The legal profession has expressed a need for personnel to combine some of the duties of the legal secretary with those of the attorney. These personnel are highly trained in various facets of the law, and function under the supervision of a lawyer. This new profession is the Legal Assistant or Paralegal, who performs duties which include legal research, client interviewing, preparing briefs and other documents, conducting investigations, drafting wills and deeds, and other such legal transactions. Legal Assistants/Paralegals also specialize in specific areas, such as probate, torts, family law, personal injury, insurance claims, civil litigation, elder law, immigration law, and real estate law.
The Law Department at Los Angeles Mission College offers three programs of study:
- A Certificate in Legal Assisting/Paralegal which requires 36 units of academic study. The completion of the Certificate enables students to become state certified under new California Law.
- The Associate in Arts Degree - Legal Assisting/Paralegal, which is a combination of the 36 units of the Paralegal Certificate, 18 units of Plan B in General Education and 6 elective units for a total of 60 units.
- The Paralegal Path to Law School. This unique program prepares students for law school while they are earning their Paralegal Certificate or Associate Arts Degree.
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The Programs of Study
- Legal Assisting/Paralegal Certificate
- Associate Arts Degree in Legal Assisting/Paralegal
- The Paralegal Path to Law School
Modes of Instruction: On-Campus or through the Internet
- Students can complete any course of study (Certificate/AA/Law school prep) in courses taught on campus or through the Internet or through some combination of both modes of instruction. Courses offered in any mode of instruction are exactly the same. The only difference is the mode of delivery of instruction.
- Application Procedure for on campus classes
- Application Procedure for online/internet classes
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