The paralegal studies program is designed to train students to assist lawyers in private firms, legal departments of companies, or governmental agencies. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the student will have the ability to apply theories and principles of law to prepare and interpret legal documents, draft pleadings including court forms, prepare for litigation, and apply legal ethics and case management techniques in a legal environment. Students will also develop skills for client interaction and legal research, including on-line legal research. Competency will be assessed regularly by examinations and assignments. This program is approved by the American Bar Association.
This program does not prepare students for law school or the practice of law. “No person shall practice law in this state unless he/she is an active member of the State Bar.” Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code, § 6125.
Entrance to the program is gained by successful completion of LAW 11 , Introduction to Legal Research.
The American Bar Association has specific course requirements for 18 units of general education. All students in this program must consult a counselor for courses that satisfy the 18 units of general education.
For Gainful Employment program information, please visit www.elcamino.edu/academics/business/paralegal.