Paralegal Certificate Program

You don’t have to be an attorney to have a rewarding career in the legal field. When you earn UNLV’s Paralegal Certificate, you will gain key skills to be a productive member of a legal team from your first day on the job.
Paralegal duties cover a broad range of substantive legal work. Paralegals complete legal research and compile relevant information to prepare lawyers for trials, hearings or negotiations. They often interview clients and witnesses, providing written summaries of the outcomes to the attorney. Contracts, correspondence, subpoenas and legal briefs are among the legal documents paralegals draft.
A career as a paralegal may be a good fit for you if you are a good communicator, strong writer, effective researcher, and have a knack for detail.
Earning a UNLV Paralegal Certificate

Start a career as a paralegal right here in Las Vegas or anywhere in the country with UNLV’s intensive and comprehensive paralegal certificate program. This program is available in a classroom format and online.

Core topics covered in the curriculum include:

  • legal terminology
  • evidence and investigation
  • litigation
  • legal research and writing
  • advocacy and motions
  • Nevada procedures
  • tort law
  • contract law
  • Nevada practices and procedures
UNLV Paralegal students master the curriculum material through directed reading, classroom/online participation, online web support and work, and research projects which utilize LexisNexis, Westlaw, and the UNLV law library. 
A History of Success

UNLV’s Paralegal Certification course has been training and producing elite paralegals for more than twenty years.  Because of the success of those completing the UNLV program, it has now been adopted and emulated at prestigious universities around the country, including 

  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Howard University
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC
  • PACE University 
  • Rice University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Miami
  • University of Tennessee

Getting a job

Graduates of this program are generally very successful in obtaining positions, not only in Las Vegas, but also in the Southwest and around the country. As a paralegal, you could find work in a private firm, the legal department of a large corporation, or in a government agency, among other places. While the program will not place you in a job, you will receive information about openings in legal departments and firms that call with position openings.

Information Sessions

To better understand the format of the program and learn about the career in general, plan to attend an information session. You will see the materials and discuss the supporting information, including job potential, financial assistance and the content of the unique UNLV Paralegal website.  Register for an information session.  Information sessions are free and open to the public.

Program requirements

To earn the Paralegal Certificate you must be enrolled in the certificate application course 173PL9999 and successfully complete the Paralegal course plus three substantive classes--Tort Law, Contract Law, and Nevada Practices and Procedures. All requirements are covered by a single fee.

Classroom instruction: $6,549
Online instruction: $7,529

Learning Outcomes: 
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