Paralegal Studies Bilingual (English/Spanish)

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

Prepares the Spanish bilingual students for a career as a paralegal or related career with a multicultural/international perspective. Reviews NAFTA regulations and legal issues that impact San Diego, due to our proximity to the Mexican border. Includes a combination of legal theory, principles, procedures, and practical applications, including a hands-on paralegal internship. Emphasizes case research, litigation and trial preparation skills including familiarity with court forms, interviewing clients, and drafting legal documents. Trains students in interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients and in translating common documents such as correspondence, contracts, and wills.

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 ASSISTANT: AN INTRODUCTION1
LEGL 260LEGAL RESEARCH3
LEGL 261CIVIL LITIGATION I3
LEGL 262IMMIGRATION LAW AND PROCEDURE3
LEGL 270COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS2.5
Select 2-4 units of the following: *2-4
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE II
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE III
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IV
SPAN 216SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS II **5
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 Units39.5-41.5
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
LEGL 257INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND LEGAL COMMUNICATION: SPANISH3
SPAN 216SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS II5
SPAN 201INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I5
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60 or more hours of on-the-job work experience internship, paid or volunteer, are required in the LEGL 290LEGL 293 series. Program faculty and Student Employment assist students with placements, which can consist of as few as four hours per week for students working full-time. Students who are presently employed in a law office may use their employment to fulfill their requirement. These hours must be spread over a minimum of two semesters and can include summer work. The instructor must approve the work experience for application to the program.

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Native speakers from a Spanish-speaking country who have finished high school or the equivalent in that country will have satisfied the Spanish language requirement. Students who have completed high school in the United States and have completed the fourth-year level of Spanish will have satisfied the Spanish language requirement.

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.