Criminal Law Specialization

Program Overview

On Campus

The Criminal Law Specialization covers case analysis, legal research, drafting pleadings, motion and discovery documents, evidence, and preparation of cases for trial. The ABA-approved paralegal program provides an academic and practical education of uncompromising quality. The certificate is offered at the Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks campuses and is ABA approved.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Describe the paralegal’s role in a criminal law practice.
  • Recognize how broad ethical principles apply to paralegals in a criminal law practice.

Students may earn more than one Paralegal Specialist Certificate. Generally, any course completed for any one Paralegal Specialist Certificate need not be repeated and will apply towards other Paralegal Specialist Certificates. Each certificate is tailored to include training in substantive legal analysis, drafting legal documents, and understanding procedural matters.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

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