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.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course PrefixCourse NameUnits
PLGL 30Introduction to Paralegal/Legal3
PLGL 31ALegal Analysis and Writing3
PLGL 31BAdvanced Legal Analysis and Writing3
PLGL 33ACivil Procedure I3
PLGL 33BCivil Procedure II3
PLGL 35ALaw Office Procedures3
PLGL 35BLaw Office Technology3
PLGL 37Tort Law3
PLGL 38Employment and Ethical Issues in Paralegalism2
PLGL 39Contract Law3
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

Paralegal Program Website 

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

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Paralegal/Legal Assistant as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
PLGL 30 Introduction to Paralegal/Legal 3
Intersession 1
PLGL 37 Tort Law 3
Recommended KIN (Activity) course here 2 1
Semester 2
Recommended Paralegal Elective course here 3
Recommended Paralegal Elective course here 3
Intersession 2
PLGL 39 Contract Law 3
Second Year
Semester 1
PLGL 31A Legal Analysis and Writing 3
PLGL 33A Civil Procedure I 3
PLGL 35A Law Office Procedures 3
AHIS 1 Understanding the Visual Arts(or any AREA C1 Arts General Education course) 1 3
Intersession 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Semester 2
PLGL 31B Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing 3
PLGL 33B Civil Procedure II 3
PLGL 35B Law Office Technology 3
PLGL 38 Employment and Ethical Issues in Paralegalism 2
Intersession 2
Recommended AREA D1 Anthropology & Archeology General Education course here 1 3
Third Year
Semester 1
NF 25 Introduction to Nutrition Science(or any AREA E Lifelong Learning General Education course) 1 3
Recommended AREA B1 Physical Science General Education course here 1 3
Recommended AREA D2 Economics General Education course here 1 3
Recommended Area C2 Humanities General Education course here 1 3
 Total Units67

This degree requires the completion of sixty (60) degree appropriate units. At least 24 units are required from General Education Areas A through E with a grade of "C" or better. See GE Area course requirements.  


 Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

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.
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