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Paralegal Department Goals and Activities 2012-14
 
 
 
1. To be recognized in the local legal community as an institution that produces graduates of a high caliber in their paralegal education enabling them to be capable and prepared to enter the job market with the ability to complete the tasks assigned to a paralegal.
 
 
 
  1. Track graduates and certificate recipients for success.
  2. Survey graduates and employers to determine if skills taught meet skills needed in workplace.
                             
2. To provide the paralegal students with a quality legal education that provides them with an ethical foundation, applied skills, proficiency and the ability needed to perform tasks competently and succeed in their paralegal career.
 
  1. SLO assessment and revisions.
  2. Curriculum and Program Review.
  3. Reconfigure A 130 to accommodate the learning environment appropriate for seminars and group learning activities.
 
3. The Santa Ana College paralegal graduate shall be able to perform many tasks normally handled by an attorney, such as preparing and understanding needed forms and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, legal research and document preparation and organization.
 
  1. Seek input from advisory committee on program curriculum to stay current with the local job market requirements.
  2. Survey graduates and employers to determine if skills taught meet skills needed in workplace.
  3. Explore virtual law office activities.
 
4. To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
 
  1. Require the students in the Para 298 Professional Paralegal class to attend networking opportunities such as the OCPA and Orange County Bar Association meetings.
  2. Expand placement of internship students.
  3. Inform the legal community through the OCPA, advisory committee.
  4. Maintain social media contacts such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
  5. Update marketing materials such as the brochure and the department web page.
  6. Send out a seasons greeting card to the legal community.
  7. Expand internship opportunities with Public Sector employers.
  8. Host the OCPA job conference.
 
 
5. To provide state-of-the art computer literacy skills to the students by training students in the use of varied computer programs available to the legal practitioner.
 
  1. Research online research alternatives.
 
6. To ensure and maintain the high quality of teaching.
 
  1. SLO and curriculum/program reviews.
  2. AAFPE meetings.
  3. LOWDL meetings.
  4. Attend the Annual State Bar meeting and CLE opportunities.
  5. Attend the Distance Education Advisory Workforce meetings.
  6. Attend the SACTAC meetings (College Technical Advisory Committee)
 
7. To continue to assess and respond to the needs of the local legal community.
 
  1. Expand membership of the Industry and Community Advisory Committee.
  2. Hold minimum of two Advisory Committee meetings per year.
  3. Survey members of the committee and of the legal profession.
 
8. To ensure that students are current in all areas of study, as well as keeping abreast of the growing trend for legal specialization areas in which paralegals are employed
 
  1. Continue program review, SLO assessment.
  2. Survey members of the committee and of the legal profession.
  3. Attend the Annual State Bar meeting and CLE opportunities.
 
9. To maintain relationships with the Orange County Bar Association, local and national paralegal associations like NFPA, NALA, Orange County Paralegal Association, Los Angeles Paralegal Association and AAFPE.
 
  1. Maintain membership in the AAFPE, the California State Bar and the OCPLA.
  2. Students are required as part of course work in Para 298 “The Professional Paralegal” to attend networking activities with these organizations.
 
10. To meet and exceed the high standards set by the ABA for the education and training of paralegals.
 
  1. Conduct the ABA self-study and reapproval application and submit it to the ABA by December 2013.
 
11. To continue to maintain contacts and presence in the local legal community for the employment of our paralegal program undergraduates and graduates.
 
  1. Expand the internship opportunities with the Public Sector Employers.
  2. Host the OCPA job conference.
 
 
 
12. To continue to work with other departments in the college to develop new legal specialties appropriate for cross listing.
 
  1. Maintain the Para/CJ 107 “Criminal Procedure” class.
  2. Include Bus 105 “The Legal Environment of Business” as a requirement for the program.
  3. Explore an “Education Law” class for paralegal and teacher preparation students.
 
13. To maintain and expand our library resources, acquisitions and on-line access for the paralegal students to have access to, and hands-on familiarity with contemporary legal materials, resources, cases and codes relevant to the research and practice of law in California.
 
