Program Overview

The Paralegal Program at Cañada College was developed in cooperation with the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Legal Secretaries Association to train personnel to assist attorneys in both civil and criminal matters. Instruction centers on assisting the attorneys in interviewing clients and preparing legal documents. Courses must be evaluated by a letter grade, not by the Pass grade.


AS Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements
Complete Core Courses, 18 units Units
CBOT 435 Spreadsheets 3 units
LEGL 241 Law Office Management 3 units
LEGL 249 Introduction to the Legal System 3 units
LEGL 250 Legal Research and Writing 3 units
LEGL 252 Civil Litigation and Trial Preparation 3 units
LEGL 261 Legal Ethics 3 units
Selective courses, choose a minimum of 9 units from the following: Units
BUS. 201 Business Law 3 units
LEGL 251 Torts 3 units
LEGL 254 Family Law 3 units
LEGL 260 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3 units
LEGL 263 Intellectual Property Law 3 units
LEGL 264 Contracts 3 units
LEGL 267 Animal Law 3 units
LEGL 272 Immigration Law 3 units
LEGL 276 Electronic Litigation and Investigation 3 units
LEGL 672 Cooperative Education: Internship 1 - 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 27

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.