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)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 100A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
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 Administration of Justice 107 or Business 181.
This core course introduces students to legal research. Topics include research methods, primary and secondary sources, official and unofficial opinions, binding and persuasive authority, the Shepard’s system of validating cases and statutes, 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)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Legal Assistant 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
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 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)

Prerequisite: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
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 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.

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

Prerequisite: Legal Assistant 100B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
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.

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 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.