Legal and Paralegal

Paralegal Certificate

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With USF’s Paralegal Certificate program, you can start (or advance) a rewarding, lucrative career in the legal field — and do it fast.

Designed for paralegals by paralegals, attorneys and judges across the country, our hands-on program focuses on the real-world skill sets in demand by law firms, legal divisions, attorneys, corporations and government agencies.

You will learn legal processes, court structure, interviewing, investigation, document preparation, file maintenance, correspondence, research, writing and analysis, as well as substantive topics of law, such as torts, contracts and civil procedure — taught by an esteemed faculty of judges.

Students will be trained in online legal research with individual subscriptions to Lexis and Westlaw. Additional resources include customized texts and dynamic interactive online support tools such as practice exercise questions, lecture notes, quizzes, writing labs, mock exams and more.

Learn why this program is ideal for you from Richard B. Herman, Esq., one of the leading defense attorneys in the United States and a CNN contributor.

This program has transitioned to a self-paced class using our existing and proven online infrastructure. Each registered participant is assigned to a Judge - instructor.

Why Choose USF’s Paralegal Certificate?

  • Complete the online program at your own pace.
  • Learn from a distinguished faculty of sitting judges.
  • Earn a sought-after credential backed by a major research university.
  • Showcase your skills and stand apart from colleagues and competitors with a USF digital badge for your social media profiles, including LinkedIn.
  • Register on an open-enrollment basis — no application required.

Student Testimonials

The paralegal certificate program at USF exceeded my expectations. I gained skills needed to provide services under the supervision of an attorney in various settings-including courts, law firms, corporate legal departments, non-profit organizations, title companies, real estate firms and government agencies. Shortly after graduation, I made a transition from working in the area of criminal defense in the private sector to criminal prosecution in State government.

- Kristen Marie Bubis


  • Convenient go-at-you-own-pace online format. No trips to campus. This program is designed to fit the lives of busy working professionals.


  • Reduced price of $4,995 (Regular price: $6,995)

USF's Corporate Training and Professional Education Programs are non-academic, not-for-credit programs; therefore federal and state financial aid do not apply.

For all participants seeking financial assistance, USF Federal Credit Union offers a personal line of credit up to $5,000 to be used for educational purposes. Reach out to a loan officer at 813-569-2000 or toll-free (800) 763-2005 for more information. When you are ready to apply please reach to for a documentation request and then apply online through the USF Federal Credit Union portal.


Register for the program today, or receive more information and speak to an advisor!

Or join us in one of our upcoming webinars and learn about this nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Program that focuses on real world skills most in demand by law firms.

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