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Click on link to get a pdf brochure: Program Brochure for 2012-2013. (For students enrolled prior to Fall 2013)

THOSE STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN FALL 2013 WILL FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING COURSE OF STUDY FOR THE PARALEGAL DEGREE:
 
PROGRAM OF STUDY
PARALEGAL DEGREE(sac.para.aa) A.A. Degree
(Formerly Paralegal Degree 0523)
This American Bar Association (ABA) approved program is designed to prepare students to work as a paralegal/Legal Assistant as defined by section 6450 of the California Business and Professions Code, who are qualified by education, who either contracts with
or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California, as defined in Section 6060, or an attorney
practicing law in the federal courts of this state, that has been specifically delegated by the attorney to him or her.

This program is not designed to prepare students for the practice of law.

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to:
1. Make ethical decisions in the workplace
1. Students will complete the Para 121 Ethics class
2. Students will incorporate ethical standards in the Law Office Management class through problem solving and discussion board discussions.
2. Understand legal concepts
1. Students will demonstrate legal concepts in the legal specialty classes through examination and practical exercises.
2. Students will draft law office memorandum and appellate briefs in the Advanced Legal Writing class incorporating analysis of legal concepts.
3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing
1. Students will draft law office memorandum.
2. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
3. Students will create client correspondence.
4. Be proficient in using legal technology
1. Students will demonstrate the use of the Microsoft suite Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in their completion of assignments.
2. Students will complete assignments using legal specific software.
5. Exhibit critical thinking skills
1. Students will analyze cases related to the legal specialty classes.
2. Students will analyze fact patterns to demonstrate the application of legal concepts to fact patterns.
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.  All courses must be passed with a C grade or better with the exception of Paralegal 297, which is pass/no pass.

Paralegal Degree (sac.para.aa)
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.

Major requirements for students seeking the degree.

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 these requirements are marked with an asterisk (*).
Students must take Paralegal 100 prior to or concurrently with other legal specialty courses except Paralegal 120 and Para 107.

Core Courses:

PARA 100 The Paralegal Profession 3
PARA 101 * Law Office Management 2
PARA 120 * Computers in the Law Office 4
PARA 121 * Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2
PARA 145 * Civil Litigation Overview 4
PARA 150 * Legal Transactions 5
PARA 248 Advanced Research and Writing 3
PARA 246 Legal Research and Analysis 4
BUS 105 Legal Environment of Business 3
PARA 297 * The Professional Paralegal 2
Effective Fall 2011: Paralegal 145 replaces 143 and 144.
Effective Fall 2013 Para 150 combines and replaces Para 130, 136 and 138. Para 146 combines and replaces Para 131 and 137.

Students must choose a minimum of 3 units from the legal elective courses.
Legal Electives:

PARA 107 Principles and Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3
PARA 122 * Elder Law 2
PARA 132 * Family Law and Procedure 2
PARA 133 * Workers Compensation Law and Procedure 2
PARA 134 * Probate Law and Procedure 2
PARA 135 * Bankruptcy Law and Procedure 2
PARA 138 * Law of Business Organizations 2
PARA 139 * Fundamentals of Labor Law 2
PARA 140 * Immigration Law and Procedure 2
PARA 147 * International Commercial Agreements and Distribution Law 1
PARA 148 * International Intellectual Property Law 1
PARA 149 * The Law of Global Commerce 1
PARA 299 * Cooperative Work Experience Education 1 - 4
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 are marked with an asterisk (*).

Total Units 35 plus general education AA requirements. 


PROGRAM OF STUDY
Paralegal (sac.para.ca) Certificate of Achievement (Transcripted)
This American Bar Association (ABA) approved program is designed to prepare students to work as a paralegal/Legal Assistant as defined by section 6450 of the California Business and Professions Code, who are qualified by education, who either contracts with
or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California, as defined in Section 6060, or an attorney
practicing law in the federal courts of this state, that has been specifically delegated by the attorney to him or her.
This program is not designed to prepare students for the practice of law.

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to:
1. Make ethical decisions in the workplace
1. Students will complete the Para 121 Ethics class
2. Students will incorporate ethical standards in the Law Office Management class through problem solving and discussion board discussions.
2. Understand legal concepts
1. Students will demonstrate legal concepts in the legal specialty classes through examination and practical exercises.
2. Students will draft law office memorandum and appellate briefs in the Advanced Legal Writing class incorporating analysis of legal concepts.
3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing
1. Students will draft law office memorandum.
2. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
3. Students will create client correspondence.
4. Be proficient in using legal technology
1. Students will demonstrate the use of the Microsoft suite Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in their completion of assignments.
2. Students will complete assignments using legal specific software.
5. Exhibit critical thinking skills
1. Students will analyze cases related to the legal specialty classes.
2. Students will analyze fact patterns to demonstrate the application of legal concepts to fact patterns.
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. 
It is further
recommended that students complete as much of their general education as possible prior to enrolling in legal specialty courses. All courses must be passed with a C grade or better with the exception of Paralegal 297, which is a pass/no pass.

Paralegal Certificate (sac.para.ca)

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 American 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 certificate.

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 these requirements are marked with an asterisk (*).

Core courses:

PARA 100 The Paralegal Profession 3
PARA 101 * Law Office Management 2
PARA 120 * Computers in the Law Office 4
PARA 121 * Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2
PARA 145 * Civil Litigation Overview 4
PARA 150 * Legal Transactions 5
PARA 246 Legal Research and Analysis 4
PARA 248 Advanced Research and Writing 3
BUS 105 Legal Environment of Business 3
PARA 297 * The Professional Paralegal 2
Effective Fall 2011: Paralegal 145 replaces 143 and 144.
Effective Fall 2013 Para 150 combines and replaces Para 130, 136 and 138. Para 146 combines and replaces Para 131 and 137.

Students must choose a minimum of 3 units from the legal elective courses.
Legal Electives: Units:

PARA 107 Principles and Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3
PARA 122 * Elder Law 2
PARA 132 * Family Law and Procedure 2
PARA 133 * Workers Compensation Law and Procedure 2
PARA 134 * Probate Law and Procedure 3
PARA 135 * Bankruptcy Law and Procedure 2
PARA 139 * Fundamentals of Labor Law 2
PARA 140 * Immigration Law and Procedure 2
PARA 147 * International Commercial Agreements and Distribution Law 1
PARA 148 * International Intellectual Property Law 1
PARA 149 * The Law of Global Commerce 1
PARA 299 * Cooperative Work Experience Education 1

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 are marked with an asterisk (*).

Total Units 35




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