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The Paralegal Specialist Certificate in Litigation is intended to introduce you to the legal skills required to serve the community effectively and ethically in a litigation practice. The paralegal litigation specialization covers case analysis, legal research, drafting pleadings, motion and discovery documents, evidence, and preparation of cases for trial. The paralegal program provides an academic and practical education of uncompromising quality.
Approved by the American Bar Association for online, as well as onsite at our Los Angeles, COC, and Cerritos College campuses. The program combines a comprehensive academic curriculum with practical education in the role of the paralegal in a legal environment.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Discuss broad legal principles from the primary areas of law, such as Torts, Contracts, Real Property, and others, and explain the definitions of certain basic legal terms and phrases.
- Conduct legal research using manual and computer-assisted methods.
- Demonstrate the basic process of legal reasoning and analysis.
- Explain the litigation process and the paralegal’s role in pre-trial, trial, and post-trial proceedings.
- Recognize how broad ethical principles apply to paralegals in a litigation practice.
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