Welcome to the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program

Paralegal Certificate - Online Option

The University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program is a comprehensive non-credit program for those seeking to explore a career in the law field. Unlike similar programs at other schools and institutions, our curriculum concentrates on the skills needed to become a professional working paralegal. Through a combination of exercises, examples, knowledge checks, and practice exams, students will gain proficiency in a wide range of core paralegal functions. The program’s instructors are all seasoned professionals—attorneys, judges, and magistrates who have demonstrated both top-notch teaching ability and expertise in their subject matter.

This program is offered through the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami.

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Quick Facts About the Program

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  • Career Outlook

    While the role of the paralegal is sometimes diverse, the truth is that paralegals can perform most of the same duties as a lawyer. Other than giving legal advice and representing a client in court, there are few tasks that the paralegal isn’t equipped to do. Preparing briefs and documents, performing legal research, conducting client and witness interviews, organizing case files, and assisting attorneys in their duties are all part of the paralegal’s rich and varied skill set. Just like lawyers, paralegals can either handle a broad spectrum of legal matters or focus on specialized topics like litigation, family law, corporate law, or immigration. 

    The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment rate for paralegals will grow by 17% between 2012 and 2022, much higher than the average growth rate for all professions combined. With the employment rate for lawyers expected to grow only 10% during that same time frame, it’s clear that the legal profession will be relying heavily on paralegals in the near future. To reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services, more firms will rely on paralegals to perform tasks once handled by lawyers.

  • What Will I Learn?

    The Essential Skills module teaches students about the roles and responsibilities of a paralegal, including information on ethical parameters and conducting legal research. The student may then select three additional modules to continue their training (Click here to view the complete curriculum).

  • How Will I Benefit From UM's Program?

    Our program focuses only on those skills needed to become a professional working paralegal. Graduates will be proficient in the learning outcomes and possess skills specific to key functions of the paralegal industry, which opens the doors to an array of jobs in various legal settings. 

    In addition to learning from respected judges and top-notch lawyers, students are provided with individual access to the Westlaw and LexisNexis online legal research systems. They also have access to the Westlaw and Lexis Labs, which offer instruction to students logged on to the sites.

  • Is This Program Right For Me?

    This program is best suited for individuals seeking to enter the legal field as paralegals, and the classes also provide valuable experience for potential law school applicants. The online format offers the flexibility to learn at your own pace from any location.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    Students have six months to complete the Essential Skills module and three substantive courses while working individually with an instructor.

  • Program Format & Location

    UM’s paralegal program is offered online in both English and Spanish.

  • Tuition & Fees

    $6,995, which includes textbooks. Tuition also includes access to Westlaw and LexisNexis online legal research systems at no additional cost to students.

  • Financial Assistance Options

    Financial assistance and payment plans are available for this program. To learn more, please speak with an enrollment advisor at (305) 284-4000.


  • Program Offered

    The Paralegal Certificate online program is offered at the start of each month. Students can enroll in any month, January through December.

  • What Can I Do After Earning The Certificate?

    Program graduates will be qualified for a variety of jobs in both the public and private sectors. Possible employment settings include law firms of all sizes, corporate in-house legal departments, and government offices at the municipal, county, state, or federal level. Paralegal skills and experience also prove valuable to clerks and administrators in the court system and in certain business or finance jobs where research and analysis play a key role.

  • What Are The Requirements To Earn The Certificate?

    • Education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
    • Experience requirements: Work experience is not required
    • Students should also possess basic computer word processing skills (Microsoft Word or WordPerfect for Windows) and have access to a computer connected to the Internet.

  • Required Courses

    Essential Skills and three substantive courses of the student’s choosing.

  • Professional Badges



    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. Revolutionary learning experiences are created for our students to ensure that we meet the demands of the ever-changing economy. We continuously measure our programs’ core competencies, instruction, quality, standards, and service.

    The continuing education landscape has elevated an era of innovation and disruption and as such, the Office of Professional Advancement has instituted a badging system.  Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a badge, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

    How does it Work?

    Badges are earned by successfully completing a certificate program through the Office of Professional Advancement. * Upon completion, you will receive an email with instructions on how to collect your badge. Once collected, you can display your badge on social media sites like LinkedIn. Any potential employer will be able to click on the badge for a list of specific skills associated with the respective certificate received.

    *Please call us for a list of approved programs.

    For more information about our career and professional development badging, please call us at 305-284-4000.

  • Have Questions?

    Call 305-284-4000 or complete the request for more information. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.


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