  1. Complete and maintain the legal collection for A 130 (Paralegal Legal Resource Classroom).
  2. Maintain the legal collection in the College Library.
  3. Expand contacts with area law schools for access to their resources.
  4. Reconfigure A 130 to accommodate the learning environment appropriate for seminars and group learning activities and to properly house and make available the legal resource materials.
2012-2014 Goals and Activities.
GOAL
ACTIVITY
PROGRESS
 Strengthening the academic, career, and technical skills of students through the integration of technology into the curriculum.
Purchase of laptops computers to be used in the classroom for writing skills and mastery of software for specific legal applications.
completed
Link the program at the secondary and the postsecondary levels. 
Participation in Jr day activities.
Attended Jr. Day.
Provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of the legal profession through internships and work experience. 
Work with the Orange County Superior Court to provide participants in the intern program.
Committee member Superior Court Judge Biggs has contacted the director of the intern program.  Professor Manzano has contacted the director of the program.
Provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of the legal profession through internships and work experience. 
Create intern opportunities with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Intern positions in place Spring and Fall 2013.  Intern positions in place of Spring 2013.
Provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of the legal profession through internships and work experience. 
Contact area employers and graduates who have indicated an interest in an intern program
E-mails to members of the OC Bar.
Additional positions added in Fall 2013.
Provide career guidance information to undecided students.
Presentations at the career center.
Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 presentations through the career center at SAC.
Adjunct faculty shall remain current in educational and technical issues.
Provide in service to adjunct faculty.
In-service activities provided at Fall 2012, Spring and Fall 2013 on the use of Blackboard in the classroom.  Distance Education office mandatory Blackboard training attended by all adjunct faculty.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
Complete the College wide/departmental portfolio evaluation.
Completed 2012 review process, submitted to Bonnie Jaros
Evaluate the effectiveness of the program
Review Curriculum
Completed.  2013 catalog reflects changes in the program.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the program
Add Para 297 capstone with assessment gathering activities.
Activities added to the Para 297 class.  Review of data gathered in Spring and Fall 2013 to be evaluated in January 2014 department meeting.
Provide ties to the community and the legal profession with the program.
Appoint members to the committee who are not affiliated with the college.
Completed.  Program continues to seek additional community members.
Provide ties to the community and the legal profession with the program.
Meet with the committee at least 2 times per year.
Have met two times per year. This is an ongoing activity
 
Provide for evaluation and review from graduates, employers, students, advisory committee, faculty, school administrators and the legal community.
Reconstitute the advisory committee to include graduates, employers, students, advisory committee, faculty, school administrators and the legal community.
 
Completed.
Provide for evaluation and review from students in addition to the ongoing student satisfaction surveys conducted college wide.
Student survey incorporated into paralegal Blackboard classes.
In addition to the student evaluations conducted as part of the HR process, student evaluations are in place in Para 101, 121 and 297.  Data will be evaluated in the January 2014 department meeti
Create a rational sequence of legal specialty courses.
Add 100 has a perquisite to all courses and add prerequisites to 143 and 144
Completed.  In 2010-11 catalog.
Create a rational sequence of legal specialty courses.
Restructure curriculum to create a rational sequencing of legal specialty courses.
Completed: Civil Litigation Para 143 and 144 has been combined into one course Para 145.  Para 130 Legal Transactions, Para 136 Real Property and Para 138 Business Organizations combined. Para 131 Alternate Dispute Resolution and Para 137 Torts combined into Para 146 Torts and ADR. Para 246 is a prerequisite to the Advanced Research class Para 248. The capstone class has as a prerequisite Para 100, 101, 120, 121, 246, and either Bus 101 or 105 or all of the following: Para 107,130,131,136,137, and 138. 
Create tools for students to have skills for job interview.
Post career center workshops on interviews and resumes.
 
Conduct workshops in Para 100 class.
Posted in hall and on department web site.  Student survey includes questions on the career center and OCPLA job web site and student section.  Workshops are conducted each semester in the career center.
 
 
 
 
Create tools for students to have skills for job interview.
Host the Orange County Paralegal Association workshops.
Ongoing sponsorship of the OCPA Job workshop.
Inform students of information available on department web site.
Student survey includes information on the department web site.
 
