Our Paralegal Program is a leader in providing practical and comprehensive courses
to those interested in entering the paralegal profession. The Mt. SAC Paralegal Program
is approved by the Standing Committee on Paralegals of the American Bar Association
and meets the high standards established by that body. Our program incorporates recommendations
from distinguished members of our Advisory Committee, local attorneys, practicing
paralegals, educators, and local paralegal associations.
Our A.S. Degrees in Paralegal Studies ensures thorough preparation for a paralegal career by including courses in Legal Research, Writing, Civil Procedure, Law Office Procedures, Automated Law Office Procedures, Torts, Contracts, Property, Family Law, Bankruptcy and other areas.
NOTE: The Mt. SAC Paralegal Program is intended to prepare students for employment as paralegals in both private and public sectors following graduation. Section 21.12 of the American Bar Association's (“ABA”) By-Laws 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 on the practice of law by nonlawyers. This includes restrictions which prohibit paralegals from working directly with members of the general public; all work must be performed under the direction and supervision of licensed attorneys. Moreover, obtaining a paralegal degree from Mt. SAC does not entitle anyone to practice law or to hold themselves out to members of the public as being able to do so.