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.  Live online and/or asynchronous class options available.


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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.)


Admissions Policy To qualify for admission to the program and receive the paralegal certificate upon completion, students must have completed a minimum of 55 quarter units (37 semester) in general education courses taken as part of a bachelor’s degree objective at an accredited college or university. General education courses are defined as non-vocational in nature and are designed to give students a broad-based exposure to such subjects as: mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, foreign language, and arts and humanities. It is mandatory that students have successfully completed a college-level course in English reading and composition. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree satisfy the admissions criteria. 

The Application for Candidacy must be completed if you plan to earn this professional certificate. 

Courses for this program are open for individual enrollment. You do not need to complete the Application for Candidacy if you plan to complete individual courses.

However, if you plan to complete the entire program we ask that you submit the Application for Candidacy along with the non-refundable fee of $150 by the time you enroll in your third course.

To earn the Paralegal Certificate, you must fill out the Application for Candidacy.


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

What you'll learn


  Public UCSB Students
Individual Courses $250-650 $188-488
Estimated Certificate Cost $6630 $4973
*Courses are open for individual enrollment. You can enroll in courses without applying for the certificate. UCSB Students can substitute selected electives in place of Required Electives for this Certificate to bring down costs.   *25% Discount Available for Current UCSB Students! 

Transfer credit available!

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

Proposed transfer courses taken at other schools must be comparable in content and length to the UCSB Paralegal Program equivalent and must have been taken from an accredited college or university within the last five years. A maximum of two courses (8 quarter units) may be substituted if the program is not approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). A maximum of three courses (12 quarter units) may be substituted if the program is ABA approved.

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