Approved by the American Bar Association
A Growing Profession
The paralegal profession has grown tremendously since it first appeared in the mid-1960's. Now, there are more than 224,000 paralegals working in the United States. Additionally, paralegal jobs are projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014, equating to a growth rate of 27% or more.
Presently, paralegals are involved in sophisticated legal work in traditional law office settings, in corporations, in government, and in other public arenas. The occupation has achieved recognition and has moved rapidly to professional stature.
*Please note: The Mt. SAC Paralegal/Legal Assistant Associate in Science Degree program is approved by the ABA and is the only Mt. SAC program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The eDiscovery and Litigation Support Certificate is a separate and distinct certificate which does not prepare students for a career as a paralegal and is not approved by the ABA nor is it an approved program option of the Paralegal Degree.
A paralegal shall perform work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California or other entity authorized under California law. A paralegal may not provide legal advice or engage in conduct that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. (Business & Professions Code §§ 6450, 6451).
Why Mt. SAC?
Approved by American Bar Association
The Paralegal Program at Mt. SAC stresses practical application and the development of job skills as well as legal theory. The program is designed to enhance the ability of students to reason, understand and apply correct legal principles by teaching analytical and critical thinking skills as opposed to rote learning.
As a California community college, Mt. SAC is able to offer students Paralegal courses at affordable tuition and simultaneously provide our students an opportunity to transfer to a four-year institution.
Entry Level Employment
The Paralegal Program at Mt. SAC prepares students for employment as paralegals in both private and public sectors following graduation. Graduates of the program can work under the direction and supervision of an actively licensed attorney in the state, but may not work directly with members of the public without such supervision. Obtaining a paralegal degree does not entitle anyone to practice law or to hold themselves out to members of the public as being able to do so.
Dr. Catherine McKee
Dr. Abby Wood