UCLA Extension's Paralegal Studies Training Program (PTP) at UCLA Extension is approved by the American Bar Association and seeks to prepare students to function as ethical, effective, and efficient professional paralegals in law firms, businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations.


The PTP provides training in substantive and procedural law, legal analysis, professional responsibility, legal forms, legal technology, and practical skills needed to work in the public or private sector as a competent and professional paralegal. This program fulfills educational requirements to practice as a paralegal in California. Instructors for the program are approved by the UCLA School of Law, and include practicing judges, attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals. 

Assistance in career counseling and job search opportunities are available to current students and program graduates. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. 

The objectives of the Paralegal Studies Training Program at UCLA Extension 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

This program is organized as a single 36 unit course with multiple modules. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including quizzes, assignments, and group projects in each module. Students must obtain a 73% in the course in order to earn a certificate. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Create a student profile, apply to your certificate program, and pay the candidacy fee
  • Navigate to the International Student Certificate Program Application and submit when all pages are complete
  • Pay international student fees.  You will be prompted to pay the international student fee when you submit your completed application. You will pay the remaining international student fees via the links on the international student fee page.
  • Send required documents to the International Student Office

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8250 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8250 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
  • National Applies to you

    8250 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8250 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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Estimated Total Cost: $9,250

Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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