Paralegal Program COURSE rEQUIREMENTS

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WHAT ARE THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM AT LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE?

 

In order to graduate from the Paralegal Program, a student must meet the requirements to receive an Associates in Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies.

 

The Associates in Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies consists of classes totaling 60 semester units:

 

1. A minimum of 42 semester units of required classes, 18 of which are designated as “legal specialty - required courses.” A legal specialty course is a course that (1) covers substantive law or legal procedures or process, (2) has been developed for paralegals, and (3) emphasizes practical paralegal skills.

 

2. A minimum of 18 semester units of General Education (Plan B).

 

Competency Requirement:

Students must demonstrate competence in reading, in written expression, and in mathematics. The following courses are approved to meet the competency requirement for the Associate Degree as defined in Board Rule 6201.12.

 

A. Reading and Written Expression

1. Competence in Reading and Written Expression shall be demonstrated by achieving a grade of “C” or better in English 101 or its equivalent at another college.

 

B. Mathematics

1. Competence in Mathematics shall be demonstrated by achieving a grade of “C” or better in Math 125 or Math 124A and Math 124B or higher or its equivalent at another college.

 

A student who has earned an A.A. degree or higher from an accredited post-secondary institution, must have their transcripts evaluated to determine if some or all of their general education course work meets the requirements for an A.A. Degree in Paralegal Studies at Los Angeles City College.

 

The following is a list of the 42 semester units of required classes. The courses are arranged in a suggested, not mandatory, course sequence.:

 

FIRST SEMESTER

 

¨ CAOT 84, Word Processing, Keyboarding and Operations

3 semester units (Required) Offered every semester.

 

¨ Communication Studies 101, Oral Communication I

3 semester units (Required) Offered every semester.


¨ Law 10, Introduction to Legal Assistant I

3 semester units (Legal Specialty - Required) Offered every semester.

Corequisite: English 101

 

¨ Library Science 101, Library Research Methods

1 semester unit (Required) Offered every semester.

 

SECOND SEMESTER

 

¨ CAOT 93, Legal Document Production*

2 semester units (Required)

 

*Note: Law 14 can be substituted for this class. However, you will need a General Petition signed by Wil Vargas in order to do so.

 

¨ Law 1, Business Law I

3 semester units (Required) Offered every semester.

 

¨ Law 11, Introduction to Legal Assistant II

3 semester units (Legal Specialty - Required) Offered every semester.

Prerequisites: Law 10

 

¨ Law 19, Property and Creditor’s Rights

3 semester units (Required) Offered during the Spring Semester.

 

THIRD SEMESTER

 

¨ Law 2, Business Law II

3 semester units (Required) Offered every semester.

 

¨ Law 12, Tort Law and Claims Investigation

3 semester units (Legal Specialty - Required) Offered during the Fall Semester.

Prerequisites: Law 10

 

¨ Paralegal Elective, 3 semester units (Elective) (See electives list below)

 

FOURTH SEMESTER

 

¨ Law 4, Directed Field Work in Legal Assisting

3 semester units (Legal Specialty - Required) Offered during the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Law 10

 

 


¨ Law 17, Legal Writing

3 semester units (Legal Specialty - Required) Offered during the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Law 10 and English 101

 

¨ Law 51, Legal Research for Paralegals

3 semester units (Legal Specialty - Required) Offered during the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Law 10

 

¨ Paralegal Elective, 3 semester units (Elective) (See electives list below)

 

ELECTIVES (You need two electives.)

 

¨ Law 3, Civil Rights and the Law (Elective) Offered every semester.

¨ Law 7, Street Law (Elective) [Pending approval] Offered every semester.

¨ Law 13, Wills, Trusts, and Probate Admin. (Elective) Offered during the Spring Semester.

¨ Law 14, Law Office Management (Elective) Offered every semester.

¨ Law 18, Marriage and Family Law (Elective) Offered during the Spring Semester.

¨ Law 33, Law and the Media (Elective) Offered every semester.

¨ Law 35, Immigration Law for Paralegals (Elective) Offered during the Fall Semester.

¨ Law 37, Bankruptcy Law (Elective) Offered during the Fall Semester.

¨ Law 38, Criminal Law and Procedure (Elective) Offered during the Fall Semester.

 

The paralegal student must select and successfully complete a minimum of eighteen (18) semester units in General Education (Plan B) in each of the following areas:

 

¨ A. Natural Sciences - Minimum three (3) semester units

 

Anatomy 1*; Anthropology 101, 111*; Astronomy 1, 5*, 11; Biology 3*, 6*, 7*, 25; Chemistry 60*, 68*, 101*, 102*, 211*, 212*, 221*; Earth Science 1; Electronics 101; Family and Consumer Studies 21; Geography 1, 15*; Geology 1, 2, 6*; Meteorology 3; Microbiology 1*, 20*; Oceanography 1; Physical Science 1, 14*; Physics 6*, 7*, 11*, 12, 14*, 21*, 22*, 101*, 102*, 103*; Physiology 1*; Psychology 2

 

* Denotes classes with laboratories

 

¨ B. Social and Behavioral Sciences - Minimum three (3) semester units

 

B1. AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS

 

African-American Studies 4, 5, 7; Chicano Studies 7, 8; History 11, 12, 13, 81, 82; Political Science 1, 19

 

 


¨ C. Humanities - Minimum three (3) semester units

 

African-American Studies 20, 60; American Sign Language 1, 2, 3; Arabic 1, 2; Armenian 1, 2; Art 107, 111, 201, 209, 501; Art History 103, 110, 120, 130, 139, 140, 151, 171; Chicano Studies 44; Chinese 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; Cinema 3, 4; Communication Studies 130; Dance 805; French 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; English 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 218, 219, 239, 240, 252, 253, 255, 270; Humanities 6, 8, 20, 30, 31, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 61; Italian 1, 2; Japanese 1, 2, 3, 4, 9; Korean 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; Linguistics 1; Music 101, 111, , 121, 122, 135, 200; Philosophy 1, 14, 20, 30, 32, 40; Photography 10, 17, 34; Russian 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 12; Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 35, 36; Theater 100, 110, 338, 400

 

D. Language and Rationality - Minimum six (6) semester units in the following pattern. (Select one course from each area.)

 

¨ D1. ENGLISH COMPOSITION

(Minimum 3 semester units)

 

English 28, 101; E.S.L. 8; Journalism 101

 

¨ D2. COMMUNICATION AND ANALYTICAL THINKING

(Minimum 3 semester units)

 

Communication Studies 102, 104, 121; Computer Science 101, 103, 108; Computer Technology 1; English 102, 103; Mathematics 124A, 124B, 125, 215, 216, 225, 227, 230, 236, 237, 240, 245, 260, 261, 262, 263, 270, 272, 275; Philosophy 5, 6, 8, 9; Psychology 66, 74

 

E. Health and Kinesiology - Minimum three (3) semester units.

 

¨ E1. HEALTH EDUCATION

(Minimum 2 Semester units)

 

Health 2 , 8, 11; Note: Health 2 includes the physical education activity

 

¨ E2. ONE KINESIOLOGY ACTIVITY

(Minimum 1 Semester hour)

 

Dance Specialties; Dance Studies; Dance Techniques; Kinesiology

*Authorized kinesiology activity exemptions include: a. Medical exemption;

b. Extenuating Circumstances; c. Licensed Registered Nurse; d. Students who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States (DD 214)

 

All course work must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Revised February 24, 2015