Paralegal

Paralegal


The Kensington College of Legal Studies at CALIMT offers hybrid paralegal certificate programs that combine hands-on procedural training with substantive law courses to help prepare you with all the necessary foundation as a paralegal or paralegal assistant so you can hit the ground running in any legal office setting upon graduation. Our paralegal and paralegal assistant certificate programs are the longest running legal support staff programs in Orange County, and have been specifically designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for a career in legal settings, in both private and public sectors.

 

  • What is a paralegal ?   

A paralegal is a person trained in legal matters who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of attorneys.

 

  • Who hires paralegals ?  

Paralegals are employed by attorneys, law firms, corporations, or governmental agencies to work with attorneys.

 


Paralegal Certificate Objectives & Goals

The Paralegal program is a comprehensive program combining extensive procedural training with the substantive law courses necessary to work as a Paralegal in today’s legal environment. Our graduates have a solid and broad foundation of skills to work directly with a supervising attorney. This program will provide students with entry-level skills and knowledge to be competent to work in a law firm or other legal setting. Upon completion of the Paralegal certificate program at CALIMT, students will be able to:

  • Interview witnesses
  • Investigate complex fact patterns
  • Research the law
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation

The objectives are accomplished by a curriculum that includes instruction in the following core areas:

  • Develop and practice oral and written communication skills
  • Develop technology skills and a framework for learning new technology skills
  • Develop analytical skills through the study of case law and the federal and California legal systems
  • Develop and practice critical thinking skills through substantial writing assignments
  • Develop practical litigation and transactional skills, and create a framework for understanding the most common areas of legal practice
  • Develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of paralegals as well as the rules of professional conduct and their application to legal professionals
  • Develop and practice the attitude and skills necessary to succeed as a paralegal in various legal settings

Paralegal Certificate Curriculum
  1. LLW 100 Business Law 4 credits
  2. LLW 110 Contract Law 4 credits
  3. LLW 120 Legal Research 2.5 credits
  4. LLW 130 Legal Writing 2.5 credits
  5. LLW 140 Tort Law/Personal Injury 4 credits
  6. LCT 101 Computer I (Beginning WordPerfect) 2 credits
  7. LCT 102 Computer II (Intermediate WordPerfect) 2 credits
  8. LCT 103 Computer III* (Legal Solutions) 2 credits
  9. LLP 100 Civil Litigation 4 credits
  10. LLP 101 Legal Procedures I 3 credits
  11. LLP 102 Legal Procedures II* 2 credits
  12. LLP 103 Legal Procedures III* 2 credits
  13. LLP 104 Legal Procedures IV* 2 credits
  14. LEN 100 English Grammar for Legal Professionals 4 credits
  15. LEN 101 English Writing for Paralegals 3 credits
  16. LOP 100 Digital Transcription* 2 credits
  17. LOP 101 Records Management* 2 credits
  18. LCD 100 Career Development 3 credits

Paralegal Assistant Certificate Objectives & Goals

The Paralegal Assistant program is designed to provide the student with entry-level skills and knowledge to be competent to work assisting paralegals and attorneys in a law firm or other legal setting – private and public sectors, corporate environments, and government entities. Emphasis will be placed on substantive law, legal research and writing, English grammar and writing skills, computer training, and civil litigation in California courts. Upon completion of the Paralegal Assistant program at CALIMT, students will be able to:

  • Investigate complex fact patterns
  • Research the law
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation

The objectives are accomplished by a curriculum that includes instruction in the following core areas:

  • Develop and practice oral and written communication skills
  • Develop technology skills and a framework for learning new technology skills
  • Develop analytical skills through the study of case law and the federal and California legal systems
  • Develop and practice critical thinking skills through substantial writing assignments
  • Develop practical litigation and transactional skills, and create a framework for understanding the most common areas of legal practice
  • Develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of paralegals as well as the rules of professional conduct and their application to legal professionals
  • Develop and practice the attitude and skills necessary to succeed as a paralegal in various legal settings

Paralegal Assistant Certificate Curriculum
  1. LLW 100 Business Law 4 credits
  2. LLW 110 Contract Law 4 credits
  3. LLW 120 Legal Research 2.5 credits
  4. LLW 130 Legal Writing 2.5 credits
  5. LLW 140 Tort Law/Personal Injury 4 credits
  6. LEN 100 English Grammar for the Legal Profession 4 credits
  7. LEN 101 English Writing for Paralegals 3 credits
  8. LCT 101 Computer I (Beginning WordPerfect) 2 credits
  9. LCT 102 Computer II (Intermediate WordPerfect) 2 credits
  10. LLP 100 Civil Litigation 4 credits
  11. LLP 101 Legal Procedures I 3 credits
  12. LCD 100 Career Development 3 credits

Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the program occurs when passing grades are received in all courses and the cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0. Any tuition balance must be paid in full prior to receiving the Diploma, which is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Grading Policy

The grading procedure utilizes a combination of tests, papers, exercises, and attendance. Each student’s overall grade point average must be at least a “C” (2.0) to receive a Diploma at the end of the program. The following scale is used when assigning final grades for completed courses. A grade of “F” in any course requires that the student repeat the course in order to be granted a Diploma. The new grade will replace the original grade for the purpose of calculating the cumulative grade point average.

Grades + Grade Points (GPA)

The grading procedure utilizes a combination of tests, papers, exercises, and attendance. Each student’s overall grade point average must be at least a “C” (2.0) to receive a Diploma at the end of the program. The following scale is used when assigning final grades for completed courses. A grade of “F” in any course requires that the student repeat the course in order to be granted a Diploma. The new grade will replace the original grade for the purpose of calculating the cumulative grade point average.

Percentage GradeLetter GradePoint
100A+4.33
93-99A4.00
90-92A-3.67
87-89B+3.33
83-86B3.00
80-82B-2.67
77-79C+2.33
73-76C2.00
70-72C-1.67
67-69D+1.33
63-66D1.00
60-62D-0.67
0-59F0.00
N/AIN/A
N/AWN/A

Course Descriptions

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Academic Calendar

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All Other Policies

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