Legal and Paralegal

Paralegal Certificate

A man in a shirt and tie working on his Paralegal certificate.
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.

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 innovative program teaches the knowledge and skills used daily by paralegals and most desired in the workplace. 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 – all 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.

Why Choose USF’s Paralegal Certificate?

  • 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.

Discover why Kristen Marie Bubis chose to earn the USF Paralegal Certificate, the skills she gained and how it’s helped her advance in her career. 


  • Self Pace (Instructor-Supported Program)
    Go-at-your-own-pace online format. This program is designed to fit the lives of busy working professionals, or anyone who desires maximum flexibility. Every student is assigned their own judge (instructor).  As long as participants have an internet connection, this program can be completed anywhere in the world.

     Those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Paralegal Certificate from Corporate Training and Professional Education at the University of South Florida.


  • $4,995

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. 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 today or receive more information for the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate program that focuses on real world skills most in demand by law firms.