Criminal Law Specialty-Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: B2264)

Prepares students to work in in the area of criminal law. Emphasizes the research and preparation of legal documents, court forms and translation of legal documents from English to Spanish or Spanish to English. Reviews advanced legal terminology- bilingual (English/Spanish). Improves skills in English and Spanish, legal word processing, legal translation and interpretation of legal documents from English to Spanish and vice versa. Students who successfully complete the program will gain a bilingual (English/Spanish) entry-level employment as legal secretaries, legal assistants, legal support staff and case assistants in a criminal law office environment, legal services, local or State government agencies. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will work in a legal office setting interacting with supervisors, co-workers, legal professionals, and the public in a variety of ways, including receiving, clarifying, and providing information and direction in both English and Spanish.
  • Student will solve problems posed within the legal office environment by assessing information, including identifying issues, complaints, comparing prices, comparing office systems and software, etc., to determine the best solution/s.
  • Student will interact properly and ethically in a legal environment with people of diverse backgrounds at work and in the community providing quality customer service in both English and Spanish.

Gainful Employment

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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
AJ 151CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW3
BUS 211COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY3
BUS 226INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION: LEGAL3
LEGL 290LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I1-3
Plus courses required for the Legal Office Professional-Bilingual (English/Spanish) Basic certificate:
BUS 73KEYBOARDING SPEED AND ACCURACY I1
BUS 181SPANISH COMPUTER SKILLS FOR INTERPRETATION/TRANSLATION3
BUS 200AMICROSOFT WORD: BEGINNING2.5
BUS 206FILING AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT2.5
BUS 210BUSINESS ENGLISH3
BUS 229LEGAL TERMINOLOGY---BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH)3
LEGL 270COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS2.5
Total Units27.5-29.5