Paralegal Studies

Employment for paralegals is expected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026 which is much faster than average.*

Become a Paralegal in Under a Year

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For almost four decades, UCLA Extension’s Paralegal Training Program has been setting students up for success. Recognized by employers throughout Los Angeles and beyond, our program equips students with a thorough understanding of the functions and ethics needed in this ever-growing profession. Our program qualifies graduates to hold themselves as paralegals under the California Business & Professions Code §6450. It has been designed specifically to prepare students to perform and adapt successfully in an ever-changing legal environment.

ABA-approved program for over 40 years: Our program was one of the first programs to be approved by the American Bar Association as meeting high standards in faculty selection, academics, resources, curriculum, programming, administration, and student services.

Instructors approved by the UCLA School of Law: Real-world experience is one of the cornerstones of our program and training. That’s why all of our instructors are attorneys, judges, paralegals, and other legal professionals, selected from a broad spectrum of the legal community. We pride ourselves on the expertise that our instructors bring. Some of our instructors are also graduates of the program themselves, who after working as paralegals have gone on to careers as practicing attorneys or judges. Our diverse instructor base delivers a unique and relevant perspective on the legal field.

Choose the Program That Works for You

Already mid-career, or have a busy schedule? No problem! There's no need to put your life on hold to switch careers, or expand your career options. 

We offer both 5- and 11-month programs where you'll receive instruction in the following areas: The Paralegal Profession, Common Law, Practical Paralegal Skills, Civil Procedure, and Statutory Law.

5-Month Daytime Program
Monday-Friday, from 9am-12:30pm

This 5-month program offers a more traditional class schedule, designed for those who work nights or have other obligations, but have the mornings available for study. 

11-Month Evening Program
2 evenings a week, from 6:30-10pm

This 11-month program is designed to meet the busy schedules of working professionals.

2 Locations: Westwood or Downtown Los Angeles
The 5- and 11-month programs are both offered in Westwood and Downtown LA, giving you more options to acquire the training you need.

Note: Program offerings, including times and locations, may vary by quarter. 
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*Source: As compared to other occupations, bls.gov.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Application required. Candidates must apply and be accepted before enrolling in the program.

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No degree? No problem.

Apply for our Paralegal Studies (Undergraduate) program

I started shopping around ... and it didn't take long to realize that UCLA Extension's program was the best in Southern California. I was able to go through the five-month program and get to work right away!

Lauren Ruitberg
Paralegal Certificate Graduate, Career Changer
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