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 and the A.S. Degree

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 18

Legal Analysis

3

Para 19

Intro to Paralegal Studies

3

Para 21

Intro to American Law

3

Para 22

Civil Litigation

3

Para 23

Research and Writing

3

Para 24

Advanced Research and Writing

3

Para 25

Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility

1.5

Para 29A

Paralegal Employment Preparation (beginning Fall 2014)

1

Para 29B

Internship - 120 - 150 hours in the field (beginning Fall 2014)

2

Para 40

Advanced Civil Litigation

3

Para 65B

Word Processing for the Law Office

3

 

PLUS CORE ELECTIVES:Select a total of 12 units from Program electives.Note: These are the current program electives. Not all electives are offered every semester and new electives, not on this list, may be created in the future. Check the current semester schedule to see what electives are being offered.

 

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

3

Para 83C

Patent Administration

3

 

Litigation Skills Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 43

Law Office Management

3

Para 81C

Legal Correspondence

1

Para 83B Electronic Discovery

1

 

Technology Skills Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 83B

Electronic Discovery

1

CA 46B

Presentation, Power Point

1

CA 62B

Beg. Spreadsheets, MS Excel

1

CA 81B

Beg. Database, MS Access

1

 

Probate Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 35A

Practical Procedures for Probate

1.5

Para 36

Wills and Estate Planning

3

 

Research Skills Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

Para 66

Legal Research on the Internet

.5

Para 67

Introduction to Legal Database Services (Lexis)

1

 

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 72 Elder Law

1.5

Para 76

Immigration Law

3

 

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 40.5 or more units in Paralegal courses - 28.5 in required courses and 12 units in paralegal electives.

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

  1. Complete 40.5 units in Paralegal courses - 28.5 in required courses and 12 units in paralegal electives.

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

NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to plan for eventually earning a bachelor's degree. 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.

SUGGESTED SEQUENCE - varies depending on whether your first semester is Fall or Spring:

 

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester

Para 19

Para 18

0 - 1 Para Elective

Para 21

Para 22

Para 65B

1 - 2 Para Electives

Para 23

Para 40

1-2 Para Electives

Para 24

Para 25

Para 29

1-2 Para Electives

 

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