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Paralegal Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Included below are answers to questions we typically receive about the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. Please also see our general FAQ's for answers to questions about registration and other departmental policies.

What legal studies programs does California State University, East Bay Continuing Education offer?
CSUEB offers a Paralegal Studies Certificate Program and MCLE classes that fulfill the required minimum continuing legal education of legal professionals.

Is the Cal State East Bay Paralegal Studies Certificate Program approved by the American Bar Association?
Yes. The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1994. To find out more about the ABA approval process and to find a list of ABA approved programs, visit the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals Web site.

What is Continuing Education at Cal State East Bay?
Continuing Education at California State University, East Bay offers degree and certificate programs as well as stand alone courses and seminars for those who wish to update their professional skills and knowledge to enhance their careers, complete required continuing education hours for specific professional licenses, or explore new career options. The Continuing Education department at Cal State East Bay is located on the Hayward Campus, in the Student Services and Administration Building, Room 1700.

What is the California law regarding paralegals?
The State of California adopted legislation—Business and Professions Code section 6450 et seq.—that defines the titles paralegal and legal assistant, and sets educational criteria and continuing education requirements. Cal State East Bay's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program meets the education requirements of the California law because we are an accredited institution and the program consists of more than 36 quarter units (equivalent to 24 semester units) of paralegal course work. Cal State East Bay offers continuing legal education to meet the continuing education requirements established by the law. For a complete text of the Business and Professions Code section 6450, visit www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html.

Are paralegals in California required to be licensed?
No. Currently, there is no licensing requirement in effect for paralegals in California.

Are paralegals in California required to be certified?
California paralegals are not required to be certified. However, paralegals may choose to become certified by taking the Certified Legal Assistant Exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants or the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Candidates for these exams must meet certain prerequisites before they are eligible to take the exams.

What are typical salaries for paralegals?
Paralegal salary surveys may be obtained from the San Francisco Paralegal Association, Legal Assistant Today Magazine, and The Affiliates.

Are there any special scholarships available for students studying to be paralegals?
The National Federation of Paralegal Association, the San Francisco Paralegal Association, and the Mount Diablo Legal Professional Association offer scholarships for paralegal students.

Where can I find information about the paralegal profession?
There are two national organizations for paralegals: the National Association of Legal Assistants and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Both organizations have extensive information about the paralegal profession on their Web sites.

The local paralegal associations in California are the San Francisco Paralegal Association, the Mount Diablo Legal Professional Association, and the The California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA). The Web sites of these organizations have information about activities and events for paralegals in California.

I am interested in attending law school. Where can I find out more information about law schools?
The American Bar Association Web site contains helpful information for students considering law schools, including a complete list of ABA-approved law schools.

Where can I find out more information about the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)?
The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council. The LSAC Web site includes a schedule of test dates as well as information on how to prepare for the LSAT.