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Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Develop Your Legal Expertise

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 or 17 months
  • Times: Evenings, Flexible
  • Cost: $7,740

Next start date:

March 27, 2023

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About this Program


Paralegals play a vital role in the legal profession, providing key support services to attorneys in both public and private practice. Paralegal training has also grown in importance as many states — especially Washington — look to expand access to affordable legal representation, particularly in the areas of housing, family law and health care. As a result, job growth in the field is extremely robust.

In this certificate program, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the U.S. legal system and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work as a paralegal or in a related role. We’ll explore major aspects of court systems, hearings, trials and laws and consider essential subjects such as litigation, legal research, contracts, technology and professional ethics.

▸ Related Article: How to Become a Paralegal

DESIGNED FOR

Paralegals, legal assistants and those seeking to become paralegals or enter other law-related occupations, including those considering law school.

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Video Overview

An instructor and a graduate of the Certificate in Paralegal Studies talk about the educational and professional benefits of this highly respected program.

Duration: 03:32

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Legal theory and reasoning
  • Fundamentals of legal research, writing and analysis, including terminology and resources, interviewing, and documenting
  • All major aspects of litigation, covering areas such as criminal, environmental and family law
  • Essential topics in business law, including contracts, corporations, real estate and banking
  • Preeminent concerns related to professional and ethical responsibility in the legal field

Program Goals

In an effort to ensure the quality and rigor of this certificate program, it aligns with specific program goals.

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For eligibility details, see the Certificate Scholarship page. 

Career Stats

69%

Alumni working in field

14%

Projected job growth for paralegals in Washington state (2018-2028)

$59,900

Average salary for paralegals in Washington state

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Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate program or course for you, reach out to explore your options

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. The number of courses offered each quarter varies depending on how many quarters the program covers. See below for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Closed Sessions

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