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Paralegal Certificate Program

Course Details

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The paralegal field continues to expand with paralegals performing a number of critical functions in law offices, government organizations and as freelance professionals. To facilitate the need for well-trained paralegals, the Professional Development Center is proud to offer the Paralegal Certificate Program. This hands-on program is distinguished by a focus on paralegal-specific, application-based skills that are in high demand by law firms and legal divisions. Gain a comprehensive understanding and thorough knowledge of paralegal responsibilities. Become a valuable asset in any law office.

UT PDC Paralegal Certificate Program photos

In just four months, the Paralegal Certificate Program focuses on developing highly sought after skills utilized daily by paralegals in the workplace. Designed with the working student in mind, and offered in both classroom and online formats, the Paralegal Certificate Program provides the education you need to begin a paralegal career or advance an existing career in the legal field. The high quality of this curriculum, combined with the dynamic study support and expertise of its instructors, all members of the bar association, result in an unparalleled and dynamic educational experience. Manuals and support are available in both Spanish and English.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about UT Austin’s Paralegal Certificate Program, please read the FAQ Page. If you need further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Information Sessions for Prospective Students

For information on the next Paralegal Certificate Program information session, please click here.

Veteran Administration Approved Program

Would you like to take this program online?
Click here for the Online English or here for the Online Spanish program.

Whichever format you decide is best for you, be assured that you will develop the same skills and knowledge no matter what you choose. The certificate you receive makes no distinction between the instructor-led and online program. Those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Paralegal Certificate from Continuing and Innovative Education’s Professional Development Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Graduates of Paralegal Certificate Program

See videos of the Paralegal Certificate Program graduates.

To explore the curriculum offerings, attend an information session, or preview the overall program go to: www.utexasparalegal.com.

There are no registration discounts for this program.

Who Should Attend

This program is for anyone considering a paralegal career, career changers, current paralegals and others who work in law firms or government offices, as well as those considering law school. Many of the skills developed in non-legal fields (such as nursing, accounting, business management, law enforcement, medical and teaching) are transferable to the paralegal profession.


At a minimum, a high school diploma is required to enroll in this program. In addition, participants need both word processing and basic Internet skills. Participants are required to have Internet access and e-mail. The Internet Explorer Web browser is preferred.

Please take the Test Drive at www.testdrive.utexasparalegal.com to preview the online study support and computer compatibility.

Program Completion Requirements

The instructor led Paralegal Certificate Program consists of the following courses:

  • Essential Skills for Paralegals
  • Tort Law
  • Contract Law
  • Texas Practices and Procedures

Students must successfully complete the full Paralegal Certificate Program. Class projects, including library research, exams and a comprehensive final will be administered. Participants must achieve at least 70% cumulatively on the substantives, as well as 70% on the comprehensive final in order to earn the certificate. Since this is a non-credit program, students are not assigned a final grade in the course. Transcripts will be issued upon request with all course work marked either "complete" or "incomplete".

To explore the curriculum in detail please visit: www.utexasparalegal.com.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes as scheduled. In the event that a student must miss a class, the student must notify the instructor and discuss how missed work might be completed. The Paralegal Certificate Program adheres to a strict 70% attendance policy in both the Essential Skills portion of the program and in each of the substantive classes. If a student violates the attendance policy, he or she will be asked to leave the program.

Course Materials

Students are required to pay for their books separately. The online book link is provided below for more information on pricing. Students must purchase these books for the program:

  • Essential Skills for Paralegals Bundle
  • Torts and Personal Injury Law
  • Introduction to the Law of Contracts
  • O’Connor’s Civil Procedures

The books take three to seven business days for delivery, so we recommend students purchase all texts two weeks prior to the class start. You may purchase the books at www.books.utexasparalegal.com.

Payment Information

The UT Austin Professional Development Center’s Paralegal Certificate Program is a non-credit certificate program, and does not qualify for college loans.

Students who choose our Promissory Note incur a $75.00 deferment fee. The Promissory Note may be applicable for the online program on a case by case basis. This information is provided as a service to our participants.

Promissory Note
Students must pay a minimum of $1,150.00, deferment fee included. The down payment minus the deferment fee is applied towards the tuition. Please note, the tuition must be paid in full prior to the end of the program. Attend an Information Session or contact the Program Coordinator for complete details.

Course Location and Student Parking

The Paralegal Certificate Program is located at the School of Law. Students are responsible for purchasing a UT Parking Permit in order to park on campus during the time of the course. Parking at the School of Law is available in San Jacinto Garage, an N+ Permit is required.

Students must purchase the N+ parking permit to have access to the San Jacinto Garage between 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. weeknights and all day on weekends (Friday at 5:45p.m. to Monday at 7:30 a.m.).

Student Parking Permits can be purchased at Parking and Transportation Services located in the Trinity Garage.

Main Office located at Trinity Parking Garage (TRG) 1815 Trinity St. (Map)

School of Law Driving Directions and Parking

Future Term Courses and Enrollments

Most certificate programs are offered three terms per year, spring, summer and fall. Individual workshops are offered at least once each semester. Information about upcoming courses is available when enrollment opens each term. Some certificate programs consist of individual workshops while others are cohort style programs, please contact the coordinator for more information.

  • Spring term: Enrollment opens in early October, workshops or certificate programs are offered January – May
  • Summer term: Enrollment opens in early March, workshops or certificate programs are offered June - August
  • Fall term: Enrollment opens in June, workshops or certificate programs are offered September - December


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