Specialized Associate Degree – Paralegal

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Become a paralegal with training at Empire College School of Law in California. 

Are you searching for a paralegal school that can help you develop an understanding of legal concepts and services? At Empire College School of Law, we can help you learn the skills you need to earn your paralegal certification in California and begin your career.

Objective: This Associate degree program is designed to prepare you for positions as a paralegal, legal secretary, or administrative support specialist in a law office or firm. Emphasis is placed on the development of legal office skills such as case management, legal research, discovery, docketing, drafting and analyzing legal documents, and alternative dispute resolution. A 120-hour internship is included as part of your paralegal training.

Further concentration on critical thinking, decision-making, human relations and communications can also help you become a well-rounded professional.

Program Length: 7 quarters
Specialized (Occupational) Associate Degree awarded upon successful completion of all legal assistant program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2001, paralegals are defined by the California Business and Professions Code Section 6450 et seq. as to their education and experience. Section 6454 – Definitions: The terms “paralegal,” “legal assistant,” “attorney assistant,” “freelance paralegal,” “independent paralegal” and “contract paralegal” are synonymous for purposes of this chapter.

Our Paralegal associate degree program includes the following courses:

  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation courses
  • Real Property
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Law Office Docketing, Accounting and Management
  • Mediation/Conflict Management
  • Ethics in Technology and Society
  • Legal Research
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • CyberLaw
  • Internship for Paralegals
  • Accounting
  • Various Computer, Internet and Microsoft courses
  • Management Communications
  • And many more in-depth courses!

One of the things that I appreciate about going to Empire College was that the training was so hands-on.

Yesenia Avalos

Medical Assistant Coordinator, West County Health Centers
Empire Law School provided the instruction, guidance, and motivation that I needed to pass the California State Bar Examination on the first try, despite the rigors of managing a full-time career and family commitments in parallel. I would absolutely recommend Empire Law School to anyone looking for relevant and masterful instruction in the subjects of law.

Chris Van Nuys

Operations Manager, LEMO USA, Inc. (Class of 2019)

By assisting clients at the Self-Help Access Center, students learn about law, human nature, society and challenges people face on a daily basis.

Michelle Brown

Empire Law Graduate

Empire is perfect for individuals seeking a practical, cost-effective legal education taught by committed practitioners. Empire enabled me to grow and learn through experiences with the Superior Court’s Office and the District Attorney’s office as a student and then launch into a rewarding career serving as General Counsel for American Home Shield >Corporation, The ServiceMaster Franchise Group, Graham Packaging Company, and currently, Evergreen Packaging.

Mark Lightfoot

General Counsel, Evergreen Packaging

Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

I had a lot of friends go through Empire who had a great experience. If you want a solid IT foundation to get out in the workforce, it’s the place to be.

Blake Buchanan

Service Desk Analyst, Davita Medical Group