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Program Type: Certificate of Achievement

Division: School of Career and Technical Education

Program Description:
Formerly: Legal Assisting

The curriculum prepares students to assist attorneys as paralegals (legal assistants) in administrative agencies, corporations, insurance companies, private law firms, government, and other legal environments. Emphasis is on training students in both civil and criminal matters. Some of the services that the paralegal (legal assistant) provides are legal research, development of law office systems, client interviews, drafts pleadings, briefing cases, legal calendaring, preparing discovery for litigated cases, preparing wills and trusts, maintaining corporate records and minutes. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required Paralegal Studies core courses with a grade of C or better.

NOTE: A Paralegal (Legal Assistant) may not engage in, encourage, or contribute to any act which could constitute the unauthorized practice of law.

In order to be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting), a student must (1) be a graduate of an accredited high school, or have a G.E.D., and (2) complete a total of 60 units, consisting of the following courses:

1. All required Legal core courses listed below (32 units):
Bus 12A, Business Law (3 units)
Legal 134, Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 units)
Legal 135A, Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration (3 units)
Legal 137, Legal Writing and Drafting (3 units)
Legal 138, Paralegal Studies Field Practice (4 units)
Legal 139, Tort Law and Claims Investigation (3 units)
Legal 141, Civil and Criminal Evidence (3 units)
Legal 142, Law Office Procedure and Ethics (3 units)
Legal 145A, Legal Research (3 units)
Legal 145B, Computer Aided Research (1 units)
Legal 146, Computer Use for the Law Office (2 units)
Legal 150, Paralegal Studies Graduate Seminar (1 unit)

Note: Those students enrolling in the Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) program with a Bachelor''s degree need to complete only the Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) core courses listed under #1 above, item #2 and #3 below are not required.

2. 18 units of General Education courses, listed in the Pasadena City College catalog, in the section titled, “Associate in Sciences Degree Requirements”, to be chosen from the following categories:
a. Category Two, A, Natural Sciences, 3 units
b. Category Two, B, Social & Behavioral Sciences, 3 units
c. Category Two, C, Humanities, 3 units
d. Category Two, D, Language & Rationality, 9 units chosen from:
(1) English Composition (4 units)
(2) Oral Communication (3 units)
(3) Mathematics/Critical Thinking (3 units)
General Education courses that are excluded from the list of acceptable courses are: Micro 108, Bus 11A, Bus 14A-B, Bus 115, CS 6, CIS 62, Eltrn 10, Eltrn 109B.

Note: Courses taken to complete the 18 units required in #2 above may not be used to satisfy any of the optional General Education course selections.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the general education course requirements prior to taking the legal specialty courses.

3. 10 elective units, chosen from the following elective courses (any combination of General Education or Paralegal Studies [Legal Assisting]):

General Education:
American Institutions 125 (3 units)
Health Education, any (2 units)
History 7A-B, 25A-D, 29A-B, 41 (3 units each)
Physical Education, any (2 units)
Political Sciences 1, 7 (3 units each)

Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) core courses:
Bus 12B, Business Law (3 units)
Legal 135B, Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration (3 units)
Legal 136, Property Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights (3 units)
Legal 138, Paralegal Studies Field Practice repeat (4 units)
Legal 140, Family Law and Dissolution Procedures (3 units)
Legal 143, Workers’ Compensation Law (3 units)
Legal 148, Immigration Law (3 units)

Effective academic year: 2004-2005

Program Outcomes:

1. Upon completion of the Paralegal Studies Program, the student should have the ability to cope with case management, complete paralegal tasks, and understand the client relationship.

2. A paralegal, upon completion of the PCC Paralegal Program, should have the people skills to be a competent paralegal.

3. Upon completion of the PCC Paralegal Program, the student should be competent to work in the legal environment.


Required Units in the Major:    32

Required Courses
  Semester I (12 units)
BUS 012A - BUSINESS LAW (3.0 units)
  PLGL 134 - INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES (3.0 units)
  PLGL 135A - WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE ADMINISTRATION (3.0 units)
  PLGL 139 - TORT LAW AND CLAIMS INVESTIGATION (3.0 units)
  &
  Semester II (9 units)
PLGL 137 - LEGAL WRITING AND DRAFTING (3.0 units)
  PLGL 138 - PARALEGAL STUDIES FIELD PRACTICE (4.0 units)
  PLGL 146 - COMPUTER USE FOR THE LAW OFFICE (2.0 units)
  &
  Semester III (9 units)
PLGL 141 - CIVIL AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE (3.0 units)
  PLGL 142 - LAW OFFICE PROCEDURES AND ETHICS (3.0 units)
  PLGL 145A - LEGAL RESEARCH (3.0 units)
  &
  Semester IV (2 units)
PLGL 145B - COMPUTER AIDED RESEARCH (1.0 units)
  PLGL 150 - PARALEGAL STUDIES GRADUATE SEMINAR (1.0 units)

Required Electives (10 Units)
See Item #3 in Program Descrip

None

Recommended Electives

None