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Paralegal Studies Associate in Science

Program Details

The Paralegal Studies Associate in Science Degree, 60 units total, 31 units in the major, is designed to prepare students for work in the legal environment as either professional paralegals or legal assistants. Students receive training in all aspects of the legal system including the court system, legal research, client interviews, legal briefs, and court procedures.

This program gives employment preparation for career opportunities with private attorneys, local court jurisdictions, corporate law offices, and self-employment as an independent paralegal. This degree is not specifically designed for transfer. Courses required for the associate degree major at Cerro Coso Community College may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. Students must complete a minimum of 60 units, including the courses listed in the major and general education requirements, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a grade of "A", "B", or "C" in all courses for the major. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Cerro Coso Community College.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to analyze data and information to assist attorneys with client's case throughout the legal process; locate and analyze relevant primary and secondary legal sources in electronic and print media; apply investigative functions and techniques to gather information from witnesses and other sources; process legal documents and maintain legal schedules; and draft and organize legal documents and records including pretrial preparation.


Graduates of accredited high schools; or have the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) certificate or the General Education Development (GED) certificate; or be 18 years of age or older and able to benefit from the college's instructional programs.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)