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Paralegal Studies

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies is designed to help students gain the basic knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level paralegal position. All courses in the Certificate of Achievement Program are also required courses in the Associate Degree program in Paralegal Studies so students have a seamless pathway to paralegal certification and career advancement.

The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies will:

  • Recall significant paralegal issues, theories and applications.
  • Apply paralegal principles to produce work-based learning projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow instructions on assignments and class activities.

Program Requirements

A total of 24 units is required for the certificate.

Required core courses (24 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
BUS 110 Business Law 3.0
WEE 149 Work Experience Education: Occupational 1.0 - 8.0 units
PLGL 101 Intro to Paralegal Studies 3.0
PLGL 102 Criminal Law & Procedure 3.0
PLGL 103 Civil Litigation 3.0
PLGL 104 Legal Research & Writing 3.0
PLGL 105 Legal Analysis & Writing 3.0
PLGL 106 Case Management 3.0
PLGL 107 Ethics for Paralegals 1.0

Note: at least 2 units in CWE 149 is required for the certificate.