This program is ideal for:
- Individuals interested in becoming part of a legal services delivery team
- Individuals considering law school
- Paralegals looking to brush up on their paralegal skills
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program curriculum will develop and practice:
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Skills to find answers and problem solve through experiential learning.
- Critical thinking skills through writing assignments.
- Litigation, transactional, and technology skills, and create a framework for continued learning in the workforce.
- A framework for the knowledge, skills, and ethical obligations of the paralegal profession.
In order to earn a Certificate in Paralegal Studies, students must complete each of the required six courses (18 units) with a grade of "C" or higher. PLS 7010 Paralegal Internship is optional and not a required course to complete the program.
Each Paralegal Studies Certificate Program course is $900 ($300 per unit).
The total cost of all six required courses is $5,400.
Payment for intended courses must be paid in full at the time of registration, as installment plans are not available.
Federal financial aid is not currently available for the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. However, you can apply for a private student loan.
Cal State LA and the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) are working together to ensure that our state has a well-trained and sustainable workforce. If you have been laid off due to poor economic conditions, company closure, or mass layoff, you may be eligible to receive free career development training.
To find out if you qualify for paid training, contact your local American Job Center (formerly One-Stop Center) to have them determine your eligibility to receive free training. Be sure to mention that you want to take classes through the College of Professional and Global Education at Cal State LA. Visit CareerOneStop to find your nearest American Job Center or call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) for more information.
Important: You must contact your local American Job Center for application and approval first. Free enrollment in our WIB-approved programs is not available without prior written approval.
Approved Programs Offered by Cal State LA:
Certificate in Paralegal Studies
The instructor and participants will actively engage in in-person discussions and lectures, and utilize Canvas (the University's learning management system) on a weekly basis. The instructor and students are required to actively engage in discussions, lectures, and presentations.
The PLS Fall term begins Thursday, August 24, 2023. View/download the program schedule.
Please note the following.
- Each course will meet once a week on a designated weeknight within the program term (Spring and Fall).
- All classes meet in the evening, Monday through Thursday (6:30 to 9:15 p.m.).
- Most students finish the program within two or three semesters by taking 2-3 of the required classes per term.
The Fall 2023 PLS application dates are June 1 through August 15.
Prospective participants in the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program must have a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts or science degree from an accredited post-secondary institution for admission to the program. An associate of applied science degree or an occupational or vocational degree does not satisfy the education requirement. If you do not have a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts or science degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) Program Office for an alternative process.
The program does not permit students to transfer specialty credits from other institutions; nor does the program award legal specialty credit by course challenge, examination, or portfolio.
If you completed your undergraduate education at an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency. International academic transcripts can be translated through www.atanet.org. You must submit an acceptable TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper-based or 79-80 internet-based tests (with a minimum Writing sub-score of 24 and Speaking sub-score of 26) to demonstrate English proficiency.
Both the online application and official transcripts reflecting a conferred (awarded) degree must be received by Cal State LA's College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) Program Office by 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2023 (not postmarked).
The PaGE Program Office will notify applicants with missing transcripts during the application window via email until official transcripts are received. Applications will be evaluated for program admission when both the online application and sealed official transcripts are received. You will be notified by email from the PaGE Program Developer regarding admission.
When submitting official transcripts to the PaGE Program Office, the document needs to be printed on the issuing institution’s official paper/letterhead and sealed by the institution in an envelope. Opened transcripts are considered unofficial and will not be used for admission review. All submitted documents will not be released back to you.
Apply to the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program here.
NOTE: If you encounter technical difficulties applying to this program, please email the College of Professional and Global Education Student Services Office for assistance.
Please mail official transcripts reflecting a conferred degree to:
Cal State LA – Paralegal Studies
5151 State University Drive, Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619
If transcripts are not mailed to the address listed above, our office will require you to request another official copy from your university.
Prospective students who received their degrees from Cal State LA will not need to submit official transcripts but need to indicate their CIN (Campus Identification Number) when applying and creating their PaGE account. Applications cannot be processed if profiles and applications from Cal State LA alumni do not contain CINs.
To ensure receipt of your official transcripts reflecting a conferred degree, our office also accepts electronic transcripts if your institution has this option. Please request for your official transcript to be sent electronically to:
Law firms in need of paralegal interns or employees, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education Programs Office.
For more information about the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education via email or call (323) 343-4915.