Paralegal/Legal Studies Program

The work of the paralegal has been recognized by the American Bar Association, state bars, and local bar associations as an important step in helping the legal profession meet the increasing demand for its services and in providing these services more efficiently and promptly. Today's law offices seek paralegals qualified to do certain work under the supervision of an attorney.  NOTE:  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

 

Associate in Science degree in Paralegal/Legal Studies

The program of study for the Associate in Science in Paralegal/Legal Studies is ABA-approved and complies with the requirements established under current California law to become a paralegal.

Goals and Outcomes. The degree program is designed so that students may satisfy the general education requirements and paralegal course requirements for graduation from the College. Students who satisfy graduation requirements and the courses in Paralegal/Legal Studies with a letter grade of C or higher receive the degree of Associate in Science with a Major in Paralegal/Legal Studies. Students will also be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement provided that they complete all courses in the Paralegal/Legal Studies Program with a letter grade of C or higher. IMPORTANT NOTE: The paralegal certificate is ONLY awarded upon completion of the general education requirements for the Associate’s degree.

Admission. Enrollment is open to all interested students who have placed into ENGL 1A or completed ENGL 88, 88B, or 96 or their equivalent with a final grade of C or higher. Students transferring general education coursework completed at another school must furnish an official transcript. 

Coursework completed outside CCSF. Students may transfer up to 12 units of paralegal courses completed at another ABA-approved paralegal program provided that the student submit an official transcript verifying the following:  (1) the courses are similar in content and contact hours to our existing courses and (2) the letter grade earned in such courses was a C or higher.  Courses completed in a law school are not acceptable for transfer as these courses do not emphasize or teach paralegal skills. The Program reserves the right to determine the transferability of any coursework completed outside City College of San Francisco.

Courses Required for the Degree

First Semester

PLS 1 - Introduction to Paralegal Studies 

PLS 2 - Legal Research and Writing I            

BSL 1 - Business Law I                                 

General Education Courses (see exceptions below)

Second Semester

PLS 3 - Legal Research and Writing II          

PLS 4 - Litigation I                                              

BSL 2 - Business Law II                        

General Education Courses (see exceptions below)

Third Semester

PLS 5 - Litigation II                                                   

PLS Elective                                                             

PLS Elective                                                                     

General Education Courses (see exceptions below)

Fourth Semester

PLS 6 - Law Office Management and Procedures 

PLS Elective                                                           

PLS Elective                                                               

General Education Courses (see exceptions below)

PLS Electives:  Corporate Law; Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration; Family Law; Intellectual Property Law; Immigration Law; and Paralegal Work Experience.

 

General Education Requirements

IMPORTANT:  Students must see the Paralegal/Legal Studies Program Coordinator about the general education courses for the Paralegal/Legal Studies Degree.  The following courses are NOT approved as general education courses for the Paralegal/Legal Studies Degree :

Area A:  Business English, Business Mathematics, Computer Science, Design, Microcomputer Applications for Business, and Supervision and Management
 
Area C:  Nutrition and Ornamental Horticulture

Area D:  Academic Achievement Personal Success, Health Education, and Physical Education  

Area E:  Design  

Area G:  Culinary Arts, Health Education, Nutrition, and Physical Education

Area H:  Health Education, Physical Education, and Supervision and Business Management

 

Paralegal/Legal Studies Certificate of Achievement

The program of study for the Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal/Legal Studies is ABA-approved and complies with the requirements established under current California law to become a paralegal.

Admission. Enrollment is open to all interested students who already hold a college degree OR who have completed 30 units of general education or law-related courses with a 2.00 grade point average or higher at an accredited, post-secondary school PRIOR TO admission into our paralegal program. In addition, all students entering the Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal/Legal Studies program must have placed into ENGL 1A or completed ENGL 88, 88B, or 96 or their equivalent with a final grade of C or higher. Students transferring general education coursework completed at another school must furnish an official transcript. 

Coursework completed outside CCSF. Students may transfer up to 12 units of paralegal courses completed at another ABA-approved paralegal program provided that the student submit an official transcript verifying the following:  (1) the courses are similar in content and contact hours to our existing courses and (2) the letter grade earned in such courses was a C or higher.  Courses completed in a law school are not acceptable for transfer as these courses do not emphasize or teach paralegal skills. The Program reserves the right to determine the transferability of any coursework completed outside City College of San Francisco.

Goals and Outcomes. The certificate program is designed for students who already hold a college degree and wish to earn just a paralegal certificate to gain employment as a paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney. In both the degree and certificate programs, students are taught how to write and communicate in formats acceptable in today's law offices; how to locate and analyze the law; how to handle the ethical issues facing today's legal professionals; how to navigate through the federal and California court systems; and how to operate within a law office. Both programs provide practical skills in law office software and business practices as well as instruction in the areas of substantive law.

Courses Required for the Certificate of Achievement

First Semester

PLS 1 - Introduction to Paralegal Studies 

PLS 2 - Legal Research and Writing I 

BSL 1 (formerly CLW 18) - Business Law I    

Second Semester

PLS 3 - Legal Research and Writing II 

PLS 4 - Litigation I 

BSL 2 (formerly CLW 19) - Business Law II

Third Semester

PLS 5 - Litigation II

PLS Elective

Fourth Semester

PLS 6 - Law Office Management and Procedures 

PLS Elective

PLS Electives: Corporate Law; Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration; Family Law; Intellectual Property Law; Immigration Law; and Paralegal Work Experience.

 

Program Coordinator

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Dora Dye
Paralegal/Legal Studies Program Coordinator
City College of San Francisco
88 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Office: Downtown Center
Telephone: (415) 239-3508