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Paralegal Studies Program at Fremont College

Are you detail-oriented, resourceful, and dependable? Are you interested in Law and enjoy research? If so, then it’s time to apply your skills and interests to a career that will work for you. As one of only 29 Paralegal programs in California approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), Paralegal Studies at Fremont College will prepare you in just 15 months for a variety of stable and rewarding careers in the legal field. If you would like to learn more about this exciting career, click on the box below to learn more.

Associate
of
arts
degree

Paralegal Studies

60 Weeks
90 Quarter Units

Our paralegal studies program is...

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REBECCA FRIEDMAN PARALEGAL STUDIES
Fremont College Graduate & Employee

Associate of Arts Degree in
Paralegal Studies

PARALEGAL STUDIES COURSES

Introduction to Law and Ethics

This course provides an introductory survey of American law and jurisprudence, the federal and state judicial systems, and various substantive legal fields. Additional topics of coverage will include client intake interviews, the doctrine of confidentiality and ethical concerns, and the inner workings of a law firm. This course will also provide a review of the professional rules of conduct, and common and specialty areas of practice, in both the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Civil Procedure

Presents a foundational overview of civil procedure while discussing the litigation process and evaluating topics including summary judgments, discovery, interrogatories, depositions, and various components of trial preparation. Introduces the student to the concepts and mechanics of litigation and how to navigate a civil lawsuit from inception through the appeal process. This course will also cover pertinent topics such as sources of American law, informal fact gathering and investigation, case evaluation and strategy, and parties and jurisdiction. Students will be introduced to pleadings, including analysis and practical exercises in motions, including complaints, answers and cross-complaints.

Legal Research and Writing

This course introduces students to the skills necessary to analyze the facts of a case and conduct the requisite legal research, including searching for case and statutory law, and analyzing and presenting those primary sources once located. This course will also introduce the students to the federal and state court systems, and legal authorities such as practice guides, digests and annotated law reports. The students will receive instruction in research skills so the students can produce comprehensive written memorandums, including inter-office memorandums, legal research memorandums and case briefs. Students will also receive training in reference to secondary sources such as legal encyclopedias, periodicals, restatements and treatises

Criminal Law and Procedure

This course presents a foundational overview of criminal law and procedure, and introduces the student to the penal code, crimes and the criminal justice system. The student will learn to differentiate between criminal and civil standards of proof, and how they’re applied. This course will illustrate the distinction between criminal law and criminal procedure, principals of criminal jurisdiction, as well as constitutional limits related to criminal procedure. This course provides a review of criminal law and procedure, and will cover pertinent topics, including types of criminal offenses, defenses to crimes, intent and the result of not meeting the applicable standard of proof. The students will also discuss the components of criminal procedure and how it affects the investigative stages of a case, including the pre-trial and charging stages.

Torts

This course will cover the basic principles of civil liability in tort, including a comprehensive review of intentional torts and the elements of negligence. The student will learn how to effectively apply those elements to establish a prima facie case. This course will present the defenses that a defendant may raise, and the underlying principals and policies justifying and limiting liability. This course will cover the topic of negligence, including the primary defenses to negligence and the effect that they may have on a tort claim. This course will also introduce the student to the concepts of strict and products liability, malpractice, fraud, misrepresentation, and business torts.

Family Law

This course provides an introduction of the legal theories and research materials related to the field of family law and associated matters such as dissolution, legal separation, OSC motions to establish and modify child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and the notice and enforcement of those orders. In this course the students will be introduced to the family code, and how to access and analyze pertinent components of the code. The course will review the principals of community and separate property, as well as the associated property rights and obligations that arise in a marital or domestic partnership. The students will cover how to access judicial council forms, and techniques and practice in preparing those forms which are commonly required in typical family law proceedings.

Advanced Legal Research and Writing

This course introduces the student to advanced legal research and writing, which builds on skills formulated in the introductory courses. This course focuses on legal correspondence, opinion letters, keeping the client advised, the need for clarity and maintaining client files. The student will learn how to gather pertinent and tangible facts, how they relate to hearsay, and evidentiary rules that may have an effect in reference to the admissibility of facts. The student will also learn how to draft a persuasive memorandum in accordance with applicable rules. This course will also cover the drafting legal motions, weaving factual declarations into a legal argument, and preparing captions, and points and authorities. The students will receive enhanced training on notice requirements, filing, e-filing, and proof of service requirements. In addition the student will receive enhanced training in computerized legal research, and how to organize the material they find in a concise and professional manner.

Legal Practice Technology

This course introduces the student to various types of technology that are commonly used in the legal field. The students will receive an overview of computers, word processing, PDF file creation and document assembly. This course will also introduce the student to databases and case management software, as well as spreadsheet, legal timekeeping and billing software. The students will receive instruction on how utilize the internet and computer-assisted legal research with legal search engines such as Westlaw. In addition, the students will receive training in litigation support software and electronic discovery.

