New Courses and Specializations Starting Soon at UW What Can You Learn in Just 10 Weeks?
New Courses and Specializations Starting Soon at UW What Can You Learn in Just 10 Weeks?

Is it the right time to learn something new? We think so, too. That's why UW Professional & Continuing Education is bringing you several brand-new programs starting this fall and winter. Prepare for a new career or specialize in your field. With a dozen new areas to study, you’ve got options to brighten your life and work.


  • Why: Strengthen your resume with law office skills and a UW credential
  • Good for: Career changers or entry-level job candidates
  • Starts: September 2023
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Where: Online

Learn what it’s like to work in a law office — and confidently add your University of Washington education to your resume. Anyone with a high-school diploma and at least a year of any kind of work experience can register for our new course, Law Office Fundamentals.

Working legal professionals will teach you how to read and prepare legal documents. You’ll also learn to support attorneys and legal departments in many areas of civil and criminal law, such as consultations, negotiations, mediation, litigation, arbitration and more.

“Employers are looking to fill a range of entry-level legal roles and want to hire people who understand how a law office works,” says Shelly Langley, owner of Langley Legal Recruiting in Seattle and an advisory board member for the UW Certificate in Paralegal Studies. "Learning the basics in this UW course could help you get your foot in the door and start a legal career with great growth potential."

Take away expert insights about ethical standards and legal specialties and align your career goals with pathways into the legal industry.

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  • Why: Know how to stay strong when cybercrime hits home
  • Good for: Professionals who safeguard sensitive information
  • Starts: October 2023
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Where: Online

422 million. That's how many individuals were impacted last year by malicious U.S. cyberattacks, such as phishing, supply-chain attacks and ransomware, according to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center.

When cyberattacks against sensitive information occur — and they will — only cyber-resilient companies can mitigate the impacts of data breaches and carry on with business.

In our new course, Cyber Resilience, you’ll learn to use your network and systems expertise to enable cyber resiliency for your organization. Learn to spot the latest threats and attacks against data networks and sensitive information and understand cyber policies developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.

Plus, learn from our veteran cybersecurity experts about risk management, ethics, and how to develop a “breach-ready” workforce for your organization.

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  • Why: Because you’re ready to flex some new skills at work
  • Good for: Anyone who wants to learn new competencies directly from experts
  • Starts: Fall 2023 and Winter 2024
  • Duration: 9 to 12 weeks
  • Where: Online

Want to stand out in your profession? Now’s the time to explore our collection of UW specializations.

You’ll find ten new ways to level-up your skills in high-demand areas — with less of a time commitment than earning a certificate or a degree. Plus, you’ll earn a UW credential valued by hiring managers across the job market.

As you learn firsthand from world-class instructors at the University of Washington, you’ll network with fellow students and gain specialized skills in marketing and communication, business, education and tech. For example:

You can apply now for select UW specializations. Explore the collection to see what’s available — and check back for even more specializations later this year.

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For more announcements from UW Professional & Continuing Education, visit the News & Features section of our website. To learn more about our certificates, specializations, degrees and courses, explore your options or contact us.

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