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Paralegal Studies

What is a Paralegal?

A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

According to the Department of Labor, the demand for paralegals is expected to grow as an increasing population requires additional legal services. Paralegal and legal assistant positions are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. Employment growth stems from law firms and other employers with legal staffs increasingly hiring paralegals to lower the cost and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services. The majority of job openings for paralegals in the future will be new jobs created by rapid employment growth, but additional job openings will arise as people leave the occupation.

U.S. Department of Labor, Careers and Salary Information

NOTE: This program is not designed for preparation for law school admission. Students should consult catalogs of law schools of their choice or a counselor when planning to attend law school.


Law 1 - Business Law I

3 units

Law 2 - Business Law II

3 units

Law 10 - Intro to Legal Assistant I (Intro to Law)

3 units

Law 11 - Intro to Legal Assistant II (Civil Litigation)

3 units

Law 12 - Tort Law and Claims Investigation

3 units

Law 13 - Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration OR, Law 35 - Immigration Law for Paralegals

3 units

Law 16 - Civil and Criminal Evidence

3 units

Law 17 - Legal Writing

3 units

Law 18 - Marriage and Family Law

3 units

Law 19 - Property & Creditor Rights

3 units

Law 20 - Basic Probate Procedures

3 units

Law 34 - Legal Research (Laboratory)

3 units

36 units

Suggested Course Sequence

Counselor Information

If interested in the Associates of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies or the Certificate of Achievement, please contact the counseling office to make an appointment with either of the following counselors:

Counselor: Ashley Adjei
Email: @email
(818) 364-7655

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Portrait of Sylvia Macias

Sylvia Macias, Esq.

Assistant Professor of Law
Director | Paralegal Studies
Coordinator | Pathway to Law School

Email: @email
Phone: (818) 833-3362

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​​​​​​Vilma Bernal
Chair | Business & Law
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 833-3410

Suzanne Mignosi
Secretary | Business & Law
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 364-7680