Specialized Associate Degree - Paralegal

Specialized Associate Degree - Paralegal

Become a Paralegal with training at Empire College!

Paralegal Associate Degree in Santa Rosa, California

"Going through a divorce, going to Empire College was a milestone in my life. I was a single mom. I have a lot of gratitude to Empire College because they placed me here."
- Anastasia McAllister (left), Paralegal

"I had an AA degree and some units from San Francisco State. Of those of us who started our Empire programs at the same time, all got jobs within 2-3 months of graduation."
- Caitlin McCrary (right), Paralegal


Are you searching for paralegal training in Northern California that can help you develop an understanding of legal concepts and legal services? Become a paralegal with Empire College and gain the skills you need to expand your potential for supervisory or management responsibilities in a legal firm.

Objective: This Associate degree in paralegal studies program is designed to prepare you for positions as a paralegal, legal secretary or administrative support specialist in a law office or law 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 and decision making, human relations, and communications coupled with general education classes is designed to produce well-qualified paralegals.

If you’d like to earn your paralegal Associate degree in California, contact us today.

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 Associate paralegal degree in California 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!

Interested in a legal assistant program in Northern California? Learn more about Empire College and how to become become a paralegal!

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