Assignment in Para 100 class.
 
Assignment in Para 297.
Student survey includes questions on the career center and OCPLA job web site and student section.
 
Assignments included in the class activities, ongoing
To be recognized in the local legal community as an institution that produces graduates of a high caliber in their paralegal education enabling them to be capable and prepared to enter the job market with the ability to complete the tasks assigned to a paralegal.
Track graduates and certificate recipients for success.
 
Ongoing, completed 2010-2013.
To be recognized in the local legal community as an institution that produces graduates of a high caliber in their paralegal education enabling them to be capable and prepared to enter the job market with the ability to complete the tasks assigned to a paralegal.
Survey graduates and employers to determine if skills taught meet skills needed in workplace.
 
Scheduled for Spring 2014.
To provide the paralegal students with a quality legal education that provides them with an ethical foundation, applied skills, proficiency and the ability needed to perform tasks competently and succeed in their paralegal career.
SLO assessment and revisions.
 
Current through Spring 2013.  Scheduled for Spring 2014.
To provide the paralegal students with a quality legal education that provides them with an ethical foundation, applied skills, proficiency and the ability needed to perform tasks competently and succeed in their paralegal career.
Curriculum and Program Review.
 
Ongoing.  Program revision approved through CIC.  Bus 101 and 105 revised. Para 297 approved and offered as of Spring 2013.  Data collection to be reviewed Spring 2014.
To provide the paralegal students with a quality legal education that provides them with an ethical foundation, applied skills, proficiency and the ability needed to perform tasks competently and succeed in their paralegal career.
Reconfigure A 130 to accommodate the learning environment appropriate for seminars and group learning activities.
 
Included in Division goals for consideration by College Council.
The Santa Ana College paralegal graduate shall be able to perform many tasks normally handled by an attorney, such as preparing and understanding needed forms and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, legal research and document preparation and organization.
Seek input from advisory committee on program curriculum to stay current with the local job market requirements.
 
Curriculum discussed at Spring and Fall 2013 advisory committee meetings.
The Santa Ana College paralegal graduate shall be able to perform many tasks normally handled by an attorney, such as preparing and understanding needed forms and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, legal research and document preparation and organization.
Survey graduates and employers to determine if skills taught meet skills needed in workplace.
 
Scheduled for Spring 2014.
The Santa Ana College paralegal graduate shall be able to perform many tasks normally handled by an attorney, such as preparing and understanding needed forms and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, legal research and document preparation and organization.
Explore virtual law office activities.
 
Scheduled for Spring 2014.
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Require the students in the Para 297 Professional Paralegal class to attend networking opportunities such as the OCPA and Orange County Bar Association meetings
Included in the class activities for as of Spring 2013.
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Expand placement of internship students.
 
Ongoing.  Opportunities with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and additional sites have been implemented as of Fall 2013.
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Inform the legal community through the OCPA, advisory committee.
 
Ongoing.  Para 297 students required to attend legal community networking activities.  Both full time faculty are members of the OCPA.
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Maintain social media contacts such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
 
Ongoing
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Update marketing materials such as the brochure and the department web page.
 
Brochure updated and printed Fall 2013.  Web site ongoing activity.
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Send out a seasons greeting card to the legal community
 
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Expand internship opportunities with Public Sector employers
 
To educate, and network with, attorneys on the advantages associated with the employment of paralegals in their practice.
Host the OCPA job conference.
 
Completed Spring and Fall 2013.
To provide state-of-the art computer literacy skills to the students by training students in the use of varied computer programs available to the legal practitioner.
Research online research alternatives.
 
Data has been collected, scheduled Spring 2014 for review and further data collection.
To ensure and maintain the high quality of teaching.
SLO and curriculum/program reviews.
 
Ongoing.  Data has been collected.  Evaluation of data scheduled for Spring 2014.
To ensure and maintain the high quality of teaching.
  1. AAFPE meetings.
  2. LOWDL meetings.
  3. Attend the Annual State Bar meeting and CLE opportunities.
  4. Attend the Distance Education Advisory Workforce meetings.
  5. Attend the SACTAC meetings (College Technical Advisory Committee)
 
Ongoing. Both full time faculty attended conference in Anaheim.  Business Division Dean and the Distance Education Dean attend LOWDL.
To continue to assess and respond to the needs of the local legal community
Expand membership of the Industry and Community Advisory Committee.
 
