Bar Association (ABA) approved program is designed to prepare the
student to work in a paraprofessional capacity as an assistant to an
attorney in a law firm, governmental agency or corporation as defined by section 6450 of the California Business and Professions Code. The
paralegal performs many tasks normally handled by an attorney, such as
preparing forms and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, legal
research and document organization. Strong English skills, computer
knowledge and good organizational skills are an asset in this
profession. A paralegal/Legal Assistant as defined by California Business and Professions Code 6450is qualified by education
When students complete the program they will be able to:
- Make ethical decisions in the workplace
- Students will complete the Para 121 Ethics class
will incorporate ethical standards in the Law Office Management class
through problem solving and discussion board discussions.
- Understand legal concepts
- Students will demonstrate legal concepts in the legal specialty classes through examination and practical exercises.
will draft law office memorandum and appellate briefs in the Advanced
Legal writing class incorporating analysis of legal concepts.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Students will draft law office memorandum.
- Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Students will create client correspondence.
- Be proficient in using legal technology
- Students will demonstrate the use of the Microsoft suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in their completion of assignments.
- Students will complete assignments using legal specific software.
- Exhibit critical thinking skills
- Students will analyze cases related to the legal specialty classes.
- Students will analyze fact patters to demonstrate the application of legal concepts to fact patterns.
Paralegal program at Santa Ana College is an ABA approved program that
meets the requirements of California Business and Professions code 6450.
Note: This American Bar Association approved program is not intended to prepare the student for the practice of law. Paralegals
are not allowed to practice law in the state of California. This
program is intended to prepare the student to perform legal services
under the direct supervision of an active member of the California State
Bar as set forth in the Business and Professions code 6450 and the Rules of
Professional Responsibility which may be reviewed on the California
State Bar WEB site: