The Paralegal Studies Certificate of Achievement-Advanced -- Litigation Concentration prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney in a litigation practice, in-house (corporate) legal department, government agency, or non-profit organization. Paralegal duties in a litigation practice include performing factual and legal research; drafting legal documents and correspondence; interviewing clients and witnesses; assisting attorneys in pretrial work, including document discovery and analysis; assisting attorneys at trials and hearings; organizing and maintaining case files, and coordinating the use of technology in legal work.
10-15 for the first year
The Certificate of Achievement Advanced -- Litigation Concentration will be available only to Paralegal Studies students who currently possess an Associate degree or higher. This certificate option will offer students the necessary training and knowledge to enter or advance their careers in the legal field with firms specializing in Litigation practice. This Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students for employment opportunities within this highly specialized area of law. De Anza College's Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The number of credits required to earn a Certificate of Achievement Advanced -- Litigation Concentration conforms with the ABA-established guidelines. The current Certificate of Achievement Advanced in Paralegal Studies requires a student to complete 48 quarter units.
The purpose of the Certificate of Achievement Advanced -- Litigation Concentration is to prepare students to enter the workforce in this specialized area of law, while still obtaining the required general knowledge and skills for the paralegal profession.
The Certificate of Achievement-Advanced -- Litigation Concentration program is part of De Anza College's existing Paralegal Studies program. This new certificate offering focuses on one specific area of legal practice. The Bay Area has a high demand for litigation paraprofessionals in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. At this time, there is no other community college in the region that offers a Paralegal certificate focused on litigation practice.
(Y1 or S1)
|PARA 067||Law Office Management for Paralegals||2||Y1|
|PARA 088||The Paralegal and Professional|
|PARA 086||Legal Analysis||4||Y1|
|PARA 094||Introduction to California Law||4||Y1|
|PARA 095||Overview of American Law||4||Y2|
|PARA 096A||Introduction to Legal Research and Writing||4||Y2|
|PARA 097A||Civil Litigation Procedures||4||Y2|