nationally-accredited university. Our Paralegal Core and Advanced Paralegal courses meet this requirement and prepare you for a fulfilling career in this important field.

Two Intensive Sessions

You can gain a comprehensive legal foundation in two intensive 14-week sessions.

Completely Online

Both paralegal courses are offered online via the Center of Legal Studies and meet the state of California’s requirements for paralegals.

The Profession

Experience the Legal Process

Paralegals and legal assistants are employed by private practices, in-house legal departments of large companies, and even for the government. As a certified paralegal, you can focus your efforts in a number of ways, including:

  • In a corporate environment, preparing employee contracts, shareholder agreements, stock option plans, and annual reports
  • In litigation, maintaining client documents, conducting research, organizing evidence, and drafting settlement agreements
  • In a private practice, specializing in areas such as personal injury, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, bankruptcy, immigration, family law or real estate


Average Earnings

San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara are listed as one of the regions with the highest demand for paralegals, with an average salary of $67,640 in 2015. –Insider Monkey, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Prospects

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow by 8% by 2024. –Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Program Objective

After completing the Paralegal Core course, you’ll have a strong foundation in a number of legal areas, including:

  • Legal terminology
  • Evidentiary predicate
  • Relevant authority
  • Legal research practice
  • Legal writing and appellate procedure

In the Advanced Paralegal course, you get to choose six of the following areas:

  • Advanced legal research
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Business law and practices
  • Constitutional laws and civil liberties
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal procedure
  • Education law
  • Estate planning
  • Family law
  • Immigration law
  • Intellectual property
  • Mediation
  • Real property law
  • Victim advocacy
  • Water law

Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Paralegal and Advanced Paralegal courses are offered online through the Center for Legal Studies. You must complete both the core and advanced courses to meet the requirements for the California Business and Profession Code §6450.



The Paralegal Core course costs $1,289 and the Advanced Paralegal course costs $1,800.



Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at

From the schedule below, click on a course title to see sections available for enrollment. You may view the full course schedule, or enroll in the course, by clicking the respective button. The course type offerings (classroom, online, blended) are guidelines and subject to change.

Course Schedule

1. Paralegal Core
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
LSTU.X400 Paralegal Core Certificate Course 9.0 CEU Online Online Online Online
2. Paralegal Advanced
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
LSTU.X410 Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course 27.0 CEU Online Online Online Online