Associate of Science in Paralegal - Not for Transfer (AS)

Division: Business

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Paralegal through the study of record keeping, brief writing, law office, legal research, drafting documents, and preparing evidence through the study of legal terminology, legal ethics, legal research, family law, and legal writing. Students will acquire skills for legal writing and research along with business law knowledge.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will be given a complex fact pattern in the Research and Writing class.
  • Students will use the legal research program and the library resources available in the COS library to conduct legal research and locate legal authority to draft and write an internal office memorandum of law.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: paralegal, legal secretary, legal document assistant, and lawyer assistant.


A paralegal is not an attorney and, therefore, cannot give legal advice or represent another in court, except under very limited circumstance provided by law. Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) is violation under California Business and Professions Code 6125-6129.

This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
Required Major Courses (30-31 Units)30-31
Business Communications
College Keyboarding Level 2
Business English
Intro to Paralegalism
Legal Terminology
Civil Procedures 1
Civil Procedures 2
Legal Research and Writing
Legal Ethics, Mgt & Interview
Paralegal Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Restricted Electives (7 Units)7
Select seven units from the following courses. Limted to only one AJ course:
Criminal Law 1
Constitutional Law *
Legal Aspects of Evidence
Criminal Law 2
Business Law
Wills, Trusts and Elder Law
Probate Procedures
Administrative Law
Family Law
Paralegal Wrk Exp-2nd Sem
Electives (0-1 Units)0-1
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units
Additional Requirements (0 Units)
Additional Requirement: typing certificate within the last six months of certificate application verifying a typing speed of 45 CWAM for 5 minutes.

Courses meet General Education requirements and 0-3 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).