Top Code: 1402.00
The curriculum prepares students to assist attorneys as paralegals (legal assistants) in administrative agencies, corporations, insurance companies, private law firms, government, and other legal environments. Emphasis is on training students in both civil and criminal matters. Some of the services that the paralegal (legal assistant) provides are legal research, development of law office systems, client interviews, drafts pleadings, briefing cases, legal calendaring, preparing discovery for litigated cases, preparing wills and trusts, maintaining corporate records and minutes. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.
A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required Paralegal Studies core courses with a grade of C or better.
- The ability to cope with case management, complete paralegal tasks, and understand the client relationship.
- The people skills to be a competent paralegal.
- Competence to work in the legal environment.
Note: A Paralegal (Legal Assistant) may not engage in, encourage, or contribute to any act which could constitute the unauthorized practice of law.
In order to be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies, a student must (1) be a graduate of an accredited high school, or have a G.E.D., and (2) complete a total of 60 units, consisting of the following courses:
- All required Legal core courses listed below (32 units):
Course List Code Title Units BUS 012A BUSINESS LAW 3 PLGL 134 INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES 3 PLGL 135A WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE ADMINISTRATION 3 PLGL 137 LEGAL WRITING AND DRAFTING 3 PLGL 138 PARALEGAL STUDIES FIELD PRACTICE 4 PLGL 139 TORT LAW AND CLAIMS INVESTIGATION 3 PLGL 141 CIVIL AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE 3 PLGL 142 LAW OFFICE PROCEDURES AND ETHICS 3 PLGL 145A LEGAL RESEARCH 3 PLGL 145B COMPUTER AIDED LEGAL RESEARCH 1 PLGL 146 COMPUTER USE FOR THE LAW OFFICE 2 PLGL 150 PARALEGAL STUDIES: WORKFORCE PREPARATION SEMINAR 1 Total Units 32 Course List Code Title Units Semester I BUS 012A BUSINESS LAW 3 PLGL 134 INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES 3 PLGL 135A WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE ADMINISTRATION 3 PLGL 139 TORT LAW AND CLAIMS INVESTIGATION 3 Semester II PLGL 137 LEGAL WRITING AND DRAFTING 3 PLGL 138 PARALEGAL STUDIES FIELD PRACTICE 4 PLGL 146 COMPUTER USE FOR THE LAW OFFICE 2 Elective Semester III PLGL 141 CIVIL AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE 3 PLGL 142 LAW OFFICE PROCEDURES AND ETHICS 3 PLGL 145A LEGAL RESEARCH 3 Elective Semester IV PLGL 145B COMPUTER AIDED LEGAL RESEARCH 1 PLGL 150 PARALEGAL STUDIES: WORKFORCE PREPARATION SEMINAR 1 Elective Elective Total Units 32
Note: Those students enrolling in the Paralegal Studies program with a Bachelor’s degree need to complete only the Paralegal core courses listed under #1 above; items #2 and #3 below are not required.
- 18 units of General Education courses, listed in the Pasadena City College Catalog, in the section titled, “Associate in Sciences Degree Requirements,” to be chosen from the following categories:
- Category Two, A, Natural Sciences, 3 units
- Category Two, B, Social & Behavioral Sciences, 3 units
- Category Two, C, Humanities, 3 units
- Category Two, D, Language & Rationality, 9 units chosen from:
- English Composition (4)
- Oral Communication (3)
- Mathematics/Critical Thinking (3)
General Education courses that are excluded from the list of acceptable courses are: BUS 011A, BUS 014B, CS 006, CIS 062, ELTN 109B.
Note: Courses taken to complete the 18 units required in #2 above may not be used to satisfy any of the optional General Education course selections.
It is strongly recommended that students complete the general education course requirements prior to taking the legal specialty courses.
- 10 elective units, chosen from the following elective courses (any combination of General Education or Paralegal Studies):
Course List Code Title Units General Education AMER 125 AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS 3 Any Health Education course 2 HIST 007A UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1876 3 HIST 007B UNITED STATES HISTORY FROM 1876 3 HIST 025B WOMEN IN AMERICAN SOCIETY 3 HIST 025D AMERICA'S RELATIONS WITH OTHER NATIONS 3 HIST 029A AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1865 3 HIST 029B AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY FROM 1865 3 HIST 071 HISTORY OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS 3 Any Kinesiology course 2 POLS 001 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3 POLS 007 PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 3 Paralegal Studies BUS 012B BUSINESS LAW TRANSACTIONS & ORGANIZATIONS 3 PLGL 136 PROPERTY LAW, BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITORS' RIGHTS 3 PLGL 138 PARALEGAL STUDIES FIELD PRACTICE 4 PLGL 140 FAMILY LAW AND DISSOLUTION PROCEDURES 3 PLGL 143 WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW 3 PLGL 148 IMMIGRATION LAW 3
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