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 CERTIFICATE COURSES30-31
BUS 184Business Communications3
BUS 271College Keyboarding Level 23
BUS 293Business English4
PARA 101Intro to Paralegalism3
PARA 102Legal Terminology2
PARA 203Civil Procedures 14
PARA 204Civil Procedures 23
PARA 205Legal Research and Writing4
PARA 210Legal Ethics, Mgt & Interview3
WEXP 193 PParalegal Wrk Exp-1st Sem1-2
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RESTRICTED ELECTIVES7
Select seven units from the following courses. Limited to only one AJ course:
AJ 014Criminal Law 13
AJ 025Constitutional Law3
AJ 112Legal Aspects of Evidence3
BUS 018Business Law4
PARA 232Wills, Trusts and Elder Law2
PARA 233Probate Procedures3
PARA 237Family Law3
WEXP 194 PParalegal Wrk Exp-2nd Sem1-2
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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Typing certificate within the last six months of certificate application verifying a typing speed of 45 CWAM for 5 minutes.
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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.