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What will I learn?

Paralegal Studies is a 30 unit certificate program, providing instruction in practical legal skills and substantive law. All coursework is taught at the upper-division level by attorneys and working paralegals.

The primary goal of the program is to educate students for positions as paralegals as a means of improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of legal services. The program started in 1975 and has graduated well over a thousand paralegals.

Career Outlook

Paralegals are employed in private and public interest law firms, corporations, banks, securities firms, government agencies, and regulatory bodies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the paralegal occupation as one of the fastest growing in the country. Recent state legislation requires that persons working as paralegals meet specified educational and continuing education requirements.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Law/Civil Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Communications Skills and Legal Ethics
  • Pleadings and Motions
  • Investigation, Discovery, and Trial Preparation

Which department am I in?

San Francisco State University

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$15,210.00 (11,29,120) per year
Start date

23 August 2021, 24 January 2022


San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree, either from the US or another country, are automatically eligible for admission to the program. Applicants who do not have a baccalaureate degree are required to have a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of prior academic college credit with at least 30 semester (45 quarter) units of academic general education courses.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.