Paralegal Studies

Associate in Science
Career/Technical (Major Code: A2516)

Prepares students for a career as a paralegal or other law-related career with a multicultural international perspective. Trains students with a combination of legal theory, principles, procedures, and practical applications, including a hands-on paralegal internship. Emphasizes research, litigation, trial preparation skills, including familiarity with court documents, interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, and experience with legal software.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students read case law and prepare a written analysis of how the law applies to the facts of the case.
Program Requirements
LEGL 255INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL TERMINOLOGY3
LEGL 258LEGAL COMMUNICATIONS3
LEGL 259LEGAL ASSISTANT: AN INTRODUCTION1
LEGL 260LEGAL RESEARCH3
LEGL 261CIVIL LITIGATION I3
LEGL 268COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH (CALR)2
LEGL 270COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS2.5
Select 2 units of the following: *2
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE II
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE III
LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IV
Select 11 units of the following: 11
LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR BUSINESS
IMMIGRATION LAW AND PROCEDURE
FAMILY LAW
WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES
MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION, AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
INTERVIEWING AND INVESTIGATION FOR PARALEGALS
CIVIL LITIGATION PROCEDURES
INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Select 3 units of the following: 3
CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW
LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE
JUVENILE LAW AND PROCEDURES
BUSINESS LAW/THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
LEGAL ASPECTS OF REAL ESTATE
Total Units33.5
*

60 or more hours of on-the-job work experience internship, paid or volunteer, are required in LEGL 290.

Program faculty and Student Employment Services 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 this requirement. These hours may include summer work. The instructor must approve the work experience for application to the 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, giving legal advice, or appearing in court. 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.