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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs

California

American River College, Sacramento, CA
California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA
California State University, Los Angeles
Cerritos Community College, Norwalk
Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
Cuyamaca College, El Cajon
DeAnza College, Cupertino
El Camino College, Torrance
Fremont College, Cerritos
Fullerton College, Fullerton
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill
Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles
Miramar College, San Diego
Mount San Antonio College, Walnut
MTI College, Sacramento
National University, Los Angeles and Woodland Hills
Pasadena City College, Pasadena
San Francisco State University - College of Extended Learning, San Francisco
Santa Ana College, Santa Ana
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of La Verne, La Verne
University of San Diego, San Diego
West Los Angeles College, Culver City
West Valley College, Saratoga

Alphabetical List of Approved Programs
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American River College
Legal Assisting Program
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841
Director: Christine Thiltgen, R.N., J.D.
Telephone: 916-484-8619
Fax: 916-484-8519

Type of Institution: Public, 2 year
Degrees Offered: Associate of Arts; Post-associate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: AA: 2 years; Certificate: 2 semesters
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.arc.losrios.edu/Programs_of_Study/BSS/Legal_Assisting.htm
Description: Created in the 1970’s, American River College’s Legal Assisting program is continually evolving in order to prepare graduates for professional entry level positions in the modern legal office. All courses include both substantive law and practical aspects from the professional perspective. Course work helps students refine their word processing and on line research skills. Our instructors are professionals from all aspects of legal practice with experience in the subject matter they teach.

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California State University East Bay
Paralegal Studies Program
Division of Continuing and International Education
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542-3012
Director: Dwight Dickerson, J.D.
Telephone: 510.885.2311
Fax: 510.885-4817

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Paralegal Studies Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: five quarters or one year and 10 weeks
Internships: Mandatory and/or Elective.
For more information: www.ce.csueastbay.edu/certificate/paralegal
Description: California State University, East Bay offers an ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Certificate Program and California state Bar-approved MCLE courses. Classes are offered at three campuses in the East Bay Area: Hayward, Concord and Oakland. Some courses are offered online. Cal State East Bay's program qualifies aspiring paralegals for entry-level positions in the field, whether in law offices, corporations, government agencies or other organizations

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California State University, Los Angeles
College of Extended Studies
Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
5151 State University Drive
Room G.E.215
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Director: Jeffrey Brandt, M.A., J.D.
Telephone: 323.343.4847
Fax: 323.343.4843

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr University
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 3 academic quarters
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.calstatela.edu/exed/sub/professional/Paralegal.htm
Description: The Paralegal Studies Program at Cal State L.A., ABA-approved since 1978, offers the option of three (3) approved "specialty" tracks, in Litigation, Corporate practice, or Legal Technology, or a General certificate in Paralegal Studies. A voluntary internship program, available to students who have completed the program's 4 required "core" courses, allows students to put their classroom learning into practice in a "real world" setting. Courses meet weekday evenings to accommodate working students, and subject to the creation of an Academic Program Plan upon entry into the program, can be taken on a flexible schedule

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Cerritos Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
11110 East Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
Director: Bruce A. Greenberg
Telephone: 562.860.2451 (Ext: 2741)
Fax: 562.467.5090

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts, Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: AA-approx. 2 yrs; Certificate-approx. 1-2 semesters
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.cerritos.edu/paralegal
Description: Cerritos Community College is a 2-year public institution located in Los Angeles County just 20 minutes from both downtown Los Angeles and downtown Orange County. We have a strong internship program with over 50 locations to accept our students including private law offices, local courthouses, State Attorney General's Office, community legal aid office, District Attorney's Offices, and the Public Defender's Office. We have a dedicated computer lab with over 30 computers with the latest software for legal applications. Our staff consists of full-time faculty members who are lawyers, judges, and paralegals, all of whom have real world experience. Students who have completed an AA degree or higher when they enter our program can earn a Paralegal Certificate by taking 28 units of Paralegal courses.

