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Paralegal Degree

Santa Ana College: Degrees and Certificates for 2006-2007

Paralegal Degree (SAC 0523) and Certificate (SAC 1799)

(Formerly: Paralegal Degree 0523)
This American Bar Association (ABA) approved program is designed to prepare the student to work in a paraprofessional capacity as an assistant to an attorney in a law firm, governmental agency or corporation. The paralegal performs many tasks normally handled by an attorney, such as preparing forms and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, legal research and document organization. Strong English skills, computer knowledge and good organizational skills are an asset in this profession. This program is not designed to prepare students for the practice of law.
Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to this requirement are marked with an asterisk. It is further recommended that students complete as much of their general education as possible prior to enrolling in legal specialty courses.

Paralegal Degree (SAC 0523)

Specific General Education Requirements for Degree
The ABA additionally specifies that a student must complete a minimum of 18 semester units of ABA approved general education courses in the areas of language and composition, mathematics, social science and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts. This excludes courses in physical education, counseling, performing arts, accounting, computer science, technical writing, business mathematics, keyboarding and business law. Students are urged to seek counseling prior to enrollment to insure that college general education choices satisfy this requirement.

Paralegal Certificate (SAC 1799)

A Paralegal Certificate is available only to students who have received an Associate in Arts or Science Degree or Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree from an accredited college or university. The student must meet the eighteen semester units of ABA approved courses in the areas of language and composition, mathematics, social science and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts.
Major requirements for students seeking the degree and certificate.
Required Core Courses for all Students:
Note: Students must complete the program within 5 years or repeat any legal specialty courses which were completed more than 5 years prior to graduation. Legal specialty courses subject to this requirement are marked with an asterisk (*).
Course Units
Paralegal 100, Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
Paralegal 120, Computers in the Law Office 3
Paralegal 121, Ethics for the Paralegal 1
Paralegal 130, Legal Transactions 3
*Paralegal 143, Civil Litigation Overview 2
*Paralegal 144, Discovery Techniques 2
Paralegal 246, Legal Research & Analysis 4
Paralegal 248, Advanced Research & Writing 3
SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the required core courses listed above, students must select one of the 4 alternatives below:
GENERALIST ALTERNATIVE
Select 9 units of legal electives.
LITIGATION SPECIALTY ALTERNATIVE
Course Units
*Paralegal 131, Alternate Dispute Resolution 2
*Paralegal 137, Tort & Insurance Law 2
Legal electives 5
Transactional Specialty Alternative
Course Units
Business 101, Business Law
OR 3
Business 105, Legal Environment of Business
*Paralegal 136, Real Property Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 138, Law of Business Organizations 2
Legal electives 2
International Specialty Alternative
Course Units
*Paralegal 136, Real Property Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 138, Law of Business Organizations 2
*Paralegal 140, Immigration Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 147, International Commercial Agreements 1
& Distribution Law
*Paralegal 148, International Intellectual Property Law 1
*Paralegal 149, The Law of Global Commerce 1
Legal Electives:
Business 101, Business Law
OR 3
Business 105, Legal Environment of Business
Paralegal 101, Law Office Management 2
Paralegal 105, Cooperative Work Experience Education-Occupational 1-4
Paralegal 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3
*Paralegal 122, Elder Law 2
*Paralegal 131, Alternate Dispute Resolution 2
*Paralegal 132, Family Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 133, Workers’ Compensation Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 134, Probate Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 135, Bankruptcy Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 136, Real Property Law & Procedure 2
*Paralegal 137, Tort & Insurance Law 2
*Paralegal 138, Law of Business Organizations 2
*Paralegal 139, Fundamentals of Labor Law 2
*Paralegal 147, International Commercial Agreements 1
& Distribution Law
*Paralegal 148, International Intellectual Property Law 1
*Paralegal 149, The Law of Global Commerce 1
Paralegal 299, Cooperative Work Experience Education 1-4
(second semester)
*Note: Students who want a Paralegal Certificate must already have an Associate in Arts or Science Degree or a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree from an accredited college or university. The student must meet the eighteen semester units of ABA approved courses in the areas of language and composition, mathematics, social science and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts.