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
- Students read case law and prepare a written analysis of how the law applies to the facts of the case.
|LEGL 255||INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL TERMINOLOGY||3|
|LEGL 258||LEGAL COMMUNICATIONS||3|
|LEGL 259||LEGAL ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY||1|
|LEGL 260||LEGAL RESEARCH||3|
|LEGL 261||CIVIL LITIGATION I||3|
|LEGL 268||COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH (CALR)||2|
|LEGL 270||COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS||2.5|
|LEGL 290||LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I||1-3|
|or LEGL 291||LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE II|
|or LEGL 292||LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE III|
|or LEGL 293||LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IV|
|Select 11 units from the following courses:||11|
|LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT|
|INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR BUSINESS|
|IMMIGRATION LAW AND PROCEDURE|
|WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES|
|MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION, AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT|
|INTERVIEWING AND INVESTIGATION FOR PARALEGALS|
|CIVIL LITIGATION PROCEDURES|
|INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY|
|Select 3 units from the following courses:||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|
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.