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The Sonoma State University Paralegal Certificate Program is an academic program for students seeking employment in the legal field and in business. The curriculum blends an understanding of legal theory and practical skills, based on actual paralegal job responsibilities. Classes are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals in the evenings and on weekends.

The guiding principles of the program are two-fold: to offer a curriculum that teaches the practical applications of legal theory and to advance the paralegal profession by offering a rigorous course of study that develops resourceful legal problem solvers.

The program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). It meets the educational requirements for paralegals as stated in the California Business and Professions Code, commencing with section 6450. SSU Extended Education is approved by the State Bar of California as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education.

Students earn the Certificate of Completion with 20 units of required courses and 10 units of electives. The program begins in January, May or September and can be completed in three or four semesters and a summer session. All of the courses in the program are approved by the Political Science or English Departments for upper-division academic credit.

Up to 24 units of the Paralegal Program may be applied as elective credit toward completion of a baccalaureate degree through the Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program at Sonoma State University. This liberal studies program offers an alternative that is designed for working adults. Instruction is organized around one full Saturday a month on campus in conjunction with weekly online seminars and ongoing reading and writing assignments. To learn more about this program, see the Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program Web pages.
If you have questions regarding the Paralegal Program, contact Program Coordinator Joni Boucher at 707/664-2394 or email.


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