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Coastline Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
11460 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Director: Stephen G. Barnes
Telephone: 714.546.7600
Fax: 714.751.3806

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree; Certificate
For more information: http://coastline.edu

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College of the Canyons
Paralegal Studies Program
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Director: Nicole Faudree
Telephone: 661-259-7800 ext. 5377
Fax: 661-259-8302

Degree offered: Associate of Arts
For more Information: www.canyons.edu/departments/PARLGL/

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Cuyamaca College
Paralegal Studies Program
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92019-4303
Director: Mary Sessom
Telephone: 619.660.4000
Fax: 619.660.4399

Degrees Offered: Associate in Science

For more information: http://www.cuyamaca.edu/paralegal

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DeAnza College
Paralegal Program
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014
Director: Terry R. Ellis
Telephone: 408.864.8563
Fax: 408.864.5309

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree

For more information: http://www.deanza.edu

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El Camino College
Paralegal Studies Program
Business Division
16007 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90506-0003
Director: Vi Pham
Telephone: 310.660.3593 EXT 3789
Fax: 310.660.3774

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Certificate of Competence
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/business/paralegal
Description: The Paralegal Studies Program is designed to train students to assist lawyers in private firms, legal departments of companies, or governmental agencies. Graduates will have the ability to apply theories and principles of law, prepare or interpret legal documents, draft pleadings including court forms, prepare for litigation, apply legal ethics, case management techniques, and skills for client interaction, and research the law.

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Fremont College
Paralegal Studies Program
18000 Studebaker Road, Suite 900A
Cerritos, CA 90703-5342
Program Director: Arline K. Melkonian, Esq.
Telephone: 562.809.5100
Fax: 562.809.7100

Type of Institution:  Private
Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: www.fremont.edu/campusprograms/paralegal-studies
Additional Location:  3440 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Description: Paralegal Studies encompasses many facets of law and includes, but is not limited to, property, probate, family law, torts, civil procedures, contracts and legal research and writing. The field is very broad and far-reaching and has applications in everyday life. The program was designed for the beginning student with a passion to be the best. Fremont's Paralegal Studies Program will give you the start you need as a paralegal working under the supervision of an attorney.

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Fullerton College
Paralegal Studies Program
321 East Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Director: Steven Dayton
Telephone: 714.992.7223
Fax: 714.992.9910

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs for AS degree
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://Bizdiv.fullcoll.edu/paralegalStudies.html
Description: The Fullerton College Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare students for employment in a paraprofessional capacity working under the supervision of an attorney. It is not intended to prepare students for the practice of law. In addition to offering an Associate of Science degree, the progam also offers certificates to students who possess an Associate Degree or higher.

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John F. Kennedy University
Legal Studies Program
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Director: Lisa Hutton
Telephone: 925.969.3492
Fax: 925.969.3328

Type of Institution: Private-4 year University
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts; Post-Associate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: One year for certificate
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://www.jfku.edu
Description: John F. Kennedy University offers an upper-division Paralegal Certificate embedded into a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies. We operate on the quarter system and cater to the working student by offering all of our courses in the evening at our Pleasant Hill campus. Our faculty is comprised of local, practicing attorneys and our students benefit from an on campus law library. Our curriculum is designed to prepare our students to work as legal professionals and become effective members of the legal team from graduation.

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Los Angeles City College
Paralegal Studies Program
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Director: Wilhelm I. Vargas
Telephone: 323.953.4000 EXT 2754

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 semesters
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: http://www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/departments/law/introparalegalstudies.html
Description: The Paralegal Program at Los Angeles City College (L.A.C.C.) is ABA approved. L.A.C.C. is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. L.A.C.C. is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Los Angeles and the Wilshire corridor. L.A.C.C. is easily accessed via subway and bus. The Paralegal Program offers classes during the day, evenings and on weekends. Paralegal students receive valuable experience through the Paralegal Program's internship class.

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Miramar College
Legal Assistant Program
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
Director: P. Darrel Harrison
Telephone: 619.388.7892

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree, Certificate

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Mount San Antonio College
Paralegal Studies Program
Business Administration Department
1100 North Grand Avenue
Walnut, CA 91789
Director: Martin A. Ramey
Telephone: (909) 594-5611, ext. 5189
Fax: 909.468.3936

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yrs
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://paralegal.mtsac.edu
Description: The paralegal program at Mt. San Antonio College is intended to prepare students for employment as paralegals in both private and public sectors following graduation. The program stresses practical application and the development of job skills as well as legal theory. The program is designed to enhance the ability of students to reason, understand, and apply correct principles of law by teaching analytical and critical thinking skills as opposed to rote learning. Graduates of the program will qualify for entry-level employment and will possess skills for advancement and specialization in the paralegal profession.

