Associate of Science in Paralegal (AS)

Division: Business

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment as a paralegal/legal assistant and for the furtherance of study in the field of law through course study in legal terminology, legal research and writing, document drafting, ethics, and case preparation along with specialty paralegal courses. 

Program Outcomes

  • Enter the legal profession as a paralegal/legal assistant
  • Perform legal research and prepare legal documents
  • Apply principles of legal ethics, and recognize legal limits pertaining to the duties a paralegal can and cannot perform

Career Opportunities

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


A paralegal is not an attorney and, therefore, cannot give legal advice or represent another in court, except under very limited circumstances provided by law. Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) is violation under California Business and Professions Code 6450-6456. 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.

Program Requirements 

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
BUS 018Business Law4
BUS 184Business Communications3
BUS 271College Keyboarding Level 23
BUS 293Business English4
PARA 101Introduction to Paralegalism3
PARA 102Legal Terminology2
PARA 203Civil Procedures 14
PARA 205Legal Research and Writing4
PARA 210Legal Ethics, Management, and Interviewing3
Select seven units from the following courses. Limited to only one AJ course:
AJ 014Criminal Law 13
AJ 025Constitutional Law *3
AJ 112Legal Aspects of Evidence3
PARA 142Real Estate Law3
PARA 204Civil Procedures 23
PARA 237Family Law3
SSCI 050Law and Democracy3
WEXP 193 PParalegal Wrk Exp-1st Sem1-2
WEXP 194 PParalegal Wrk Exp-2nd Sem1-2
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units

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).