This nationally recognized certificate program encompasses major legal subjects with an emphasis on the practical applications of the material covered. The program provides relevant coursework for students considering a paralegal career, for practicing paralegals who wish to expand their knowledge and career prospects in this highly competitive field, and those students looking for an introduction to the legal profession.
All candidates completing the program are awarded a certificate that bears the gold seal of the University of California and is signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for paralegals is projected to be among the 10 fastest growing occupations, with an expected growth rate of 22% in the near future [http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm]. As the demand for qualified paralegals grows, keen competition will continue for these well-paying jobs. Paralegals with extensive educational training and a paralegal certificate from an American Bar Association-approved school are expected to have the best opportunities.
The goals of the Paralegal Training Program are to prepare students:
- To function as ethical, effective, and efficient professional paralegals in law firms, businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations;
- To perform a wide variety of legal work under the supervision of attorneys; and
- To adapt easily to the changing role of the paralegal and to the changing needs of the legal community.
The objectives of the Paralegal Training Program are:
- To provide candidates with high quality-ABA approved instruction with an emphasis on substantive and procedural law, legal analysis, and practical paralegal skills from a variety of legal professionals including judges, attorneys, and paralegals;
- To develop in candidates a practical understanding of the role, function, and ethical responsibilities of paralegals in various legal environments;
- To provide candidates and graduates with guidance and tools for successful career planning and professional development in the legal profession.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.