Program Overview

Skyline College's Paralegal Program is ABA approved. The Paralegal, Legal Assistant Associate degree and Paralegal, Legal Assistant certificate programs prepare students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, and other positions in the legal support field.

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.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
LEGL 240 Introduction to Law 3 units
LEGL 245 Paralegal Profession I 3 units
LEGL 250 Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I 3 units
LEGL 252 Civil Litigation I 3 units
LEGL 430 Law Office Technology 3 units
Select a minimum of at least one of the following legal specialty courses: 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
Select a minimum of at least one of the following practicum courses: Units
LEGL 670 Paralegal Internship 3 units
LEGL 290 Community Legal Services Clinic 3 units
COOP 670 Vocational Cooperative Education 3 - 4 units
Total Required Major Units: 21 - 22

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.