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DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

This program does not prepare students for law school or the practice of law. “No person shall practice law in this state unless he/she is an active member of the State Bar.” Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code, Section 6125.

A.A. Degree

The degree and certificate are designed to train students to assist lawyers in private firms, legal departments of companies, or governmental agencies. The American Bar Association (ABA) required general education aids in transfer of the paralegal student to a university. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the student will have the ability to apply theories and principles of law, prepare or interpret legal documents, draft pleadings including court forms, prepare for litigation, apply legal ethics, case management techniques, and skills for client interaction, and research the law, including on-line legal research. Competency will be assessed regularly by examinations and projects.

Paralegal Studies Major Requirements
Entrance to the program is gained by successful completion of Law 11, Introduction to Legal Research.

Required courses:
Paralegal Studies 1: Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Law 4: Legal Environment of Business or Law 5: Contracts, Sales and Commercial Paper
Law 11: Introduction to Legal Research
Law 16: Civil Procedure
Law 17: Legal Research and Writing 
Law 19: Law and Computers 
Law 20: Paralegal Seminar

4 courses from:
Law 6: Agency, Corporations and Partnerships
Law 12: Probate Procedures 
Law 13: Family Law 
Law 14: Tort Law
Law 15: Civil and Criminal Evidence 
Law 18: Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
Law 95abcd (3 or 4 units): Cooperative Work Experience Education 
Real Estate 12A: Legal Aspects of Real Estate

Total Units: 31-33

In-Residence Requirements: A total of 15 units of Legal Specialty courses including Law 11, 17, 20, and six additional units selected from Law 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, or 19 must be taken at El Camino College for the degree.


 

Certificate of Achievement

A certificate will be awarded to those possessing an Associate, Bachelor or higher degree or who will be completing a degree concurrently with the certificate requirements. Students may earn this certificate by completing the courses with a B average or better.  Entrance to the program is gained by successful completion of Law 11, Introduction to Legal Research.

Paralegal Studies Certificate Requirements

Required courses:
Paralegal Studies 1: Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Law 4: Legal Environment of Business or Law 5: Contracts, Sales and Commercial Paper
Law 11: Introduction to Legal Research
Law 16: Civil Procedure
Law 17: Legal Research and Writing
Law 19: Law and Computers
Law 20: Paralegal Seminar

4 courses from
:
Law 6: Agency, Corporations and Partnerships
Law 12: Probate Procedures
Law 13: Family Law
Law 14: Tort Law
Law 15: Civil and Criminal Evidence
Law 18: Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
Law 95abcd (3 or 4 units): Cooperative Work Experience Education
Real Estate 12A: Legal Aspects of Real Estate

Total Units: 31-33

In-Residence Requirements: A total of 15 units of Legal Specialty courses including Law 11, 17, 20, and six additional units selected from Law 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, or 19 must be taken at El Camino College for the certificate.

 

 Last Published 7/10/14