Paralegal Studies: Bilingual (English/Spanish)

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 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
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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 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 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.