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Gain legal knowledge at Humphreys College

The Paralegal Studies Department equips our students with what the need to know to achieve success in productive legal work. The degree program not only provides students with an extensive comprehension of legal terms and procedures, but it also offers a strong foundation in liberal arts and business. The courses are intended to train students to locate employment as legal assistants, paralegals, and many other positions in the business world that may necessitate legal knowledge.

A graduate with a degree in Paralegal Studies can work in places such as:

  • law offices
  • real estate
  • banking
  • estate planning
  • document firms
  • and even government agencies

Many students will choose to continue their education at Humphreys College Lawrence Drivon School of Law, or one of several other law schools in the Central Valley area, and use their Paralegal Studies degree as a starting point on that path.

Classes in Paralegal Studies are held mostly in the evenings, making it more convenient for students with full time jobs. This course of study can lead to a bachelors of arts degree as a major, a supplemental minor, or, after 90 quarter units, a certificate of completion.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies

Upon graduation from the program, the student will:

  • Comprehend the professional and ethical role of a paralegal and the explicit regulations and rules pertaining to the performance of paralegal tasks
  • Display an understanding of the roots and foundation of the American legal system, its structure, administration, and the practicalities of procedural and substantive law
  • Exhibit an ability to understand and use the proper forms and practices related to litigation, trial procedures, and appeals
  • Develop a aptitude in legal research and writing; have sufficient chances to write frequently, as suggested in the Writing across the Curriculum policy adopted department faculty; demonstrate an ability to execute tasks, using the tools of research and writing in preparing an assortment of legal documents
  • Become familiar with the operation and management of a modern law office and the responsibility of a paralegal in that setting
  • Develop a abstract and substantive knowledge of the subjects of torts and contracts
  • Develop routines of critical thinking and the talent to scrutinize and apply the law to specific factual situations

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