Paralegal Program COURSE rEQUIREMENTS

Paralegal Program Course Requirements [PDF]

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 hours:

1. A minimum of 42 semester hours 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 hours of General Education.


Competency Requirements:


The following courses are approved to meet the competency for the Associate Degree for all
students entering beginning Fall 2009.


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 in 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, an A.S. degree, or higher from a regionally-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 hours of required classes. The courses are arranged in a suggested, not mandatory, course sequence.:


FIRST SEMESTER

1) CAOT 84, Word Processing, Keyboarding and Operations
3 semester hours (Required)

2) Speech 101, Oral Communication I

3 semester hours (Required) 

Advisory: English 28, 67, or 101

3) Law 10, Introduction to Legal Assistant I
3 semester hours (Legal Specialty Course - Required)
Corequisite: English 101

4) Library Science 101, Library Research Methods
1 semester hour (Required)


SECOND SEMESTER

1) Law 1, Business Law I
3 semester hours (Required)

2) Law 11, Introduction to Legal Assistant II
3 semester hours (Legal Specialty Course - Required)
Prerequisites: Law 10; Advisory: English 101

3) Law 12, Tort Law and Claims Investigation
3 semester hours (Legal Specialty Course - Required)
Prerequisites: Law 10

4) Law 19, Real Property
3 semester hours (Required)


THIRD SEMESTER

1) Law 2, Business Law II
3 semester hours (Required)

2) Law 17, Legal Writing
3 semester hours (Legal Specialty Course - Required)
Prerequisites: Law 10 and English 101

3) CAOT 93, Legal Document Production
2 semester hours (Required)

4) Paralegal Elective, 3 semester hours (Elective) (See elective list below)
 

FOURTH SEMESTER

1) Law 4, Directed Field Work in Legal Assisting
3 semester hours (Legal Specialty Course - Required)
Prerequisites: Law 10

2) Law 51, Legal Research for Paralegals
3 semester hours (Legal Specialty Course - Required)

Prerequisites: Law 10
3) Paralegal Elective, 3 semester hours (Elective) (See elective list below)
 

ELECTIVES


Law 3, Civil Rights and the Law (Elective)
Law 13, Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration (Elective)
Law 18, Marriage and Family Law (Elective)
Law 33, Law and the Media (Elective)
Law 35, Immigration Law for Paralegals (Elective)
Law 37, Bankruptcy Law (Elective)
Law 38, Criminal Law (Elective)


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


A. Natural Sciences - Minimum three (3) semester hours
Anatomy 1*; Anthropology 101, 111*; Astronomy 1, 5*, 10,11; Biology 1, 3*, 6*, 7*, 25;
Chemistry 51*, 60*, 68*, 101*, 102*, 211*, 212*, 221*; Earth Science 1; Electronics 101;
Environmental Science 1; Family and Consumer Studies 21; Geography 1, 3, 15*; Geology 1, 6*;
Meteorology 3; Microbiology 1*, 20*; Oceanography 1; Physical Science 1, 13, 14*; Physics 1*,
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 hours
 

B1. AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS

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


C. Humanities - Minimum three (3) semester hours

African-American Studies 20, 21, 60; American Sign Language 1, 2, 3, 40; Arabic 1,2, 3;
Armenian 1, 2; Architecture 130, 131; Art 101, 102, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 201, 209, 501;
Asian-American Studies 6; Chicano Studies 44, 52; Chinese 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 21, 22; Cinema 3, 4;
Dance 805; French 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 21, 22; English 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 211, 212, 214, 215,
216, 218, 219, 221, 239, 240, 252, 253, 255, 270; Humanities 6, 8, 20, 30, 31, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47,
48, 61, 63; Italian 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 21, 22; Japanese 1, 2, 3, 4, 21, 22; Korean 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 21, 22;
Linguistics 1; Music 101, 111, , 121, 122, 133, 135, 200; Philosophy 1, 2, 12, 14, 19, 20, 30, 32,
35, 40, 41; Photography 10, 17, 34; Russian 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 12, 21, 22; Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11,
15, 21, 22, 35, 36; Speech 130; Theater 100, 110, 400

 

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

 

D1. ENGLISH COMPOSITION
(Minimum 3 semester hours)
English 28, 31, 101; Journalism 101

 

D2. COMMUNICATION AND ANALYTICAL THINKING
(Minimum 3 semester hours)
Computer Science 101, 103, 108; Computer Technology 1; English 102, 103; Mathematics
124A, 124B, 125, 215, 216, 225, 227, 230, 235, 236, 237, 240, 245, 260, 261, 262, 263, 270,
272, 275; Philosophy 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; Psychology 66; Speech 101, 102, 104, 121


E. Health and Physical Education - Minimum three (3) semester hours.


E1. HEALTH EDUCATION
(Minimum 2 Semester hours)
Health 2 , 8, 10, 11
Note: Health 2 includes the physical education activity


E2. ONE PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITY

(Minimum 1 Semester hour)

Dance Specialties 440, 459; Dance Studies 452; Dance Techniques 400-469; Physical Education
101-649
Authorized Physical Education 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.

  

 

EFFECTIVE: JANUARY 1, 2011