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Paralegal - Legal Studies

Explore a variety of legal areas, including the UC Davis Extension Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, which allows you to become a trained paralegal in only six months! Business owners, managers, human resource managers, accountants, paralegals, career-changers and all those seeking to enhance their general understanding of the legal system will benefit from these courses.

Career Outlook

The paralegal industry is expected to grow faster than any other occupation through 2022, with a corresponding rise in salaries:

  • Expected job growth of 19 percent
  • The average salary for paralegals in California was $60,060 in 2013
  • Compensation rates for paralegals went up 6 percent from 2010 to 2012

SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Legal Assistants Paralegal Utilization & Compensation

“I highly recommend this program to any paralegal who wants to increase their competitiveness in the job market and become a more well-rounded professional. The program absolutely gave me a competitive edge and allowed me to command a higher salary than I had as an un-certified legal assistant.”—Rachel Eckhardt

Please Note: This program is offered continuously online, so you can start anytime and complete within six months of enrollment. We also offer this program in the traditional classroom format from June through November each year.

Already a Certified Paralegal?

If you're already a paralegal and looking to specialize in a particular area of law, UC Davis Extension offers a variety of Paralegal Specialist Programs to help you refine your legal experience and boost your career potential. Learn more


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