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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
All classes needed for this certificate are available online. Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this certificate are available at all our locations. See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this certificate.
This certificate requires 32 units and will likely take 3 semesters.
x $46 per unit
x ($193 + $14) per unit
= $1472 in tuition and fees
= $6624 in tuition and fees
+ ~$2500* for books and supplies
= $3972 across three semesters or $1324 per semester
= $9124 across four semesters or $3041 per semester
*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.
Paralegal Studies Certificate of Achievement (31 units): This program is designed to prepare students for work in the legal environment as either professional paralegals or legal assistants. Students receive training in all aspects of the legal system including the court system, legal research, client interviews, legal briefs, and court procedures. Employment preparation for career opportunities with private attorneys, local court jurisdictions, corporate law offices, and self-employment as an independent paralegal or document preparer.
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.
This program prepares students for careers in Paralegal: Paralegals, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Title Examiner, Legal Support Worker.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to
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||Worker's Compensation Law||2|
For general questions, contact:Karen O'Connor
Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this certificate.