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San Diego City College

Gain a successful career in the paralegal field

At San Diego City College, the Paralegal (Legal Assistant) program provides professional training that focuses on occupational competency. Paralegals perform substantive and procedural legal work as authorized by law, which work, in the absence of the paralegal, would be performed by an attorney.

Education and/or work experience gives paralegals the knowledge of the law they need to perform legal work. Paralegals follow a set of established ethical standards and professional responsibility rules. This program is not the same as a pre-law program. It does not facilitate a student to become a lawyer.

The Paralegal Studies at City College offers two programs: an Associate's in Science degree in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies. The associate in science degree program in Paralegal Studies combines a liberal arts foundation with a career concentration in the paralegal area. Students have an opportunity to explore the field of law and to gain knowledge

Students can gain knowledge and develop the skills to perform a wide range of supportive legal functions.They have the opportunity to explore the field of law. All required education classes and paralegal courses for the degree option can be taken at night. The paralegal is capable of taking care of many tasks that are typically performed by an attorney including legal research, organizing documents, interviewing clients and witnesses and preparing forms and pleadings. In order to be sucessful in this profession, strong English skills, computer knowledge and good organizational skills are a must.

Note: Students must finish the curriculum within 5 years or will have to retake specialty classes taken more than 5 years before graduation.





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