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ABA approved Paralegal Degree Program

Earn your associate degree in 15 months

  • The program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Over 80,000 new job openings between 2014 and 2024 *
  • Learn about civil procedure, criminal law, family law, and employment law
  • Work as a Paralegal, Law Clerk, or Litigation Support Analyst

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

Train for a rewarding career as a Paralegal

You want a career that is stable and rewarding. You have an interest in law, excellent research skills, and pay close attention to detail. You have the ability to be objective, communicate clearly and precisely, and work well under pressure. You want to know how to become a paralegal in southern California but are not sure how to get started. If this sounds like you, the Paralegal Studies program at Fremont College is an excellent choice, and one of only a number of Paralegal programs in California that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). If you’re ready to get more information about our paralegal education simply fill out the form on this page to learn more. Through our College of Legal Studies in Cerritos, California, you can enroll in our ABA-approved paralegal program where you will receive the best training possible preparing you for an exciting career in the field of law. Graduates of our paralegal program are professional, knowledgeable, and articulate, obtaining jobs with well-known companies in southern California or elsewhere where they may experience high job satisfaction. Whether you’re looking for a career change or just starting out, a Paralegal career is a smart choice. Unlike paralegal certificate programs, our paralegal education allows you to get a degree after graduation. Our fast-paced school offers a paralegal program that allows you to get your degree in just 15 months. Our paralegal studies program is ideal for residents of both Los Angeles County and Orange County.

*A paralegal degree is not a license to practice law.

Are Paralegals in Demand?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be over 80,000 Paralegal job openings between 2014 and 2024. * Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

Important Qualities of a Paralegal

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Paralegals must be able to document and present their research and related information to their supervising attorney.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Paralegals need to be familiar with using computers for legal research and litigation support. They also use computer programs for organizing and maintaining important documents.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Paralegals spend most of their time working with clients and other professionals, and must be able to develop good relationships. They must make clients feel comfortable sharing personal information related to their cases.

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS

Paralegals may be responsible for many cases at one time. They must adapt quickly to changing deadlines.

RESEARCH SKILLS

Paralegals need good research and investigative skills to conduct legal research.

What Does A Paralegal Do?

  • Conduct research on relevant law, regulations, and legal articles
  • Investigate the facts of a case
  • Draft correspondence and legal documents, such as contracts and mortgages
  • Gather evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Write reports to help lawyers prepare for trials
  • Obtain affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court

Where Do Paralegals Work?

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Medical companies and hospitals
  • Real estate and title insurance companies
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations

* Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law

Fremont Difference

Our ABA-approved Paralegal program is designed to 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 while attending paralegal school. At Fremont College, our accelerated program will allow you to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies in just a little over one year. Start training in a rewarding new career and become a paralegal. To learn how you can earn your paralegal degree, contact us for more information today.

 

  • Paralegal Studies Associate of Arts Degree
    Paralegal Studies encompasses many facets of the law and includes, but is not limited to, property, employment law, family law, torts, civil procedures, contracts, and legal research and writing. This ABA approved Paralegal Studies Associate of Arts Degree program provides training in conducting research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles; drafting correspondence and legal documents; gathering evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation; report writing; and processes for obtaining affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court. The expected completion time for this program is 15 months.

 

  • Vocational Objective
    Graduates of the Paralegal Studies program are eligible for entry-level positions in local, state, and federal government agencies and departments, as well as law firms, legal aid services, finance and insurance companies. Specific jobs with these employers include corporate paralegal, litigation paralegal, family law paralegal, law clerk, and litigation support analyst.(Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.) Learning Outcomes Graduates of the program will be able to: 1. Demonstrate proficiency in legal writing skills. 2. Identify and interpret the fundamental concepts of substantive and procedural law. 3. Apply oral and written communication skills appropriate to the legal profession. 4. Analyze and apply the law to the facts. 5. Recognize ethical dilemmas and identify rules and laws governing the conduct of paralegals. 6. Employ software applications and technology commonly used in the legal environment. 7. Demonstrate proficiency in research skills utilized by paralegals

 

  • Graduation Requirements To earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies
    Students must: • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, with no grade lower than a 1.00 for any course that applies to the program. • Complete a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours, comprised of a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours in core classes and a minimum of 30 quarter credit hours in general education courses, including GE120, GE129, GE133 and GE139 (or equivalent). • Legal Specialty Requirement: Students must complete a minimum of 60 quarter units in PA courses. Students must fulfill a minimum 15 quarter credits of legal specialty courses at Fremont College. • Meet their financial obligations. Students who fail to meet these obligations may have their diploma or degree withheld. Fremont College does not require a cumulative final test or examination for the completion of this program.

