Legal Assistant (Paralegal)

There is currently no program in Legal Assistant or Paralegal at City College. The following courses are offered and may be used as Associate Degree electives.



Legal Assistant (LEGL)

100A Introduction to Paralegalism - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Legal Assistant 100.
This introductory course for students entering the paralegal program provides an overview of the paralegal's role in the workplace and legal system. Topics include controversies within the profession, ethics and responsibilities, sources of law, legal research technology, and an introduction to federal and state court systems.  (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

100B Legal Procedures - 2 hours lecture, 2 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Legal Assistant 100A with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Legal Assistant 100, Administration of Justice 105, or Business 180.
This core course provides an overview of the various legal specialties offered within the paralegal program. Topics include litigation, torts, bankruptcy, family law, contract law, corporate law, trusts and wills, federal court practices and procedures, legal writing, immigration and legal research. Students learn specialized legal terminology and technology. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

105 Legal Research - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Administration of Justice 107 or Business 181.
This core course introduces students to legal research. Topics include an overview of research methods used, the primary and secondary sources available, an understanding of official and unofficial opinions, a review of binding and persuasive authority, the Shepard's system of validating cases and statutes, use of Internet research, and an introduction to LexisNexis and Westlaw. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

110 Legal Writing & Communications - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Legal Assistant 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Administration of Justice 108 or Business 182.
This core course covers legal writing and oral communication. Topics include case analysis, legal reasoning, brief writing, legal memoranda, reports, and correspondence. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

115 Civil Litigation - Procedures - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Legal Assistant 109 or Business 183.
This course introduces students to the civil litigation process. Students examine the basic principles of civil procedures as applicable to both plaintiffs and defendants in the California court system. Other topics include jurisdiction, venue, discovery and preparation of pleadings. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

120 Tort Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Administration of Justice 110 or Business 184.
This core course introduces students to the broad area of civil wrongs and their appropriate remedies. Topics include tort law principles in the traditional areas of intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, product liability, nuisance, and commonly employed defenses. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

140 Law Office Management and Technology - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course examines systems and procedures for law office management and administration. Students learn how paralegals use computer systems and legal software applications to make their jobs easier and improve their value to employers. Topics include file management, personnel issues, computer systems, timekeeping and billing, case management/calendaring/docket control, litigation support, and legal ethics. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal or others interested in law office management and administration. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

145 Federal Court Practices and Procedures - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory:
Legal Assistant 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Administration of Justice 112 or Business 186.
This course presents the legal practices and procedures utilized in federal court. Topics include criminal, civil, bankruptcy, and appellate procedures. The course emphasizes rules of practice to help students develop the skills legal assistants utilize in law offices. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

150 Criminal Litigation and Procedure - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Administration of Justice 113 or Business 187.
This course provides students with an understanding of criminal litigation practice and procedure. Topics include the criminal court system, criminal investigation and prosecution, discovery and investigation, pre-trial motions, trial preparation and procedures, and post-trial motions and relief. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

155 Employment Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Legal Assistant 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or 110 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course provides an overview of the legal relationship between employer and employee. It also provides a basic understanding of employmentrelated laws and the impact those laws have on employers and employees. Students learn about both the federal and state regulatory environment as it applies to employment law. Topics include pre-employment concerns, legal aspects of the employer/employee relationship, discrimination issues and actions, terminations, and ethical issues in employment law. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

160 Bankruptcy Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory:
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 105 or Legal Assistant 110 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Business 265: Bankruptcy Law.
This course is a specialty elective in the Legal Assistant program that focuses on bankruptcy law and procedures. It covers commencement of a case, preparing of schedules, operating and liquidating procedures, adversary matters and litigation in bankruptcy court, and debtors' and creditors' rights and obligations. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

165 Family Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Business 265.
This course is a specialty elective in the Legal Assistant program that focuses on domestic relations law and its application to family situations. Topics include formation of the marital relationship, dissolution, child custody and support, adoption, abortion, paternity, and domestic violence. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

170 Corporate Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 48 and English 49 each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Business 265.
This course introduces students to the various forms of business enterprises, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. The course focuses on the legal steps and forms needed to create, maintain, and dissolve each type of business with an emphasis on corporations. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

175 Estates, Trusts, and Wills - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course identifies responsibilities and duties that paralegals perform under estate attorney supervision. Students review estate administration legal principles and terminology. They also study the procedural steps required to complete the administration, including current federal and state tax consequences. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal or others interested in estate administration. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

180 Contract Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills for drafting and interpreting different types of contracts. Topics include elements of a contract, performance and breach issues, defenses to formation and enforcement, contract remedies, and third party contracts. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

200 Elder Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory:
Legal Assistant 105 or Legal Assistant 110 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This specialty elective in the Legal Assistant program focuses on legal issues that affect older people. Topics include financial and estate planning, health care, personal planning and protection, and consumer protection. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal or those seeking employment in law firms handling elder law and senior care housing facilities. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210 Immigration Law - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent .
Advisory: Legal Assistant 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course provides an overview of the laws of immigration and naturalization. Topics include the history of immigration, the evolution of this country’s policies toward aliens, and the interplay of the three administrative agencies which administer immigration and naturalization laws: the Justice Department, Labor Department and State Department. This course is intended for students majoring in Paralegal or anyone interested in immigration law. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.