Real Property Law

This class provides an overview of real property law including estates in real property, various forms and classifications of ownership, and marketability of title. Additional topics include the rights and duties of landowners, property disputes between neighbors, involuntary liens, and foreclosures. The students will receive instruction in topics including landlord/tenant law, deeds and the transfer of real estate interests, as well as mortgages, title searches and title insurance. This course provides instruction on developing practical skills, including how to research deeds and title, decipher mortgage clauses, and the ethical issues facing legal practitioners in the field.

Employment Law

This course surveys employment law and covers the employer/employee relationship, at will status, employee testing, whistle blowing lawsuits, wage and hour concerns, and benefits. This course will discuss alternative dispute resolution, the civil rights act and affirmative action programs. The students will review other topics in employment law including the FMLA, OSHA, collective bargaining agreements and applicable labor codes and regulations. The class will provide the student with instruction concerning topics including race, age, sexual, disability, gender and wage/hour discrimination, as well as workers’ compensation laws.

Contracts

This course provides a general introduction to the fundamentals of contract law and addresses the necessary formalities to create binding contractual obligations, including the requirements of mutual assent (offer, acceptance), consideration and the statute of frauds. This course will also provide instruction covering capacity, legality and the effect they can have in relation to the validity of a contract, as well as specific conditions that may be included in a contract. The students will cover topics including breach of contract and the associated remedies that may apply. In addition, the student will be introduced to the Uniform Commercial Code and third party contracts, as well as how to draft a contract.

Business Organizations

This course will include an examination of business organizations, including sole proprietorships and general and limited partnerships. The student will also be introduced to the Corporations Code, as well as state and federal securities laws. Other topics that will be covered, include the 121 paralegal's role regarding business enterprises, particularly in the area of facilitating filings with the Secretary of State. The students will review business organizations, corporate structure, management, shareholders, annual and special meetings, and dividends. The course will review what happens when a corporation changes its structure, dissolves/winds-up and what the qualifications are to establish a foreign corporation.

The College of Legal Studies offers an ABA-approved Associate degree in Paralegal Studies that can be completed in as little as 15 months. This program offers a great opportunity to train to become a paralegal and start your career in the field of law. Good paralegals are widely depended on and play an important role in the day-to-day activities of legal teams and lawyers. As responsibilities of paralegals continue to grow, so do opportunities in this important field. And because of the important role paralegals play throughout legal proceedings, it’s highly important to choose the right school for your education.

Each course in our ABA-approved Paralegal program, our expert faculty will provide you with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of both the background and theory of the modern legal system while simultaneously putting your knowledge into practice. You will learn communication, computer, organizational, and research skills specific to the paralegal field.

Through our Real World Learning model, you will conduct research on relevant law, regulations, and legal articles, investigate the facts of cases, draft correspondence and legal documents, gather evidence and write reports for attorney review, and learn how to obtain affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court. In just over a year, you will be able to join our paralegal graduates as colleagues in law firms, corporate legal departments, medical companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and the government.

Discover how the Fremont College of Legal Studies can help you become an important part of a legal team today!
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CAREERS OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES

As a Corporate Paralegal, your job is to ensure that all financial transactions within a corporation are handled properly within the law. Directed by attorneys, the corporate paralegal might draft merger and acquisition documents, prepare paperwork for pleadings, appeals, briefs, and closings, and research legal requirements set forth by local, state, and federal regulations regarding trade, regulations, governance, and employee rights.

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If databases are your thing, consider a career as a Litigation Support Analyst or Litigation Support Specialist. As an analyst you will build, maintain, and troubleshoot databases for large, complex litigations in which the documents and data are far too vast to organize and analyze manually. You work closely with the case team to ensure they have the documents they need.

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As a family law paralegal, you will assist attorneys in legal matters pertaining to child custody, divorce, tax and finances, adoption, social services, and other family-related legal matters. You might conduct interviews with parties involved in domestic disputes, divorces, or child custody, prepare evidence and documents for hearings and trials in family court, and research and confirm collected information for cases. Divorce cases are the primary focus in this field.

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As an immigration paralegal, the skills you learn at Fremont will be used for highly-specialized services pertaining to individuals who seek temporary or permanent legal status in the United States. This might include determining whether clients requesting asylum are eligible for refugee status or helping clients who seek temporary residence show that they will not violate their visas. You will draft and facilitate applications, petitions, letters, affidavits, the translation of foreign documents, and the evaluation of equivalency of foreign degrees.

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As a law clerk, you will offer support to lawyers and judges in a courtroom setting. Some of your duties will include assisting with trials, hearings, and bail motions, providing basic administrative support, researching, preparing, analyzing, and verifying legal documents, and acting as a bailiff or court clerk during hearings.

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*Paralegals may not provide legal service directory to the public, except as permitted by law.

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