West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

 

 West Valley College Paralegal Program

               An ABA-Approved Paralegal Program

Program Requirements

Required Courses for both the Certificate & the A.S. Degree - Beginning Fall 2016 

     
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  STACY HOPKINS at stacy.hopkins@wvm.edu  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

PLUS CORE ELECTIVES:

 

Business Oriented Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 27

Corporate Law

3

Para 30

Business Contract Laws

1.5

Para 33

Real Estate Law

3

Para 34

Bankruptcy Law

3

Para 70

Employment Law

3

 

Intellectual Property Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 37

Intellectual Property Overview

3

Para 83C

Patent Administration

3

 

Litigation Skills Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 83B

Electronic Discovery 

1

 

Estate Planning Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 35A

Practical Procedures for Probate

1.5

Para 36

Wills and Estate Planning

3

 

Miscellaneous Legal Specialty Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 32

Family Law

3

Para 38

Constitutional Law

3

Para 41

Torts

3

Para 42

Criminal Trial Techniques

3

Para 76

Immigration Law

3

Para 77

Elder Law

1.5

     

 Courses

     
     
     

 

To be awarded a certificate in Paralegal, a student must:

  1. Have an AA/AS degree or higher in Paralegal or any other subject that meets College standards.

  2. Complete * or more units in Paralegal courses - * in required courses and 6 units in paralegal electives.

To be awarded an A.S. degree in Paralegal, a student must:

  1. Complete * units in Paralegal courses - * in required courses and * units in paralegal electives.

  2. Take additional units to meet both the College and ABA general education graduation requirements. (Check with Counseling.)

NOTE: Students who do not already have a bachelor's degree are strongly encouraged to plan on earning one. A student should choose general education requirements which apply both toward college graduation requirements and toward the bachelor's degree requirements at the four-year institution in which he/she plans to transfer.

Students must see a counselor or the Program Chair about the general education courses that are approved by the American Bar Association for the Paralegal Degree. Eighteen of the 25 units needed to complete the general education requirement for an A.S. degree must be from the A.B.A. approved list.

Students seeking the Paralegal A.S. Degree are strongly urged to begin the general education requirements at the onset of their paralegal degree plan. In particular, students should complete English 1A (College Composition) at the beginning of their program.

 

Transfer of Courses from other Paralegal Programs

Students may use units from other paralegal programs toward earning a WVC Paralegal Program certificate or degree. The following limitations apply to courses accepted for transfer: 

1.12 semester units or less  

2. Courses in which the student earned a "C" or better. .

3. Courses from other ABA-approved paralegal programs.

 

SUGGESTED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

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