Admission Information

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Who Can Enroll?

Prospective students must hold at least an Associate's degree in any field, from an accredited institution. In lieu of such degree, students may have completed the equivalent of the lower division, general education units of a bachelor's or associate's program (that is, 63 quarter units, or 42 semester units, of college training, of which 27 quarter units, or 18 semester units must be in general education). Further, to demonstrate the level of writing competency required in the program, students must have completed the equivalent of "freshman composition" with a grade of "C" or better.

Application Process and Academic Advisement

Prospective students must hold at least an Associate's degree in any field, from an accredited institution. In lieu of such degree, students may have completed the equivalent of the lower division, general education units of a bachelor's program (that is, 58 quarter units, or 44 semester units, of college training, of which 27 quarter units, or 18 semester units must be in general education). Further, to demonstrate the level of writing competency required in the program, students must have completed the equivalent of "freshman composition" with a grade of "C" or better.

For applicants who completed their academic requirements outside of the United States, an acceptableTOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper-based; or 79-80 internet-based test, must be submitted to demonstrate the applicant's level of proficiency in English satisfactory to the academic level of this program.

Prospective students must file the application for admission and must submit official transcripts with their application to the program that verify their meeting these requirements for admission.

Transfer applicants should note that a maximum of 2 courses (that is, 8 quarter units, or the equivalent of 6 semester units) may be transferred for credit from another ABA-approved paralegal program, with the written approval of the Advisement Coordinator. For purposes of such transfer, however, non-paralegal specific courses, such as Business Law; Constitutional Law; and Criminal Justice, are not eligible for transfer.

Mandatory Advisement for New Students. Students who are accepted to the Paralegal Studies program will receive an e-mail informing them that they have met all the requirements for admission, and that they may begin study in an upcoming quarter. However, before being permitted to register for classes, students must make an appointment for academic advisement. This required advisement appointment is to allow students, in consultation with a program adviser, to complete a Program Plan (available on this website) indicating their anticipated sequence of taking courses. Students may make an advisement appointment with program director, Jeffrey Brandt, at (323) 343-4847. A completed program plan is subject to modification with the approval of the program adviser, but such plan must be on file before a student may initially register for classes.

I. General Track

This track is designed to give the student a general background to function as a paralegal in a variety of legal settings, with some emphasis placed on the ability to draft legal documents and write effective legal memoranda. Courses required for this track are as follows: (Quarters offered are subject to change to accommodate scheduling of instructors.)

Course NumberCourse NameUnits

Quarter(s)
offered

PLS 750

Role of Paralegal

4

Fall, W, Sp, Su

PLS 752

Legal Research

4

F, W, Sp, Su

PLS 755

Law Office Technology

4

F, W ,Sp ,Su

PLS 760

Civil Procedure I

4

W, Sp

PLS 753
(reqd. for this track)

Legal Writing

4

Sp, Fall

Plus, any three electives, such as Family Law; Probate Procedures; Real Estate Law; Criminal Law; Immigration; or the Legal Practicum, Internship quarter.
 

II. Litigation Track

This track prepares a student to work in litigation practice, where more paralegals are currently employed than in any other area of law.  Students receive significant instruction and grounding in the rules of procedure that relate to filing a legal action, preparing a case for trial, and assisting in the motions and preparation of evidence for the trial itself. Courses required for this track are as follows: (Quarters offered are subject to change to accommodate scheduling of instructors.)

Course NumberCourse NameUnitsQuarter(s) offered

PLS 750

Role of Paralegal

4

Fall, W, Sp, Su

PLS 752

Legal Research

4

F , W, Sp, Su

PLS 755

Law Office Technology

4

F, W, Sp , Su

PLS 760

Civil Procedure I

4

W, Sp

PLS 761

Civil Procedure II

4

Sp, Su

PLS 762

Civil Procedure III

4

F, Sp, Su

Plus, any two electives, such as Family Law; Probate Procedures; or the Legal Practicum, Internship quarter.  (Note:  taking 2 electives from the Corporate track may qualify the student for a “dual” specialty in Litigation and Corporate practice.)
 

III. Corporate Track

This track prepares students to work in “in-house” corporate law departments or for law firms that represent corporate clients. Training in the steps required to organize a California corporation, and to create and maintain corporate documents. Advanced course covers corporate financing through the issuance of stock and other securities. Courses required for this track are as follows: (Quarters offered are subject to change to accommodate scheduling of instructors.)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnitsQuarter(s) offered
PLS 750Role of Paralegal4Fall, W, Sp, Su
PLS 752Legal Research4F, W, Sp, Su
PLS 755Law Office Technology4F, W, Sp , Su
PLS 760Civil Procedure I4F*, W, Sp
PLS 766Corporate I4F, Sp
PLS 767Corporate II4W, Su
PLS 768Securities Regulation4Alternate Summers

(*Except Fall 2012)

Plus, any two electives, such as Real Estate for the Paralegal; Intellectual Property/Entertainment Law; Income Tax; Bankrupty, or the Legal Practicum/internship quarter. (Note:  taking 2 electives from the Litigation track may qualify the student for a “dual” specialty in Corporate and Litigation practice.)

IV. Legal Technology Track (New as of Fall 2011)

The Legal Technology track prepares paralegals for the dramatic impact the technology explosion has had on legal practice. Students learn the specialized software developing to support litigation practice from the electronic filing of pleadings, through the discovery and investigative process, up through graphic presentations at trial. Developments in Cyberlaw, including criminal activity of hacking and computer mischief, and issues of e-commerce are also covered in this innovative track, which may be useful to experienced paralegals, or students in other tracks, on a single course basis, as well as students taking a series of courses to attain the specialty designation. Courses required for this track are as follows: (Quarters offered are subject to change to accommodate scheduling of instructors.)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnitsQuarter(s) offered
PLS 750Role of Paralegal4Fall, W, Sp, Su
PLS 752Legal Research4F, W, Sp, Su
PLS 755Law Office Technology4F, W, Sp Su
PLS 760Civil Procedure I4F* , W, Sp
PLS 761Civil Procedure II4W**, Sp, Su
Plus 3 electives from among:   
PLS 764Applied Legal Technology4F, Sp
PLS 765Computer Forensics4W
PLS 771Trial Technology4W
PLS 772Data Base Design and e-Discovery4Su
PLS 772Cyberlaw2F (not yet offered)
PLS 769On-line Dispute Resolution2F (not yet offered)

(*Except Fall 2012)
(**Except Winter 2013)