LEGAL STUDIES UPCOMING EVENTS
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The Paralegal Program, an American Bar Association (ABA) approved program, is designed to prepare students to work as an assistant to a licensed attorney in a law firm, governmental agency, or corporation as defined by section 6450 of the California Business and Professions Code. A paralegal will have knowledge on legal matters and will perform many of the same tasks performed by attorneys, such as researching cases and interviewing witnesses. A paralegal must work under a licensed attorney and cannot provide legal services on their own.
The Legal Office Interpreting Spanish Certificate is designed to provide students proper training in translating legal documents and verbal statements from English to Spanish and vice versa.
The Legal Office Technician Certificate will focus more on basic skills training for students than what is offered under the paralegal program. While this program does not cover the requirements for
section 6450 of the Business and Professions Code, it does provide students with the skills necessary to work in an legal office setting. Students will learn to perform research, draft legal documents, and prepare witnesses and exhibits for trial. The Legal Office Technician Certificate is not ABA approved and is not intended to educate students to work as paralegals.
Pathway to Law School
Santa Ana College has partnered with six universities in California to provide a clearer path to law school for our students (learn more here).