Overview

The Paralegal Program at Skyline College offers a 27 unit Certificate of Achievement and a 60 unit A.A. degree. The Certificate provides a head start on the road to employment while the A.A. degree provides a clear path for transfer to a four year baccalaureate institution. We provide a challenging and highly supportive academic experience at a reasonable cost. Join us and develop the professional skills you need to excel as a paralegal!

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Paralegals and Legal Assistants in California


What Would I Do As A Paralegal?
Paralegals perform a variety of tasks to help lawyers prepare for legal hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.  Paralegals interview clients, perform legal research and writing, draft documents, maintain case files, and manage projects.

Will Being a Paralegal Be A Good Job For Me?
Paralegals often have responsibility for managing projects and experienced paralegals may manage highly complex undertakings as well as other legal support staff.  If you enjoy working with ideas, completing tasks, and searching for information you will find paralegal work appealing.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?
The median wage in 2012 for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in California was $57,827 annually, or $27.80 hourly.

 
Annual Wages for 2012

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California $42,233 $57,827 $73,972

What is the Job Outlook for Paralegals in California?

Demand for paralegals will continue to grow as employers try to reduce costs by hiring Paralegals to perform tasks formerly carried out by lawyers. Contributing to the expanded use of paralegals is the increasing demand for legal services by a growing population.  Per the Employment Development Department, the number of paralegals jobs in California is expected to increase by 20.1 percent, or 5,400 jobs, between 2010 and 2020.

How Do I Become a Paralegal?
There are several ways of getting into the paralegal profession. A paralegal can have one or a combination of the following: on-the-job training, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or paralegal certificate. At Skyline College, you can earn your Paralegal Associate’s Degree and your Paralegal Certificate and get on the fast track to a rewarding career as a legal professional. 

Read more on the California Occupational Guide for Paralegals and the Detailed California Guide for Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of U.S. law, legal systems, ethical considerations, and/or professional procedures.
  • Effectively conduct legal research.
  • Proficiently perform legal writing.
  • Critically analyze legal arguments.

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