Paralegal Studies

Associate in Science (AS) Degree

The Fullerton College’s ABA-approved curriculum leads to an Associate in Science (AS) Degree and entry-level employment in a paraprofessional capacity as an assistant to an attorney in private practice, in a governmental agency, or in private industry. This degree requires 27 units, of which 21 are in required courses. An additional 6 units must be chosen from the restrictive electives listed below. A grade of C or better is required in all required and restrictive elective courses.

Paralegals may perform many tasks under the supervision of a licensed attorney including preparation of forms and pleadings, interviewing clients, researching and writing legal documents, managing in a law office, and preparing word processing forms and documents. This program is not intended to prepare students for the practice of law. The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Paralegal Studies Certificate

The Paralegal Studies Certificate requires the completion of 30 units of which 21 are in the required courses below. An additional 9 units  must be chosen from the restrictive electives listed below. A minimum grade of "C" is required in each course. All required courses must be completed at Fullerton College. Students must possess an AA, AS, BA, BS or higher degree from a regionally accredited college. Only students with an Associate Applied Science (AAS) degree must have their transcripts evaluated for General Education requirements as listed in the GE requirements for an AS in Paralegal Studies.

Because this is an American Bar Association approved program, students who wish to transfer in Paralegal Studies units, a maximum of six (6) Restrictive Electives, must obtain prior permission from the Paralegal Department Coordinator or the Business Division Dean.

Required Courses (21 units):
PLEG 101 F Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
PLEG 104 F Introduction to Legal Research and Terminology (formerly PLEG 103 F)3
PLEG 105 F Introduction to Legal Writing (formerly PLEG 102 F) 13
PLEG 116 FComputers in the Law Office3
PLEG 201 FCivil Litigation I 13
PLEG 202 FCivil Litigation II 13
PLEG 207 F Computer-Assisted Legal Research 13
Restrictive Electives (9 units):9
Contemporary Issues in the Law 11-3
Tort Law (formerly Personal Injury) 13
Family Law 13
Probate, Wills and Trusts 13
Bankruptcy Law and Procedure 13
Workers' Compensation Law 13
Criminal Law and Procedure 13
Paralegal Internship2-4
Real Property Law and Procedure 13
Employment and Labor Law 13
Contract Law and Procedure 13
Discovery in Electronic Age 13
Computers in the Law Office II3
Immigration Law 13
Entertainment and Sports Law3
Intellectual Property 13
Elder Law3
Ethics for Paralegals (formerly PLEG 090FF)2
Advanced Legal Research and Writing 13
Law Office Management3
Constitutional Law3
International Law3
Total Units30

The Paralegal Studies major requires restricted general education. See reverse side of this sheet for a list of general education courses approved by the ABA.

Revised 6/2019 (Dr. Lee/KTran)

Paralegal Studies 2019-2020

Associate In Science Degree - Fullerton College

PROGRAM CODE: 2S08434

Program plan will depend on placement test results. This program could be adjusted.

PLEASE NOTE: Students commencing their education at Fullerton College with or after Fall 2011 are required to take PLEG 207 F and PLEG 216 F. PLEG 207 F should be taken during the third or fourth semester and PLEG 216 F should be taken when offered as neither class is offered every semester. Additionally, 200-level required courses are not offered every semester.

Degree-Oriented Paralegal Students

FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 100 FCollege Writing4-5
or ENGL 100HF Honors College Writing
or ENGL 101 F Enhanced College Writing
PLEG 101 F Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
PLEG 104 F Introduction to Legal Research and Terminology3
PLEG 116 FComputers in the Law Office3
P.E. Activity1
Total Units14-15
SECOND SEMESTER
PLEG 105 F Introduction to Legal Writing 13
Area A2 (Analytical Thinking)3
3 units of Paralegal Restrictive Electives3
Area D1 (Social, Poligical and Economic Institutions)3
Area B2: MATH 040 or higher4
Total Units16
THIRD SEMESTER
PLEG 201 FCivil Litigation I 23
PLEG 207 F Computer-Assisted Legal Research (if offered) 2,33
Area C1 (Visual Arts, Music, Theatre and Dance)3
Area C2 (Literature, Philosophy, Religion and Foreign Language)3-5
Total Units12-14
FOURTH SEMESTER
PLEG 202 FCivil Litigation II 33
3 units of Paralegal Restrictive Electives3
Area B1 (Physical Sciences and Life Sciences)3-4
Area D2 (Social Behavior and Self-Understanding)3
Optional: Students are encouraged to take:
PLEG 210 FParalegal Internship2-4
Total Units14-17

In choosing General Education courses, make sure one course meets the Multicultural Requirement.

Note: Students must have a minimum of 27 Paralegal Studies units for the degree.

Paralegal Studies 2019-2020

Certificate Program - Fullerton College

PROGRAM CODE: 2C21275

Program plan will depend on placement test results. This program could be adjusted.

PLEASE NOTE: Students commencing their education at Fullerton College with or after Fall 2011 are required to take PLEG 207 F and PLEG 216 F. PLEG 207 F should be taken during the third or fourth semester and PLEG 216 F should be taken when offered as neither class is offered every semester. Additionally, 200-level required courses are not offered every semester.

Certificate-Oriented Paralegal Students

FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 100 FCollege Writing4-5
or ENGL 100HF Honors College Writing
or ENGL 101 F Enhanced College Writing
PLEG 101 F Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
PLEG 104 F Introduction to Legal Research and Terminology3
Beginning Computer (if necessary)3
Total Units13-14
SECOND SEMESTER
PLEG 105 F Introduction to Legal Writing 13
PLEG 116 FComputers in the Law Office3
Total Units6
THIRD SEMESTER
PLEG 201 FCivil Litigation I 23
PLEG 207 F Computer-Assisted Legal Research (if offered) 2,33
PLEG 216 FComputers in the Law Office II (if offered)3
3 units of Paralegal Restrictive Electives (PLEG 090 F and PLEG 200 F(3) level courses)3
Total Units12
FOURTH SEMESTER
PLEG 202 FCivil Litigation II 43
3 units of Paralegal Restrictive Electives (PLEG 090 F and PLEG 200 F(3) level courses)3
Optional: Students are encouraged to take 1-4 units of the following:
PLEG 210 FParalegal Internship2-4
Total Units8-10

NOTE: Students must have a minimum of 30 Paralegal Studies units for the certificate.