New members have been added to the committee.  Members who have not participated have been removed.  Ongoing recruitment for an expanded committee.
To continue to assess and respond to the needs of the local legal community
  1. Hold minimum of two Advisory Committee meetings per year.
  2. Survey members of the committee and of the legal profession.
 
Ongoing.
To ensure that students are current in all areas of study, as well as keeping abreast of the growing trend for legal specialization areas in which paralegals are employed.
Continue program review, SLO assessment.
 
Ongoing.  Data collection in Fall 2013 and assessment of SLO and Program SLOs scheduled for Spring 2014.
To ensure that students are current in all areas of study, as well as keeping abreast of the growing trend for legal specialization areas in which paralegals are employed.
  1. Survey members of the committee and of the legal profession.
  2. Attend the Annual State Bar meeting and CLE opportunities.
 
Scheduled for Spring 2014.  Ongoing CLE compliance with State Bar regulations in progress.
To maintain relationships with the Orange County Bar Association, local and national paralegal associations like NFPA, NALA, Orange County Paralegal Association, Los Angeles Paralegal Association and AAFPE.
Maintain membership in the AAFPE, the California State Bar and the OCPLA.
 
Current.
To maintain relationships with the Orange County Bar Association, local and national paralegal associations like NFPA, NALA, Orange County Paralegal Association, Los Angeles Paralegal Association and AAFPE.
Students are required as part of course work in Para 298 “The Professional Paralegal” to attend networking activities with these organizations
Students are required in the Para 297 course to participate as a graded activity and to discuss on a discussion board networking activities with these and other legal professional organizations.
To meet and exceed the high standards set by the ABA for the education and training of paralegals.
Conduct the ABA self-study and reapproval application and submit it to the ABA by December 2013.
 
In progress.  To be completed by Dec 15, 2013.
To continue to maintain contacts and presence in the local legal community for the employment of our paralegal program undergraduates and graduates.
Expand the internship opportunities with the Public Sector Employers.
 
Ongoing intern opportunities have been created with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.
To continue to maintain contacts and presence in the local legal community for the employment of our paralegal program undergraduates and graduates.
Host the OCPA job conference.
 
Hosted in 2012 and 2013.  Planned for Spring 2014.
To continue to work with other departments in the college to develop new legal specialties appropriate for cross listing.
Maintain the Para/CJ 107 “Criminal Procedure” class.
 
Ongoing.
To continue to work with other departments in the college to develop new legal specialties appropriate for cross listing.
  1. Include Bus 105 “The Legal Environment of Business” as a requirement for the program.
  2. Explore an “Education Law” class for paralegal and teacher preparation students.
 
Curriculum for the program has been changed to include the Bus 105 Legal Environment of Business as a required course.
To maintain and expand our library resources, acquisitions and on-line access for the paralegal students to have access to, and hands-on familiarity with contemporary legal materials, resources, cases and codes relevant to the research and practice of law in California.
  1. Complete and maintain the legal collection for A 130 (Paralegal Legal Resource Classroom).
  2. Maintain the legal collection in the College Library.
 
Ongoing.  Dean has project to obtain additional storage materials for newly acquired materials.
To maintain and expand our library resources, acquisitions and on-line access for the paralegal students to have access to, and hands-on familiarity with contemporary legal materials, resources, cases and codes relevant to the research and practice of law in California.
  1. Expand contacts with area law schools for access to their resources.
 
Scheduled for Spring 2014
To maintain and expand our library resources, acquisitions and on-line access for the paralegal students to have access to, and hands-on familiarity with contemporary legal materials, resources, cases and codes relevant to the research and practice of law in California.
  1. Reconfigure A 130 to accommodate the learning environment appropriate for seminars and group learning activities and to properly house and make available the legal resource materials.
 
Included in Department and Division goals.  Discussion with President Martinez for consideration in ongoing college improvements.