Paralegal Studies Certificate Program in Downtown LA

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Program Description:
Cal State LA’s Paralegal Studies program has been American Bar Association (ABA) approved since 1978, making it one of the earliest approved programs in a university setting in California. Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, students can earn a general certificate or a certificate in one of three specialty tracks: Litigation, Corporate Practice or Legal Technology.

(Note: Courses are generally offered once per week in the evenings Monday - Thursday.)

Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:

  • Individuals interested in becoming part of a legal services delivery team
  • Individuals considering law school
  • Individuals looking to brush up on their paralegal skills

Note: Cal State LA Paralegal Studies Certificates are valid under Business and Professions Code section 6450, however, paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Tuition & Fees

Total Program Cost: $5,400
Westlaw Password Fee: $41*
Program cost does not include the price of textbooks, which students must purchase or rent separately.

*The Westlaw fee provides students with quarterly access to the electronic Westlaw database, which may be required for research purposes in all program courses. Only one fee is due per semester regardless of the student’s class load. 


All applicants must submit a program application and official transcripts evidencing compliance with the requirements listed below.

  • Applicants must either have a baccalaureate or associates degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Applicants without a degree must show a successful completion of a minimum of 42 semester units from an accredited institution where at least 18 semester units are general education courses from at least three of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Foreign Language and English
  • Applicants without a degree must also have completed a credit-bearing composition course with a grade of C or better; as well as a credit-bearing oral communication course with a grade of C or better

For applicants who completed their academic requirements at an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction, an acceptable TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper-based; or 79-80 internet-based test, must be submitted to demonstrate English proficiency.

All transcripts from non-US institutions must be evaluated and translated by an agency approved by the Paralegal Studies Program. Please contact the Program Office for details.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program here.

Program Curriculum

To Apply/Application Deadline


Please submit all Official Transcripts to:

Cal State LA – Paralegal Studies
5151 State University Drive, Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619