The Paralegal Studies Certificate
You can use this to:
Most paralegals and legal assistants have an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants
You must recognize the important role you play in the law office or independent certified paralegal role. None of your assignments will be glamorous, but your efforts are essential to the legal process.
—Charles E. Quinlan, Paralegal
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 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 C190||Legal Ethics||3|
|PARA C210||California and Federal Civil Procedure Legal Forms||3|
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||Workers' Compensation Law||2|
This degree requires 32 units and will likely take 3 semesters.
x $46 per unit
x ($211 + $21) per unit
= $1472 in tuition and fees
= $7424 in tuition and fees
+ ~$1920* for books and supplies
= $3392 across three semesters
= $9344 across three semesters
*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.
Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this degree.