Paralegal Studies Certificate of Achievement (31 units): Any student completing the courses required for the Paralegal Studies major qualifies for a certificate in Paralegal Studies. Employment preparation for career opportunities with private attorneys, local court jurisdictions, corporate law offices, and self-employment as an independent paralegal.
Complete each course to be applied toward the certificate with a grade of "C" or better. Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at Cerro Coso Community College.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to
- Analyze data and information to assist attorneys with client's case throughout the legal process.
- Locate and analyze relevant primary and secondary legal sources in electronic and print media.
- Apply investigative functions and techniques to gather information from witnesses and other sources.
- Process legal documents and maintain legal schedules.
- Draft and organize legal documents and records including pretrial preparation.
- CC Online [Certificate Pathway]
Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.
Complete all of the following courses:
|BSAD C131||Business Law||3 Units|
|PARA C101||Introduction to Paralegal Studies||3|
|PARA C105||Legal Ethics||3|
|PARA C112||Legal Research and Writing I||3|
|PARA C122||Legal Research and Writing II||3|
|PARA C130||Civil Litigation and Procedure I||3|
|PARA C140||Civil Litigation and Procedure II||3|
|PARA C290||Paralegal Internship||2|
Select at least 8 units from the following courses:
|PARA C150||Law Office Management||3 Units|
|PARA C220||Bankruptcy Law||3|
|PARA C230||Probate Law||3|
|PARA C240||Criminal Law and Procedure||3|
|PARA C250||Family Law||3|
|PARA C260||Personal Injury and Tort Litigation||3|
|PARA C270||Real Property Law||2|
|PARA C280||Worker's Compensation Law||2|