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Interested in a Career as a Paralegal?

The Sacramento area is a great place to become a paralegal! With several schools, a large public-sector need for paralegals and a thriving private sector, Sacramento has it all!

If you're interested in becoming a paralegal, here are some things you should know.


Those interested in becoming a paralegal have three ways in which they can qualify:

A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.

A certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.

Sacramento is home to several 2-year paralegal programs that may meet the requirements of item 1 or 2. Although SVPA maintains a close relationship with our schools, we are not able to endorse or comment on programs.  Before enrolling in any program, we recommend confirming that the program meets the requirements of item 1 or 2 above.  In alphabetical order:

American River College (ABA approved)

Campus, formerly known as MTI College (ABA approved)

UC Davis Extension (WASC accredited) - Paralegal Studies Certificate Program


Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

A Gold Level Sustaining Member

UC Davis Extension’s Paralegal Studies Certificate Program gives you the knowledge, convenience and flexibility to become a certified paralegal in as few as six months. Offered continuously online as well as in the traditional classroom format from June through November each year, our UC-quality curriculum is led by engaging instructors who are leaders in their respective legal careers. The program aligns with the California Business & Professionals Code for paralegal education, ensuring you have the skills to succeed in this high-demand field.


If you’ve got the drive and motivation, UC Davis Extension’s Paralegal Studies Certificate Program can help you become certified as a paralegal in as few as six months. Whether you want to invest a few hours each week or power through in a weekend, the flexible, convenient online program structure lets you learn at the pace that fits your schedule. Or you can enroll in the traditional classroom format, which begins each June. The choice is yours! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us:

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