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Paralegal Certificate Program

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, case studies, 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.

  • Length of Program: The program is approximately four months in length (272 total hours).

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,995 plus books and materials (approximately $600). Tuition also includes access to Westlaw and LexisNexis online legal research systems at no additional cost to students.

  • Program Format: UM’s paralegal certificate campus-based program is offered in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, with courses taught on our Coral Gables campus and in Fort Lauderdale. Day, evening, and weekend schedules are all available, with identical curriculum and exams in each time slot.

  • Financial Assistance Options: Financial assistance and payment plans are available for this program.

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.

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