"What I learned was invaluable. UM's Paralegal Certificate Program provides a solid foundation of the legal system."

Yarelis Cabrera, Program Graduate

Thank you for your interest in the Paralegal Certificate Program.

Paralegal Certificate Program

The University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program is a comprehensive non-credit program for those exploring a career in the legal field. Unlike similar programs at other schools and institutions, our curriculum concentrates on the skills needed to become a professional working paralegal.

The Paralegal Certificate is best suited for individuals seeking to enter the legal field as paralegals, and our curriculum provides valuable exposure for potential law school applicants. Through a combination of exercises, case studies, knowledge checks, and practice exams, students will gain proficiency in a wide range of core paralegal functions.

The program’s instructors are seasoned professionals—attorneys, judges, and magistrates who have demonstrated top-notch teaching ability and expertise in their subject matter.

Program Benefits

Access Westlaw and LexisNexis online legal research systems for one year

Gain the experience needed to navigate procedural rules for case management and compliance

Understand the fundamental components of fourteen substantive areas of law

Obtain the confidence to apply ethics rules in the legal environment

Learn how to draft legal documents and to construct legal analysis based on law interpretation

Build an ePortfolio that can be shared with current or future employers

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At A Glance

The program offers extensive study support, resources, interactive videos and labs, and learning reinforcement tools to supplement areas of focus.

The Paralegal Certificate Program offers access to WestLaw and LexisNexis for one full year.

Students in the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program have up to six months to complete the Essential Skills module and three substantive courses while working individually with an instructor.

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

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.

The online Paralegal Certificate Program costs $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 are available. To learn more, call 305-284-4000 to speak with an enrollment advisor.

This program is offered through the University of Miami Division of Continuing and International Education’s Office of Professional Advancement. The Division aims to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. With more than 70 credit and non-credit programs available, the Division focuses on creating continuous learning experiences that transform individuals, organizations, and entire communities. For more information, visit dcie.miami.edu and connect with the Division on Facebook and Twitter.