The Paralegal Studies Certificate of Achievement at Oxnard College is designed to prepare students to be a paralegal with responsibility for assisting attorneys in preparation of cases for trial or arbitration, researching existing laws, and performing a moderate degree of investigation. Upon completing the major requirements for the Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies, students will be prepared for careers under the supervision of an attorney in law offices, corporations, non-profits, government agencies, courts, and other businesses where knowledge of paralegal practice and training as a paralegal is required.
American Bar Association (ABA) Approved Program: The Paralegal Studies Certificate will be granted upon the completion of all required courses and only to students who possess an associate's degree or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. The ABA stresses that Paralegals may not provide legal services directly with the public except as permitted by law.
|Required Core Courses||19|
|BUS R111||Business Law||3|
|LAW R101||Paralegal Fundamentals||3|
|LAW R102||Introduction to Legal Technology||3|
|LAW R103||Communications and Case Management||3|
|LAW R104||Legal Research and Writing I||3|
|LAW R105||Legal Research and Writing II||3|
|LAW R130||Paralegal Seminar||1|
|Complete 12 units from the following two Tracks and Work Experience 1|
|LAW R110||Criminal Law and Procedure||3|
|LAW R121||Family Law||3|
|LAW R124||Probate Law||3|
|LAW R115||Civil Procedure and Litigation||3|
|LAW R120||Real Estate Law||3|
|LAW R122||Immigration Law||3|
|LAW R123||Employment Law||3|
|Work Experience (Optional, up to 3 units max) 2|
|LAW R190||Occupational Cooperative Unpaid Work Experience||3|
|LAW R191||Occupational Cooperative Paid Work Experience||3|
|Total Required Units for Certificate||31|
Students may choose all 12 units within the same Track, or select courses from both Tracks to total 12 units.
Students may enroll in no more than 3 units of work experience to satisfy 3 of the 12 units of electives required for completion of the program.
To complete the Certificate of Achievement, students must also meet requirements in scholarship and residency. Refer to Earn a Certificate of Achievement section in this catalog for specific information.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply rules and principles to new situations in the Paralegal Studies arena.
- Locate appropriate documents and utilize them to develop legal forms of various kinds used in the Paralegal Studies arena.
- Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats while checking, editing, and revising their written work for accurate information, appropriate emphasis, correct citation form and style, and proper grammar on legal documents, memoranda, pleadings and forms.
- Demonstrate familiarity with, and ability to use and write with, appropriate legal terms and legal terminology.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of American system of government, and federal, state and local court systems, and alternative dispute resolution.
- Research California and federal statutes, cases, and court rules appropriate to given factual scenarios.