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  • Starts
  • Duration

    15 -30 Weeks

  • Time

    Days, Evenings, Asynchronous

  • Location
    Paradise Campus | Virtual
  • Mode
    In Person




Paralegals are the life blood of a law firm. Without them, attorneys would not be able to properly function. They support attorneys by keeping a case’s file and deadlines organized. They also research various case issues and draft communications and case-specific documents.

You will study within two content areas: Practicum and the Law. In Practicum sessions, you will learn the skills paralegals need to fulfill their daily duties. The Practicum curriculum will teach you three broad categories of skills: writing skills, legal skills, and law practice skills. During Law sessions you will study actual Nevada and federal law, including statutory, administrative, and common law. You will also learn the rules that apply to litigation. The course will include the law of torts, contracts, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, estate planning, and family law.

This Program is Perfect For

People interested in a challenging career in the legal field. Our most successful graduates exhibit strong communication skills, high attention to detail, and excellent critical thinking skills.

What You Will Learn

By the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the entire litigation process by using real cases and drafting essential documents required in every lawsuit.
  • Apply essential legal terminology to aid in understanding the language of law.
  • Recognize court structure and determine how court decisions are used in legal analysis and writing.
  • Demonstrate skills needed to operate within a law firm environment, including how to manage documents, calendar cases, and file with the court.
  • Distinguish between different types of torts and be able to apply knowledge in a law firm environment.
  • Differentiate types of contracts and apply contract law in a law firm environment.
  • Define how family law is applied in a law firm environment.

Program Details

To earn the Paralegal Certificate you must successfully complete the Paralegal Certificate Program course (PL6131) or the Paralegal Certificate Program-Online course (PL6149).

The Paralegal Certificate is intended for students who are already prepared with the following prerequisite skills:

  • Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills required to create and draft persuasive arguments
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Access to a computer that can connect to the Internet and basic word processing
  • Basic word processing and template manipulation skills
  • Web search skills
  • Ability to dedicate large amounts of time to reading and studying course material

Once you fulfill all certificate program requirements as outlined in the Academic Plan, you may request your certificate.

Ways To Register

  1. Register online with a credit card at Returning students should login with their Continuing Education Student ID number (typically in the format of X00-00-000 or XW0-00-0000) or email address.  New students should click on the Sign Up button or the “create account” link to create an account.
  2. Register by phone with a credit card by calling the Information Desk at (702) 895-3394.  Customer Service hours for the Information Desk are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on university-observed holidays).
  3. Register by fax by submitting a Registration Form and credit card information to (702) 895-4195. Registration forms received outside of regular Customer Services hours listed above will be processed on the next business day.
  4. Register by standard mail by mailing a Registration Form with payment to the address listed below.  Payment must accompany the form and can be any of the following:
    a. Credit Card information listed on the Registration Form
    b. Check or Money Order made out to Board of Regents

    Mail Registration Forms to:
    UNLV Continuing Education
    4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451019
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-1019

  5. Register in person by visiting the Information Desk located at the UNLV Paradise Campus, 851 E. Tropicana Ave., on the corner of Tropicana and Swenson. Customer Service hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on university-observed holidays).

Visit Fees and Related Policies for more information regarding acceptable forms of payment and other related policies.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Compliance

If you are registering and residing outside of Nevada while completing this online program, please read the following SARA disclaimer and disclosures document prior to registering