Paralegal Courses

PARA 18: Legal Analysis

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers how to analyze primary sources of law, including enacted law and court opinions. It focuses on understanding the requirements of the law and applying these requirements to a client’s facts.

PARA 19: Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is an introductory course emphasizing the nature and regulation of the paralegal profession including essential job skills. The curriculum also covers the structure and functions of the federal and state legal systems.

PARA 21: Introduction to American Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an overview of major substantive areas of American Law including contracts, constitutional law, corporations, criminal law, family law, property, wills and estates, and personal injury law.

PARA 22: Civil Litigation Procedures

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: PARA 19

Advisory: PARA 65B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an introduction to law office procedures for handling a civil lawsuit, including interviewing and investigative procedures and the procedural steps taken to prepare a civil litigation case. This course also engages students in practical exercises consisting of the drafting of pleadings and accompanying documents.

PARA 22A: Pre-Trial Procedures

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: PARA 22

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an in-depth and hands-on study of the pre-trial process. The course covers the discovery process, settlement, pre-trial motions, trial preparation, and case management.

PARA 22B: Post Trial Procedures

1 units: lecture 1 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers post trial procedures including lien filings, attachment and collection.

PARA 23: Legal Research and Writing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: PARA 18 and PARA 19 and PARA 68

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an in-depth study of the skills needed by the paralegal to do legal research. The primary emphasis of the course is on how to find statutes and case law applicable to a legal issue. The course also covers analytical skills needed to create a research plan and to communicate research results.

PARA 24A: Writing for Law Practice

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: PARA 18 and PARA 19

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the drafting of law office communications, both hard-copy and email. Topics covered include legal memoranda, persuasive writing, in-house documents, and correspondence. The emphasis is on improving writing, editing, formatting, and communication skills.

PARA 25: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an in-depth study of the ethical rules and regulations that govern all personnel in the legal profession.

PARA 27: Corporate Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course offers an overview of the substantive law regarding corporations and other business entities. The course also provides an introduction to the requirements for compliance with regulations of the SEC and various state agencies as well as tax issues as they relate to different business entities.

PARA 29A: Paralegal Employment Preparation

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: PARA 19

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on job hunting techniques for obtaining paralegal employment and the skills needed to survive and thrive as a paralegal. Pass/No Pass Only.

PARA 29B: Internship

Work Experience Units: 2

Prerequisite: PARA 22 and PARA 23 and PARA 25 and PARA 29A and PARA 65B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

The internship provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the program in a private or corporate office or a government agency while working under the supervision of a member of the California State Bar or a Patent Agent. A minimum of 120 unpaid or 150 paid internship hours is required. Pass/No Pass Only.

PARA 30: Business Contract Law

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of contract law. The student is introduced to issues of contract formation, breach of contract, and contractual remedies. The course also provides experience in the drafting of agreements.

PARA 32: Family Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the laws and procedure for marital dissolution, annulment, legal separation as well as custody and support disputes. Students the opportunity to prepare various family law documents including petitions, applications and declarations.

PARA 33: Paralegal Procedures in Real Estate Law

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the procedures commonly performed by the paralegal in real property practice. The course covers the substantive law of real property and leasehold interest and the rights and duties of landlords and tenants. The curriculum includes instructions in contracts and agency as applicable to real property transactions and related matters including recordation.

PARA 34: Bankruptcy Law and Procedures

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an introduction to bankruptcy law and procedure as well as office procedures and interviewing skills. The course curriculum also covers the preparation of bankruptcy forms for court and trustee filing.

PARA 35A: Practical Procedures for Probate

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the procedures and forms required to process a will through probate.

PARA 36: Will Drafting and Basic Estate Planning

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces basic will drafting and estate planning procedures. Other topics include the terminology, statutes, and case law applicable to this area of law as well as will drafting and other documents related to dispositions of property.

PARA 37: Intellectual Property Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the student to the law of copyright, patent, trademark and trade secrets. It provides an in-depth study of procedural and substantive laws involved in intellectual property

PARA 38: Constitutional Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course examines the United States’ Constitution and Supreme Court cases involving free speech, civil rights, freedom of religion and rights to privacy.

PARA 42: Criminal Trials Techniques for the Paralegal

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

This course provides an in-depth study of the various techniques used in the prosecution and defense of a client during a criminal procedure in the court system. This course also covers the role of the paralegal at various stages of these proceedings.

PARA 43: Law Office Management

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed to introduce the student to the composition of, and the functions performed in, a law office on a day-to-day basis. It includes an in-depth review of various time keeping, accounting and records management systems. In addition, it explores the use of various types of computers and other business machines found in a law office and the different types of software that are utilized.

PARA 65B: Microsoft Word for the Law Office

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: CAPP 31B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the preparation of legal documents, such as contracts, wills, and pleadings, using Microsoft Word features that apply to the law office.

PARA 68: Computer Assisted Legal Research

1.5 unit: lecture 1.5 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: PARA 19

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the basic skills needed to do effective legal research online using either the Internet or a fee-based legal research service, such as Westlaw or LEXIS. Pass/No Pass Only

PARA 70: Employment Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the student to the major substantive areas of employment law, including employment discrimination, wage and hour regulations, wrongful discharge, family and medical leave, employee privacy rights, and safety regulations

PARA 75: Business Compliance Law

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an overview of the principles related to corporate and health care compliance laws.

PARA 76: Immigration and Naturalization Law for Paralegals

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an overview of Immigration and Naturalization laws, with emphases on the history of immigration in the United States. Curriculum also covers the evolution of laws and policies towards aliens, and the interfacing of the administrative agencies responsible for enforcing the law.

PARA 77: Elder Law for Paralegals

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces students to the elder law issues of estate planning, Medicare, Social Security, and guardianship.

PARA 83B: Electronic Evidence Discovery

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: PARA 22

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces and instructs the student in the fundamental skills necessary to the collection, preservation, and production of discoverable evidence in electronic form. Emphasis is on the critical differences between discovery of paper documents and discovery of electronic evidence and metadata. The course is designed for students who want to learn how to comply with discovery rules and document requests while avoiding the common errors that may lead to court sanctions.

PARA 83C: Patent Administration for Paralegals

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: PARA 37

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students are introduced to the patent administration process. They are provided with a step-by-step approach to the role paralegals play in the administration of patents.

PARA 90: Legal Technology

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students with hands on experience using a variety of the most widely used legal software. Pass/No Pass Option.

PARA 92: Trademark Prosecution

1.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This class provides an in-depth review of the legal framework of trademarks and hands-on experience with trademark prosecution.

Last Updated 8/26/20