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If you're looking to explore an exciting legal career, complement other fields of study, or enhance your existing marketable legal skills, the Online Paralegal Certificate Program at Berkeley College may be the answer!

Adults with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll for this certificate program. There is a short application but no formal acceptance process.

Berkeley College’s Online Paralegal Certificate program focuses on the important competencies that are required in the paralegal field. These include the effective use of technology and legal databases, which paralegals utilize in the legal profession. Throughout the certificate program, students are taught the knowledge and practices, which comprise the foundation of the profession by faculty with specific relevant experience. Essential to the profession is a comprehensive knowledge of legal research techniques as well as the ability to prepare written legal documents. In addition, the certificate program explores specific areas of the law in order to prepare students for a position in this exciting and growing area.

When considering a certificate program, one size doesn't necessarily fit all. The Berkeley College Paralegal Certificate Program offers several options designed to match each student’s individual goals

All options consist of a series of seven-week online courses that align to the legal areas essential to the role of a working paralegal. Through case studies, discussion board participation, legal research assignments and assessments, students are able to prepare for their role in the legal profession through Berkeley College’s Online Paralegal Certificate Program.

Online Paralegal Certificate Options

Core Paralegal Certificate: 18 credits, Cost: $3,995

Courses:

  • LAW1100 Introduction to Law (3 credits)
  • LAW1110 Contract Law (3 credits)
  • LAW2200 Professional Responsibilities and Legal Ethics (3 credits)
  • LAW2210 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
  • LAW2215 Torts (3 credits)
  • LAW2230 Civil Litigation (3 credits) 

Elective Paralegal Certificate: 9 credits, Cost: $2,500

Three Elective Courses (3 credits each)

Advanced Paralegal Certificate: 27 credits, Cost: $6,495

The six Core Courses (18 credits) + three Elective Courses (9 credits)

Legal Electives

  • LAW2225 Real Property Law
  • LAW2235 Immigration Law
  • LAW2240 Family Law
  • LAW2250 Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • LAW2260 Law Firm Communications and Technology
  • LAW3310 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • LAW3320 Constitutional Law
  • LAW3325 Intellectual Property Law
  • LAW3330 Employment Law
  • LAW3335 Business Organizations and Corporations
  • LAW3340 Law Firm Administration and Management
  • LAW4430 Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy
  • JUS2201 Criminal Procedure
  • JUS2205 Criminal Law

Winter Semester 2020 Schedule

  • LAW1100 Introduction to Law (January 6, 2020 – February 22, 2020)
  • LAW1110 Contract Law (January 6, 2020 – February 22, 2020)
  • LAW2200 Professional Responsibilities and Legal Ethics (March 2, 2020 – April 18, 2020)
  • LAW2215 Torts (March 2, 2020 – April 18, 2020)

Spring Semester 2020 Schedule

  • LAW2210 Legal Research and Writing (April 27, 2020 – June 13, 2020)
  • LAW2230 Civil Litigation (April 27, 2020 – June 13, 2020)
  • LAW2225 Real Property Law (June 22, 2020 – August 8, 2020)
  • LAW2235 Immigration Law (June 22, 2020 – August 8, 2020)
  • LAW2240 Family Law (June 22, 2020 – August 8, 2020)