Paralegal Studies: Bilingual (English/Spanish)

The program below is undergoing modification and the modification will be placed into an addendum upon Chancellor’s Office approval - see your counselor for further information and visit the college website under www.swccd.edu/catalog link for the latest addenda updates.

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: A2519)

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students read case law and prepare a written analysis in English analyzing the law to the facts of the case.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

Students who complete this program will have acquired the necessary analytical tools to successfully secure gainful employment in the field of study.

For more information regarding the data provided for this program and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to visit our SWC Gainful Employment website at: www.swccd.edu/gainfulemployment.

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 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

Note: The certificate of achievement is awarded only to students who possess an associate or higher degree in any major prior to completing the paralegal program.

Note:  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.  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 giving legal advice or appearing in court.  To do so would be a crime in the state of California.