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 from 2019 to 2029 with salaries ranging from 60K to 80K per year.

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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

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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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  Public UCSB Students
Individual Courses $185 - $515 $185 - $515
Estimated Certificate Cost



*Courses are open for individual enrollment. You can enroll in courses without applying for the certificate. UCSB Students can substitute electives in place of Required Electives for this Certificate to bring down costs.

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1 Log into your PaCE Student Account to verify that you have completed all Certificate requirements

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