Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Develop Your Legal Expertise

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Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 11 - 14 months
  • Times: Evenings, Flexible
  • Cost: $7,740

Next start date:

September 27, 2018

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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 key 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 explore essential subjects such as litigation, legal research, contracts, technology and professional ethics.

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DESIGNED FOR

Paralegals and those seeking to become paralegals or enter other law-related occupations, including those pursuing Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) certification.

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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
  • 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

Prepare for Certification

This program is approved by the Limited License Legal Technician Board of the Washington State Bar Association and offers a core curriculum that prepares you to become an LLLT.  

Program Goals

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

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

Blended (Classroom + Online)

The majority of courses in this program take place in person in the classroom. Three of the courses are held completely online. See course listings for details. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors.

Program Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Closed Sessions