Paralegal Certificate Program

Application Deadlines:

We are accepting applications for admission to our Summer 2021 program, which starts May 25. All Summer 2021 courses will be delivered remotely. The deadline to apply is April 30. Email for more information.

Contact the Program Office for the application deadline for your preferred program. 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 $45 application fee online. The Chrome browser seems to work best for paying the 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 – An in-person 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 and must be completed at least 3 weeks prior to program start date. The interview is optional for degree holders and does not impact your admission. Contact the Program Office to schedule.

Application items may be submitted in any order. Items not submitted with the online application and fee may be sent by email, mail or fax (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 If your transcripts are sent to another office at USD, such as undergraduate, graduate or law admissions, please email for assistance in locating your order.

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

Send application items to:

USD Paralegal Program
Barcelona 204
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Fax: (619) 260-2252