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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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. Those with less experience or who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree might consider the introductory course
Law Office Fundamentals.
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.
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
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.
Alumni working in field
Projected job growth for paralegals in Washington state (2020-2030)
Average salary for paralegals in Washington state
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