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Paralegal Studies Curriculum

Paralegal Studies

OBJECTIVES

The primary goal of the Paralegal Studies Program is to provide students with low cost, high quality education and the skills necessary for positions as paralegals.

Students are trained to:

  • Examine the practical application of paralegal related job skills, including preparing forms and pleadings, communicating with clients, legal research and document organization
  • Understand rules of legal ethics and substantive and procedural law
  • Utilize current technology through Internet research/legal and general office software applications

PREREQUISITES

Prerequisites for the program include:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent; and,
  • Access to a computer with internet access.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

Curriculum comprises of eight courses for a total of 24 designated units.
To receive the certificate you must:

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all paralegal coursework
  • Earn a grade of C or higher

*Note: Paralegal graduates cannot give legal advice, appear in court or otherwise engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

COURSE LIST

Course Code

Course Name

Units

PLGL 30

Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3

PLGL 31

Legal Writing and Research

3

PLGL 32

Litigation and Civil Procedure

3

PLGL 33

Computer Application and E-Discovery for Paralegals

3

PLGL 34

Professional Responsibility and Ethics

3

PLGL 35

Advanced Legal Writing and Research

3

PLGL 36

Contract Law

3

PLGL 37

OR

PLGL 38

PLGL 37: Tort Law; or,

PLGL 38: Criminal Law

3

TOTAL REQUIRED UNITS: 24