Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal

Division: Business

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Paralegal. Students completing this certificate will acquire skils related to record-keeping, brief writing, basic law office management, legal research and writing, drafting legal documents and preparation of evidence through the discovery process.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will be given a complex fact pattern in the Research and Writing class and they will use the legal research program Lexis.com to conduct legal research and locate legal authority to draft and write a motion.
  • Students will be given a complex fact pattern in the Research and Writing class and they will use the legal research program Lexis.com as well as 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 certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: entry-level careers as a legal document assistant or paralegal.

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. Limited 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
Additional Requirements (0 Units)
Typing certificate within the last six months of certificate application verifying a typing speed of 45 CWAM for 5 minutes.
Total37-38

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Business Division Chair.

Note

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 a violation under California Business and Professions Code 6125 - 6129.