Paralegal Certificate Program

Application Deadlines:

The deadline to apply for admission to our Fall 2022 programs is August 5 (the deadline for all required interviews is August 2). The deadline to apply for admission to our Spring 2023 programs is December 9 (the deadline for all required interviews is December 6). Email paralegal@sandiego.edu for more information or with questions about future start dates.

We are currently accepting applications for our fully-remote (online) programs. If you are only interested in a campus-based program, please complete this form to join our notification list. 

Prospective applicants should review our digital brochure and the admissions requirements information on the Day Program or Evening Program page, as applicable. Contact the Program Office for the application deadline for your preferred program if not noted above. We are unable to review any application items submitted after the deadline. Applications are processed on a rolling basis – the sooner you apply, the sooner you'll have a decision! 

Application Requirements:

  • Application for AdmissionComplete the application form and pay the nonrefundable $45 application fee online. The Chrome browser seems to work best for paying the fee. You do not need to create a PayPal account to pay the application fee.
  • Personal Statement – A minimum of 200 words presenting your reasons for wanting to become a paralegal (uploaded with your application form).
  • Resume – Include details of current and past work experience and education (uploaded with your application form).
  • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be sent directly to the Program Office via mail or electronic submission. If you completed any of your education outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by a NACES member.
  • Two Professional/Academic Recommendations – Recommenders may write a traditional letter or complete the Paralegal Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be signed and specific to the USD Paralegal Program. Personal/family recommendations are welcome but do not substitute for the above.
  • Personal Interview – A personal interview to discuss program/career goals is required for applicants who do not possess a baccalaureate or associate of arts or science degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. The interview is not required for degree holders and does not impact your admission. Email paralegal@sandiego.edu to schedule. The deadline to interview for the upcoming term is posted in the Program Snapshot
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) – Requirements are detailed under the admissions requirements information on the Day Program or Evening Program page, as applicable.

Application items may be submitted in any order. Items not submitted with the online application and fee may be sent by email or mail (email submission is preferred). Transcripts must be official and sent directly from the institution. Electronic versions are accepted (and preferred) and should be sent to paralegal@sandiego.edu. If your transcripts are sent to another office at USD, such as undergraduate, graduate or law admissions, please email paralegal@sandiego.edu for assistance in locating your order.

NOTE FOR OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS: USD is currently authorized to enroll students in all states except those listed on this webpage, and enrolled students must remain located in an authorized state for the duration of their coursework. Applicants are encouraged to review the Prospective Students not in San Diego County information before beginning the application process. Prospective international applicants should review the admissions requirements information on the Day Program or Evening Program page, as applicable. 

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Send application items to:

USD Paralegal Program
Barcelona 205
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Email: paralegal@sandiego.edu