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MTI College
Paralegal Studies
5221 Madison Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841
Department Chair, Paralegal Studies: Linda Gardenhire
Telephone: 916.339.1500 Ext. 240
Fax: 916.339.0305

Type of Institution: Private, 2yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts, Associate of Applied Science
Minimum length of time to complete program: 2 yr. program, length can be shortened if student has college degrees/credits.
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://sacramento.mticollege.edu/
Description: Centrally located in Sacramento, California's capital, MTI College offers an unparalleled combination of curriculum and extensive student services in Paralegal Studies. With limited class size, the student body is motivated, creating a student-friendly environment. Courses are taught by attorneys and paralegals with expertise in their fields, and student services include lifetime placement as well as a notary class. MTI strongly endorses membership in the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association, allowing access to networking and mentoring programs. MTI, a WASC accredited college, enjoys an excellent reputation in the legal community for producing highly skilled graduates prepared to assume their roles as paralegals.

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National University (Los Angeles and Woodland Hills campuses only)
Paralegal Studies Program
5245 Pacific Concourse Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Director: Bryan S. Hance, Esq
Telephone: 310-662-2115

Type of Institution: 4 year
Degrees Offered: Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees and three certificates in Paralegal Studies.
Minimum length of time to complete program: Depends on the program option, but the minimum is 8 months for the certificates.
Internships: Elective
For more information: http://www.nu.edu
Additional Location:  The Bachelor Degree Program is also offered at the Canyons University Center in Santa Clarita, CA.
Description:  National University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The program offers an ABA-approved bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies.  We also offer an associate of science degree and paralegal certificates in Litigation, Corporations, and Criminal Law.  All of these program options are offered at our ABA-approved campuses in Los Angeles and Woodland Hills, California.  We also are able to offer our ABA approved bachelor’s degree program at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.  Each program option is tailored to include training in substantive legal analysis, legal research, drafting legal documents, and managing procedural matters.  Access to online legal databases Lexis and Westlaw is included in all program options and a law library is housed at our Los Angeles campus.

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Pasadena City College
Paralegal Studies Program
Business Education Division
1570 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106-2003
Director: Dr. Carol D. Kellogg
Telephone: 626.585.7817
Fax: 626.585.7947

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Certificate
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.pasadena.edu
Description: Pasadena City College's Paralegal Program prepares students to assist attorneys as paralegals in administrative agencies, corporations, insurance companies, private law firms, government and other legal environments. Emphasis is on training students in both civil and criminal matters. Some of the services that the paralegal provides under the supervision of an attorney are legal research, development of law office systems, client interviews, drafts, pleadings, briefing cases, legal calendaring, preparing discovery for litigated cases, preparing drafts of wills and trusts, maintaining corporate records and minutes. Instructors in this ABA approved program, are attorneys or paralegals with practical knowledge in the field of law.

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San Francisco State University – College of Extended Learning
Paralegal Studies Program
College of Extended Learning
835 Market Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1901
Director: Pat Medina
Telephone: 415.817.4223
Fax: 415.817.4299

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Certificate Program (30 upper division units)
Minimum length of time to complete program: Four semesters, 12-18 months depending on student's individual schedules. Internships: Elective
For more information: www.cel.sfsu.edu/paralegal
Description: The San Francisco State Paralegal Program began in 1975 and has been continuously operating for 30 years. The program is WASC and ABA approved and offers both daytime and evening classes accommodating both full time and part time students. Student services include individual career counseling and placement assistance, financial assistance, and academic counseling. Classes are designed for working adults and concentrate on developing and enhancing writing skills, computer skills, and practical application of paralegal skills to the legal marketplace. The faculty includes attorney, paralegals who are SFSU graduates, and a judge. The majority of the faculty has been teaching at SFSU for over 20 years. Students are required to complete 10 courses and may choose from several areas of specialization including: Advanced Litigation, Business, Corporate, Transactional, Probate & Estate Planning, Family Law and Administrative Law. There are 29 courses in the curriculum, and many Saturday Continuing Education classes to help paralegals meet the requirements of California Business & Professions Code Secs. 6450, et seq.

