Paralegal AS Degree

Paralegal Curriculum Requirement

(Total 60 Units)

The Associates in Science degree in paralegal studies is designed to prepare students for positions as paralegals in the legal and business fields. Individuals who are already employed in the legal field and seeking advancement opportunities may also select this program of study.

The paralegal degree program is an intensive program of study. Extensive writing, research, and critical thinking skills are required in all of the law courses in this degree program. ENG 101 and Legal 100a/b are foundation courses in the program. It is recommended that ENG 101 be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrolling in LEGL 100a/b. Completion of or con-current enrollment in Legal 100a/b is required prior to enrolling in other legal courses. Non-majors who are currently employed in the legal field and want to enroll in a course for professional development should contact the paralegal program director for assistance.

Recommended Course Sequence for Associate of Science

YEAR 1 – First Semester

CRS# COURSE UNITS
Legl 100A/B Introduction to Paralegalism / Legal Procedures 3 units
Legl 115 or 120 Litigation or Torts
3 units
Gen Ed 000 General Education
3 units
Gen Ed 000 General Education
3 units
Gen Ed 000 General Education 3 units
 15 units

YEAR 1 – Second Semester

CRS# COURSE UNITS
Legl 115 or 120Litigation or Torts Law3 units
Legl 105
Legal Research
3 units
Legl 000Legal Specialty Elective
3 units
Gen Ed 000General Education3 units
Gen Ed 000General Education3 units
 15 units

YEAR 2 – First Semester

CRS# COURSE UNITS
Legl 180Contracts3 units
Legl 110Legal Communications3 units
Legl 000Legal Specialty Elective
3 units
GenEd 000General Education3 units
GenEd 000General Education3 units
 15 units

YEAR 2 – Second Semester

CRS# COURSE UNITS
Legl 000Legal Specialty Elective3 units
Legl 000Legal Specialty Elective3 units
GenEd 000General Education3 units
GenEd 000General Education3 units
GenEd 000General Education3 units
 15 units

Major = 30 units (18 core, 12 electives)

General Education = 30 units


Semester Offerings of Paralegal Courses

Frequency of Core Offerings
Course FallSpringSummer
AMPMAMPMAMPM
LEGL 100A Introduction to Paralegalism 1 1 1
LEGL 100B Legal Procedures 1 1 1
LEGL 105 Legal Research 1 1  
LEGL 110 Legal Writing & Communications   1 1
LEGL 115 Civil Litigation - Procedures 1 1  
LEGL 120 Tort Law 1 1
  
LEGL 180 Contract Law 1 1  
LEGL 000 Specialty Electives 5 5 1
Total Classes per Semester11124
Associated Program