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Paralegal Certificate Program (Online)

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Course Details

The Online Paralegal Certificate Program trains students for careers as professional paralegals. This internet-based program provides comprehensive support materials designed to help each student successfully complete the program. The program includes traditional texts, online lecture notes, mock exams, writing labs, and reference materials for all fifty states. Instructors are experienced attorneys and work with students through the duration of their studies in the program.

Students will be able to study and earn the Paralegal Certificate completely online from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Any site with Internet access will allow students to take part in the Online Paralegal Program. Additionally, students are given training on and access to Westlaw and Lexis, the two largest legal research tools in the world.

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.

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.

Continuing Education Hours

  • 272 Course Hours
  • 27.2 CEUs

Online Advantages

  • Convenience -- study at home or abroad, day or night
  • Unsurpassed website support
  • Students work at their own pace (students have one year to complete the program)
  • Email access to great instructors who are invested in student success
  • Earn a paralegal certificate from Continuing and Innovative Education’s Professional Development Center at The University of Texas at Austin

Web-based but Instructor led
This program offers the convenience of an entirely web-based curriculum, but has the advantage of offering students one-on-one contact with an instructor. Students move at their own pace through comprehensive materials with layers of educational support including texts, chapter notes, trial tests, mock exams, legal documents templates, and many other features. In addition to all this support, each student will also be assigned an instructor whose role is to help students be successful. The instructor will grade exams, evaluate and provide feedback on assignments, and track student progress. Additionally, by not allowing students to move forward until they’ve mastered the material, instructors are able to ensure student success.

Our curriculum is comprehensive. When students finish our program they are highly trained and ready to go to work. Our curriculum covers topics rarely covered in other paralegal programs.

Graduates of Paralegal Certificate Program

Online participants receive their certificate of completion in the mail. UT PDC offers a graduation in June and December of each year for all its paralegal graduates. Online students wanting to participate in the graduation ceremony instead of receiving their certificate of completion in the mail must notify their Program Coordinator when entering the 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.


The curriculum for the online program comprises of the Essential Skills for Paralegals and two Substantive Courses of your choice: Choose two of four possible course offerings.

  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Organizations

Course Materials

Students are required to pay for their books separately. The online book link is provided to students once they are enrolled in the program. The books vary from course to course, but average cost for all books will be approximately $600. Students are required to purchase the Essential Skills for Paralegals Bundle new from the publisher, no exceptions allowed.

Special note to students from other states: Since this class originates at The University of Texas at Austin many of the forms, labs, and court references refer Texas. However, students attending these classes online from other states are not at a disadvantage. The goals are to teach students form manipulation based on any template and to instruct students in foundational court structure. These skills apply to any jurisdiction. If you let your instructor know or contact the university, we will give you access to the Writing Lab from your state so that you are able to create valid legal documents for your jurisdiction.

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


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

Students must successfully complete the full Online 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".

Financial Assistance

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

Students may choose to enroll in the program using a Promissory Note, this will allow you to split your payment into one deposit and three additional installments.

Students who choose our Promissory Note incur a $75.00 deferment fee which is included in the deposit. This method of payment is provided as a service to our participants.

Promissory Note
Students who pay a deposit of $1,600.00 when registering for the program must sign a promissory note agreeing to make 3 additional payments per month throughout the program, a credit card is required. The entire amount of tuition must be paid within four months. Contact us to learn more about the Promissory Note or call us at 512-471-2354.

Computer Requirements

Your computer should meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:


  • Windows XP (32 bit) or Vista (32 or 64 bit) or Windows 7 (32 bit)
  • Pentium III 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM


  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • G4, G5 or Intel processor
  • 256 MB RAM

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