UMass Lowell's Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies explores the role of paralegals in both the public and private sector, while offering a unique mix of legal theory and practical skills that will put you on the path to becoming a paralegal. This program is available entirely online to fit your busy life.

The program's robust curriculum covers a wide range of legal studies topics such as legal concepts and vocabulary, the practices and procedures involved in the litigation process, the principles of jurisprudence, and legal issues that influence and intersect with modern business practices.

While the majority of paralegals are employed at law firms, the knowledge and skills that paralegals possess are also applicable to a variety of different work environments. Paralegal jobs are available in such places as corporate legal departments, government agencies, financial institutions, real estate companies, banks, insurance businesses, consulting firms and healthcare providers.

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Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $380
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50
Total for Course** $1,170 ($380 x 3 credits = $1,140 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.

For registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Applicants will be required to have either their official high school transcript, HiSET®, GED® or their most recent college transcript if applicable, sent to UMass Lowell. Undergraduate certificate applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no fee to apply. Upon acceptance, notification will be sent to students.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on certificate program, matriculation and course status. Please contact the Solution Center at 978-934-2000 or TSC@uml.edu to determine eligibility.