Paralegal Studies Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Associate in Science
Career/Technical (Major Code: A2517)

The paralegal (legal assistant) works under the supervision of an attorney.  Responsibilities are broad and varied including preparing and interpreting legal documents, interviewing clients, performing legal research, preparing for trial, and organizing and managing documentation.  Paralegals often work with attorneys in specialized areas of law such as immigration, family law, personal injury, contracts, wills, trusts, and probate.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students read case law and prepare a written analysis in English and Spanish analyzing the law to the facts of the case.
Program Requirements
BUS 226INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION: LEGAL3
BUS 229LEGAL TERMINOLOGY---BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH)3
LEGL 255INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL TERMINOLOGY3
LEGL 256INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR BUSINESS3
LEGL 258LEGAL COMMUNICATIONS3
LEGL 259LEGAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY1
LEGL 260LEGAL RESEARCH3
LEGL 261CIVIL LITIGATION I3
LEGL 262IMMIGRATION LAW AND PROCEDURE3
LEGL 270COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS2.5
Select 1-3 units of the following: *1-3
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE II
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE III
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IV
Select 5 units of the following:5
LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT
FAMILY LAW
WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES
MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION, AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
INTERVIEWING AND INVESTIGATION FOR PARALEGALS
COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH (CALR)
CIVIL LITIGATION PROCEDURES
INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Total Units33.5-35.5
Recommended Electives
BUS 36LEGAL OFFICE ASSISTANT---BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH)12
BUS 181SPANISH COMPUTER SKILLS FOR INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION3
BUS 225INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION: GENERAL BUSINESS3
BUS 227INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION: MEDICAL3
BUS 233INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION: IMMIGRATION3
BUS 234ADVANCED INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION: LEGAL3
SPAN 201INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I5

Note: The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney in accordance with California law. A paralegal may not engage in the unauthorized practice of law by accepting cases, giving legal advice, appearing in court or setting fees for clients. To do so would be a crime in the state of California.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.