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!

Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.

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