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Law Department - Associate of Arts Degree Requirements
LEGAL ASSISTING (PARALEGAL)
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The legal profession has expressed a need for personnel to combine some of the duties of the legal secretary with those of the attorney. These personnel are highly trained in various facets of the law, and function under the supervision of the lawyer. This new profession is the Legal Assistant, or Paralegal, who performs duties which include legal research, client interviewing, preparation of briefs and other documents, conducting investigations, drafting wills and deeds, and researching tax matters. Legal Assistants also specialize in specific areas, such as probate, torts, family law, personal injury, insurance claims, civil litigation, and real estate law. Previously these tasks were beyond the training of the legal secretary and therefore, had to be performed by the attorney. A recent survey showed that a law office could save 50% of the cost of a simple incorporation by assigning the job to a legal assistant. The student may choose an Associate of Arts Degree in Legal Assisting or an occupational certificate. The following classes are required for both career options.
 
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS - LEGAL ASSISTING FIRST SEMESTER
 
REQUIRED COURSES UNITS
Law 1 Business Law I 3
Law 2 Business Law II 3
Law 10 Intro to Legal Assisting I 3
Law 11 Intro to Legal Assisting II 3
Law 12 Tort Law & Claims Investigation 3
Law 13 Wills, Trusts & Probate Administration 3
Law 16 Civil and Criminal Evidence 3
Law 17 Legal Writing 3
Law 18 Marriage and Family Law 3
Law 19 Property and Creditor Rights 3
Law 20 Basic Probate Procedure 3
Law 34 Legal Research Lab 3

REQUIRED TOTAL 36
   
   
   
RECOMMENDED
Law 14 Law Office Management 3
COA 84 Microcomputer Office Applications: Word Processing 3
Coop Ed Field Practice in Law Office 3
English 101 College Reading and Composition 1 3
Off Adm 1 Typewriting 1 3

RECOMMENDED TOTAL 15
 
Students interested in earning an Associate Degree must also complete General Education requirements and total a minimum of 60 units. Since Legal Assistants may find work in other career fields, electives for the A.A. degree should be considered in accounting, business, finance, and/or real estate, although none of these disciplines is specifically required. See Graduation Requirements.

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