Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Develop Your Legal Expertise


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 or 17 months
  • Times: Evenings, Flexible
  • Cost Starts At: $8,520

Next start date:

September 25, 2024

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About this Program

Paralegals play a vital role in the legal profession, providing key support services to attorneys in public and private settings. Paralegal training has also grown in importance as many states 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 projected to increase, ensuring consistent employment for new and experienced paralegals.

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.

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

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Explore More: If you have less experience or haven't yet completed a bachelor’s degree, check out our introductory Law Office Fundamentals course.

Video Overview

Hear about the UW Certificate in Paralegal Studies from instructor Judi Maier and how real-life examples from practicing attorneys help prepare students for a career in the field.

Duration: 2:43


  • 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.


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


Projected job growth for paralegals in Washington state (2020-2030)


Average salary for paralegals in Washington state (2023)

Source: O*NET OnLine


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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

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Closed Sessions

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