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Paralegal Studies

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE - We are the ONLY American Bar Association (ABA) approved program on the central coast of California. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10% national employment growth for paralegals and legal assistants in California 2019 to 2029 with salaries ranging from 60K to 80K per year.



This program is perfect for...

...UCSB upper division students and graduates as well as professionals wanting to jump start or advance their career in the legal and paralegal workspace. They don't have to be working for law firms. California law defines a “Paralegal” as a person who either contracts with or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an attorney. Paralegals typically support attorneys in litigation, perform legal research, analyze legal documents and represent clients before a state or federal administrative agency if that representation is permitted. (Note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.)

What you'll learn...

To develop occupational competence through emphasis on practical skills used by paralegals
How to perform substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an attorney
Case planning, legal research and interviewing skills
A career planning direction and great professional development
Fact gathering and retrieving information, drafting and analyzing legal documents

You can enroll in 3 easy steps

OR    Enroll by phone - 805.893.4200 | Mon-Fri - 9am-5pm PST  


Required Courses (21 units) Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
LAW X455.6 - Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies 3 UCSB   UCSB  
LAW X403 - Case Management 2   UCSB   UCSB
LAW X421 - Civil Litigation 3    Ventura    
LAW X402.2 - Ethics for Paralegals 1 UCSB  
LAW X417.3 - Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I 4   UCSB   UCSB
LAW X417.4 - Legal Research, Writing & Analysis II 4 UCSB  
LAW X424 - E-Discovery & Legal Technologies 3       UCSB
LAW X455.9 - Paralegal Studies Capstone Course 1 UCSB UCSB
Elective Options (at least 15 units)* Units F W S Su
BUSAD X408L - Business Law 4 UCSB   UCSB  
LAW X455.7 - Contract Law 3       Ventura
LAW X419 - Criminal Law 3 UCSB      
LAW X422 - Elder Law 3       Ventura
LAW X423 - Employment Law 3     Ventura  
LAW X409 - Juvenile Law 3   Ventura    
LAW X406 - Paralegal Internship (Fall/Spring/Summer) 3 UCSB UCSB UCSB UCSB
LAW X455.3 - Real Estate Law 3       Ventura
LAW X420 - Wills & Trusts I 3   UCSB    
LAW X440 - Family Law 3 UCSB      
LAW X455.4 - Wills & Trusts II 3        

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • These are the courses we expect to offer in the quarters indicated however, this schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • For UCSB students, up to 3 electives courses can be taken as substitutions to fulfill the 15 unit Elective requirements. 
  • All classes will be offered remotely through Winter Quarter 2021.
  • For more information about course starting dates, visit the UCSB Approved Academic Calendar
  • How to Access Your Online Course: One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Transfer credit available!

Have you previously earned academic or professional units at another institution? You can apply for transfer credit towards this certificate!

Transfer credit available for courses in:

Business Law | Criminal Justice | General Law coursework


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Advisory Board

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“I love the law and I want to contribute to society. Thanks to my professors, the paralegal program has been a great experience. The human factor has made law fun to learn and understandable.”

-Mirley Vargas