Paralegal/Legal Assistant, AS

Business Division
Degree S0310

The paralegal program is intended to prepare students for employment as paralegals in both private and public sectors following graduation. The American Bar Association (ABA) By-Laws Section 21.12 uses the terms paralegal and legal assistant interchangeably referring to persons who, although not members of the legal profession, are qualified through education, training, or work experience and are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the direction and supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated substantive legal work. Paralegals/legal assistants must comply with the legal restrictions in the practice of law by nonlawyer. The California Business & Professions Code, Section 6450 et seq, governs paralegals in California.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Have increased confidence in basic paralegal skills.
  • Competently prepare basic legal documents such as motions and discovery, as they would be asked to do under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
  • Have earned LexisAdvance certification for paralegals.
  • Have earned Westlaw certification for paralegals.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

PLGL 30Introduction to Paralegal/Legal 3
PLGL 31ALegal Analysis and Writing 3
PLGL 31BAdvanced Legal Analysis and Writing 3
PLGL 33ACivil Procedure I 3
PLGL 33BCivil Procedure II 3
PLGL 35ALaw Office Procedures 3
PLGL 35BAutomated Law Office Procedures 3
PLGL 37Tort Law 3
PLGL 38Employment and Ethical Issues in Paralegalism 2
PLGL 39Contract Law 3
Choose two courses from the following:6
Landlord-Tenant Law
Property Law
Family Law
Wills and Trusts
Bankruptcy Law
Creditors' Rights
Criminal Law and Procedures
Evidence Law
Comparative Law
Business Law
Business Law - Honors
Advanced Business Law
International Business Law
Total Units35

The Paralegal/Legal Assistant program is approved by the American Bar Association.

American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

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