​Paralegal

PARA 101 Introduction to Paralegalism 3
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This required survey course is the initial course in a program designed to train the
student for employment as a paralegal. The student is given basic knowledge of
the role of a paralegal in the community, career opportunities, legal ethics, legal
analysis including case briefing, introduction to the law library and exposure to
various substantive and procedural areas of the law.
 
PARA 102 Legal Terminology 2
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This course, required for the Paralegal major or certificate, provides an overview
of the law and legal terminology. Advisory on Recommended Preparation:
Concurrent enrollment in PARA 101 or equivalent college course with a grade
of “C” or better.
 
PARA 103 Civil Procedures 1 4
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
This course covers both California and federal concepts of civil procedure.
Students complete legal documents necessary for a civil lawsuit using computerized
judicial council forms and other legal software.
Prerequisites: PARA 101 or equivalent college course with “C” or better (PARA 101
may be taken concurrently).
 
PARA 104 Civil Procedures 2 3
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course expands upon the basic concepts of civil procedure and is an elective
course for the paralegal major or certificate. Students draft complicated civil
pleadings, discovery devices, writs and the legal documents necessary to enforce
a money judgment. Advisory for Recommended Preparation: PARA 101 and PARA
103 or equivalent college course with a grade of “C” or better.
 
PARA 105 Legal Research and Writing 4
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
This required course for paralegal majors covers the tools for researching both
federal and California law. Students utilize both print and computerized sources
to write legal memoranda and points and authorities. Supplemental learning
assistance is available for students to strengthen skills and to reinforce mastery
of concepts.
Prerequisites: PARA 101 or equivalent college course with “C” or better (PARA 101
may be taken concurrently).
 
PARA 110 Legal Ethics, Management & Interview 3
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course assists students in making the transition from the classroom to the law
office. The course covers ethical principles, job search skills, client interviewing
and law office management skills.
 
PARA 232 Wills, Trust & Elder Law 2
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This is an elective course in the paralegal major designed to familiarize the
student with the legal aspects of wills, trusts, conservatorships, and elder law.
Included is the effect of death upon property ownership, community property
and the drafting of forms associated with estate planning.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: PARA 103 or equivalent college course
with a grade of “C” or better.
Prerequisites: PARA 101 or equivalent college course with “C” or better (PARA 101
may be taken concurrently).
 
PARA 233 Probate Procedures 3
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This is an advanced three-unit non repeatable required course in the Paralegal
certificate designed to familiarize students with the procedures for probating an
estate and settling non-probate estates.
Prerequisites: PARA 101 or equivalent college course with “C” or better (PARA 101
may be taken concurrently).
 
PARA 236 Administrative Law 3
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This elective course in the paralegal major provides an overview of federal and
state substantive and procedural administrative law. Students may elect to focus
on immigration law, social security law, worker’s compensation law or other
specific government agencies. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: PARA
103 or equivalent college course with a grade of “C” or better.
Prerequisites: PARA 101 or equivalent college course with “C” or better (PARA 101
may be taken concurrently).
 
PARA 237 Family Law 3
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This is a required course in the paralegal major designed to familiarize the student
with California law relating to dissolutions of marriage.
Prerequisites: PARA 101 or equivalent college course with “C” or better (PARA 101
may be taken concurrently).
Source: 2011-13 Catalog​
 
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