 

  • Transfer of Credit Policies for Legal Specialty Courses
    Students who have completed equivalent legal specialty courses from an ABA-approved program, matching at least 80% of course description the current course catalog, may obtain transfer credit to fulfill the program requirements incomparable legal specialty courses subject to the minimum residency requirements, provided that the student provides official transcripts verifying the successful completion of this coursework to the Registrar prior to commencing any legal specialty courses at Fremont College. Courses will be eligible for transfer only if they were completed with a grade of C- or higher and within the past 3 years. Students must fulfill a minimum 15 quarter credits of legal specialty courses at Fremont College. Credit for Experiential Learning Fremont College does not offer credit for life experience or prior experiential learning.
ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Program

Fremont College is one of only 29 ABA-approved Paralegal schools in California.

Accelerated Degree Program

Complete Fremont College’s Paralegal Studies program in just 15 months.

Mentoring From Expert Instructors

Receive expert help from our staff of highly-trained instructors, whose industry skills and work experience enhance the students’ learning experience.

Flexible Scheduling

Complete your program with day or evening courses on campus.

Student Collaboration

Work with your fellow students to learn and grow together.

Career Services

Receive expert career advice and assistance to help you find a job in your field.

Real-world Legal Training

Students conduct legal research, perform real-world problem solving, and participate as a member of an active legal team.

Small Class Sizes

Learn in a small class setting with more one-on-one instructor interaction.

Peer Tutoring

Get help from your fellow students at no cost.

Essential Courses

  • Introduction to Law and Ethics
  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Torts
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Legal Practice Technology
  • Real Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts
  • Immigration Law

Companies Who Have Hired Our Paralegal Alumni

What Are the Types of Paralegal Careers?

Before you decide to enroll in a paralegal degree and begin learning more about law, you might be wondering what a paralegal does as well as careers for paralegal degree majors. Paralegals essentially help attorneys. This might include preparing for trials, hearings and administrative meetings. While a paralegal may not provide legal advice, they can be an important part of a legal team. Not only do paralegals work for law firms, but they may also provide assistance to legal and finance departments in large companies as well as in governmental and nonprofit organizations. So, there is tremendous scope for paralegals to work as part of different types of companies and organizations who might have a need for different paralegal positions. Business paralegals: This is an area of law that some paralegal graduates might decide to pursue after finishing their legal studies training. These are paralegals that help lawyers within the business law realm. Among other things, corporate paralegals might work under the supervision of an attorney to help make sure companies have the necessary paperwork completed. A paralegal who specializes in business law might benefit by having a thorough understanding and knowledge of banking, finance, contract law, employment laws, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, and investments. Criminal law paralegal: A paralegal who works in a law firm or office that assists an attorney with matters related to criminal cases may work to support the work of criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors or public defenders. Duties in such roles might include conducting research, interviewing witnesses and other parties involved, corresponding with clients, filing paperwork, etc. Bankruptcy: A paralegal who works in a bankruptcy law firm may assist an attorney by completing a number of duties. Bankruptcy can be a lengthy process that involves a number of steps and actions including but not limited to scheduling and attending meetings between attorneys, filing paperwork and drafting applications and schedules. It may also involve interviewing different parties involved and preparing for key hearings. Immigration: As an immigration paralegal, you will work for immigration attorneys who specifically try to help clients obtain immigration status The immigration process can be complicated. Immigration paralegals may work for law firms, corporations or even for governmental agencies and nonprofits. Work may involve everything from filing paperwork and writing reports to assisting lawyers during trials. Personal injury: A personal injury paralegal will help personal injury lawyers. A majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court. This means paralegals may assist personal injury lawyers in collecting and compiling evidence that may help bolster the plaintiff’s case against the defendant. This work may include interviewing witnesses, doctors, conducting legal research, collecting relevant records and corresponding with clients. Litigation paralegal: Litigation refers to the process of taking legal action on civil or criminal issues. There are a number of subspecialties within the area of litigation. As a litigation paralegal, you may be performing a number of different job duties including duties such as assisting with trial preparation, interviewing witnesses and overseeing discovery. You may even spend time in the courtroom assisting attorneys. If this is your cup of tea, serving as a litigation paralegal may be extremely satisfying.

Additional Paralegal Degree Information

Paralegal Studies encompasses many facets of the law and includes, but is not limited to, property, employment law, family law, torts, civil procedures, contracts, and legal research and writing. This ABAapproved Paralegal Studies Associate of Arts Degree program provides training in conducting research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles; drafting correspondence and legal documents; gathering evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation; report writing; and processes for obtaining affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court. The expected completion time for this program is 15 months. If you’re ready to get more information about our school and paralegal studies program simply fill out the form on this page to learn more. Your first step in getting more information is that easy. Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law

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