Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Develop Your Legal Expertise


Program Details

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

Next start date:

September 2018

Get Details

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. 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.

▸ Related Article: Hot Jobs: Paralegal


Paralegals and those seeking to become paralegals or enter other law-related occupations. 

See Requirements

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


  • 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
  • Pre-eminent 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.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate.


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