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Santa Ana College
Paralegal Program
1530 W 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
Director: F. Richard Manzano
Telephone: 714.564.6000
Fax: 714.564.6755

Degrees Offered: Associate Degree
For more information: www.sacparalegal.org or www.sac.edu

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University of California, Irvine Extension
Paralegal Certificate Program
Post Office Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92716-6050
Director: Tom Pokladowski
Telephone: 949.824.1228
Fax: 949.824.1547

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; Post-Associate Certificate
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.extension.uci.edu/legal

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Extension)
Paralegal Training Program
UCLA Extension
10995 LeConte Avenue, Suite 517
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1720
Director: Aymara E. Zielina
Telephone: 310.825.0299
Fax: 310.825.9242

Degrees Offered: Certificate Program
Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.uclaextension.edu/ptp
Description: UCLA Extension's Paralegal Training Program (PTP) is approved by the American Bar Association and seeks to prepare students to function as ethical, effective, and efficient professional paralegals in law firms, businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations; to perform a wide variety of legal work under the supervision of attorneys; and to adapt easily to the changing role of the paralegal as well as the changing needs of the legal community. The PTP provides training in substantive and procedural law, legal analysis, professional responsibility, legal forms, legal technology, and practical skills needed to work in the public or private sector as a competent and professional paralegal. This program fulfills educational requirements to practice as a paralegal in California. Instructors for the program are approved by the UCLA School of Law, and include practicing judges, attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals. Assistance in career counseling and job search opportunities are available to current students and program graduates.

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University of California, Riverside Extension
Paralegal Certificate Program
1200 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507-4596
Program Director: Sandra T. Richards
Telephone: 951.827.1634
Fax: 951.827.3043

Degrees Offered: Certificate
For more information: http://www.extension.ucr.edu/paralegal
Description: The Paralegal Certificate Program is approved by the American Bar Association. This program consists of an intensive curriculum combining legal theory with the practical skills required of paralegals and provides a quality, rigorous and challenging paralegal education to qualified individuals. Our instructors are experienced judges and attorneys and undergo a rigorous academic approval process, and have experience in working with paralegals. Our program meets the requirements of the California Business & Professions Code Secs. 6450, et seq. and is of interest to those who want to enter the legal field, make a career change, or who are already working in a business or legal environment and want to enhance their legal knowledge and skills through a formalized course of study. Our courses are offered during the evenings to better serve the working professional.

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University of California, San Diego
Paralegal Program
UCSD Extension
9500 Gilman Drive, #0170P
La Jolla, CA 92093-0172
Director: Julia M. Dunlap
Telephone: 858.534.8164
Fax: 858.534.8130

Degrees Offered: Certificate Program
For more information: www.paralegal.ucsd.edu

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University of California, Santa Barbara Extension
Paralegal Professional Certificate Program
2160 Kerr Hall, UCSB
Mail Code 1110
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1110
Director: Anissa R. Stewart
Telephone: 805.893.7440
Fax: 805.893.8427

Degrees Offered: Certificate Program
For more information: www.extension.ucsb.edu

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University of La Verne
Legal Studies Program
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Director: Patricia Adongo
Telephone: 909.593.3511, ext. 4428
Fax: 909.392.2707

Type of Institution: Private, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Post- Associate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: 1.5 yrs
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.laverne.edu/academics/arts-sciences/legal-studies
Description: The Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies prepares the graduate for paralegal work in law offices, corporate legal departments, government agencies, or for graduate education. The paralegal program began in 1972 and is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Classes meet at night, each class meeting once a week for 15 weeks. Emphasis is on writing skills, substantive law, and practical application. Services include financial aid, career development and placement assistance, and services for disabled students and multicultural students. The University, which is over 112 years old, promotes values and ethics, and appreciation for diversity, lifelong learning and community service.

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University of San Diego
Paralegal Program
5998 Alcala Park
AW1-204
San Diego, CA 92110
Director: Tara Murphy
Telephone: 619.260.4579
Fax: 619.260.2252

Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Degree
For more information: www.sandiego.edu/paralegal/

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West Los Angeles College
Paralegal Studies Program
9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230-3500
Director: Patricia Morris
Telephone: 310.287.4444
Fax: 310.287.4392

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr.
Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts; Certificate
For more information: www.wlac.edu/paralegal

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West Valley College
Paralegal Program
14000 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070-5698
Director: Peggy Mathieson
Telephone: 408.741.4635
Fax: 408.741.2145

Type of Institution: Public
Degrees Offered: Associate in Science, Post-Degree Certificate (requires an AA/AS degree or higher)
Minimum length of time to complete program: 4 semesters
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.westvalley.edu/paralegal
Description: The Paralegal Program provides education and training required under California law for students who wish to enter the paralegal profession. Classes focus on developing and enhancing communication, technology, and practical legal skills. We monitor the needs of area employers to ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge they will need. Examples of student services include career counseling, Financial Aid, and Educational Transition (Adult Re-Entry Program). Academic counseling and assistance if provided by the Program Director, Counseling, and Tutorial Services. The faculty includes attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals who have hands-on experience in the areas that they teach.

Updated: 9/29/2014

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