Associate of Science in Paralegal (AS)
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.
- 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
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.
|GENERAL EDUCATION AND SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS||25|
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
|REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES||30|
|BUS 018||Business Law||4|
|BUS 184||Business Communications||3|
|BUS 271||College Keyboarding Level 2||3|
|BUS 293||Business English||4|
|PARA 101||Introduction to Paralegalism||3|
|PARA 102||Legal Terminology||2|
|PARA 203||Civil Procedures 1||4|
|PARA 205||Legal Research and Writing||4|
|PARA 210||Legal Ethics, Management, and Interviewing||3|
Select seven units from the following courses. Limited to only one AJ course:
|AJ 014||Criminal Law 1||3|
|AJ 025||Constitutional Law *||3|
|AJ 112||Legal Aspects of Evidence||3|
|PARA 142||Real Estate Law||3|
|PARA 204||Civil Procedures 2||3|
|PARA 232||Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning||2|
|PARA 237||Family Law||3|
|SSCI 050||Law and Democracy||3|
|WEXP 193 P||Paralegal Wrk Exp-1st Sem||1-2|
|WEXP 194 P||Paralegal Wrk Exp-2nd Sem||1-2|
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:
- 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),
- General Education requirements,
- Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
- 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).