Program Overview

The Paralegal, Legal Assistant Associate's Degree and Paralegal, Legal Assistant Certificate programs prepare students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, and legal support professionals.

Certification Eligibility Requirements: Paralegal Studies Program. In adherence with the American Bar Association's Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, to earn a Certificate or an Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies, all students must take at least ten semester credits of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction at Skyline College. This requirement applies to all students including those seeking to transfer credits from another institution. For more information, visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals.html.

Paralegal Studies (AA) Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
LEGL 240 Introduction to Law 3 units
LEGL 245 Paralegal Profession I 3 units
LEGL 247 Paralegal Profession II 3 units
LEGL 250 Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I 3 units
LEGL 252 Civil Litigation I 3 units
LEGL 354 Civil Litigation II 3 units
LEGL 430 Law Office Technology 3 units
LEGL 290 Community Legal Services Clinic 3 units
OR
LEGL 670 Paralegal Internship 3 units
OR
COOP 670 Vocational Cooperative Education 3 units
Plus a selection of 3 units from the following approved electives: Units
LEGL 260 Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis II 3 units
LEGL 275 Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties 3 units
LEGL 304 Concepts of Criminal Law 3 units
LEGL 306 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3 units
LGST 200 Restorative Justice 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 33

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.