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Paralegal (SOC CODE: 23-2011.00)

Job Description Overview

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Related Careers

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Law Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

Sample Job Duties

  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • File pleadings with court clerk.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Paralegal Program Requirements

      Business Division
      Degree S0310

      The paralegal program is intended to prepare students for employment as paralegals in both private and public sectors following graduation. The American Bar Association (ABA) By-Laws Section 21.12 uses the terms paralegal and legal assistant interchangeably referring to persons who, although not members of the legal profession, are qualified through education, training, or work experience and are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the direction and supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated substantive legal work. Paralegals/legal assistants must comply with the legal restrictions in the practice of law by nonlawyer. The California Business & Professions Code, Section 6450 et seq, governs paralegals in California.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      PLGL 30Introduction to Paralegal/Legal3
      PLGL 31ALegal Analysis and Writing3
      PLGL 31BAdvanced Legal Analysis and Writing3
      PLGL 33ACivil Procedure I3
      PLGL 33BCivil Procedure II3
      PLGL 35ALaw Office Procedures3
      PLGL 35BLaw Office Technology3
      PLGL 37Tort Law3
      PLGL 38Employment and Ethical Issues in Paralegalism2
      PLGL 39Contract Law3
      Choose two courses from the following:6
      PLGL 40
      Landlord-Tenant Law
      PLGL 41
      Property Law
      PLGL 42
      Family Law
      PLGL 43
      Wills and Trusts
      PLGL 44
      Bankruptcy Law
      PLGL 45
      Creditors' Rights
      PLGL 48
      Criminal Law and Procedures
      PLGL 49
      Evidence Law
      PLGL 50
      Comparative Law
      BUSL 18
      Business Law
      or BUSL 18H
      Business Law - Honors
      BUSL 19
      Advanced Business Law
      BUSL 20
      International Business Law
      Total Units35

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