Paralegal Studies Associate in Science Degree


The Paralegal Studies Associate in Science Degree is designed to prepare students for employment in a paraprofessional capacity as an assistant to an attorney in private practice, in a governmental agency, or in private industry. Paralegals may perform many tasks under the supervision of a licensed attorney including preparation of forms and pleadings, interviewing of clients, researching and writing legal documents, managing 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). A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. This program requires completion of its own unique General Education pattern that is ABA approved. This degree requires a total of 27 units.

Required Courses (21 units):
PLEG 101 F Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
PLEG 104 F Introduction to Legal Research and Terminology3
PLEG 105 F Introduction to Legal Writing3
PLEG 116 FComputers in the Law Office3
PLEG 201 FCivil Litigation I3
PLEG 202 FCivil Litigation II3
PLEG 207 F Computer-Assisted Legal Research3
Restricted Electives (6 units):6
Contemporary Issues in the Law1-3
Tort Law (formerly Personal Injury)3
Family Law3
Probate, Wills and Trusts3
Bankruptcy Law and Procedure3
Workers' Compensation Law3
Criminal Law and Procedure3
Paralegal Internship2-4
Real Property Law and Procedure3
Employment and Labor Law3
Contract Law and Procedure3
Discovery in Electronic Age3
Computers in the Law Office II3
Immigration Law3
Entertainment and Sports Law3
Intellectual Property3
Elder Law3
Ethics for Paralegals (formerly PLEG 090FF)2
Advanced Legal Research and Writing3
Law Office Management3
Constitutional Law3
International Law3
Total Units27

Outcome 1: Demonstrate ethical requirements required of a paralegal as required by state law and apply rules of professional conduct to resolve any issues.

Outcome 2: Research and perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney in any legal environment in any state in the United States.

Outcome 3: Differentiate and describe the organization and function of the United States’ Judicial, Executive and Legislative branches of government.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate sensitivity through adaptability and flexibility in working with a diverse group of people from every socioeconomic level.

Outcome 5: Use computers and other technology for document production, law office management, trial preparation, and other tasks performed by paralegals.