Attorney Assistant CertificateAbout the Program
This certificate program is designed to update skills of legal secretaries and paralegals as well as to provide the necessary background for those planning to become attorney assistants or considering law school. Attorney assistants/paralegals are widely recognized as professionals and find positions in law offices, courts, corporations, and bank trust departments.
Admission to the Program
To be accepted into this program, an applicant must have completed ONE of the following:
- Obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from an accredited college.
- Completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter transferable units with grades of “C” or better. (Your coursework must include English Composition (English 1A at a community college or English 100 at a state university). If requesting admission based on education, please submit an official transcript to the Extended University Division.
- Completed high school or the equivalent and been employed for five years in a law office. If requesting admission based on work experience, please submit two letters of reference indicating your duties and length of employment.
If you do not meet one of these admission requirements, you may be eligible to be admitted under Conditional Status and begin taking the Attorney Assistant courses while completing the required 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units or continue working toward the 5 years law office experience. Units must be transferable units from an accredited school.
To apply, complete and submit an application with any required documentation, i.e. transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the $65 application fee. Applications can be submitted by mail or in person at the Extended University office during regular business hours. New students are admitted any quarter. Deadline for application is 30 days prior to the quarter starting. For example if a quarter starts on January 6, the application deadline is December 6.
Complete the five (5) required courses. In addition to the required courses, you must complete enough elective courses to total 36 quarter units total. Each course must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. A “C-” is not a passing grade. It takes approximately two years to complete the program, depending on how many course you enroll in per quarter.
Upon completion of 36 quarter units, you will be awarded a certificate of completion stating that you have \completed the education requirements to satisfy the California Business and Professions code 6450c.