The Paralegal Studies Certificate may be awarded to those students completing the required coursework, and that have an Associate in Science Degree, an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. All students with an associate degree must have their transcripts evaluated for General Education requirements as listed in the General Education requirements for the Associate in Science degree in Paralegal Studies. The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). An additional 6 units must be chosen from the restricted electives listed below. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. At least one-half of the units toward the certificate must be completed at Fullerton College. This certificate requires a total of 27 units.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate ethical requirements required of a paralegal as required by state law and apply rules of professional conduct to resolve any issues.
Outcome 2: Research and perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney in any legal environment in any state in the United States.
Outcome 3: Differentiate and describe the organization and function of the United States’ Judicial, Executive and Legislative branches of government.
Outcome 4: Demonstrate sensitivity through adaptability and flexibility in working with a diverse group of people from every socioeconomic level.
Outcome 5: Use computers and other technology for document production, law office management, trial preparation, and other tasks performed by paralegals.