Applied Arts & Sciences Division
West Valley College Paralegal Program
An ABA-Approved Paralegal Program
West Valley College offers a post-degree 40.5 semester unit certificate program for those students who already have an associate or higher degree. For those students who do not already have a degree, West Valley offers an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal. Students who earn the degree also qualify for the certificate.
West Valley College's Paralegal Program provides rigorous academic and practical education at affordable community college rates. Our program provides instruction in practical legal skills and substantive law. The Program monitors the needs of the legal community to assure that its graduates have the skills and knowledge to meet these needs.
Our program emphasizes civil litigation and legal research. We provide training in document preparation and database management. All students complete an internship for a local employer. The internship offers students the opportunity to test their education and training out in the field.
We offer electives in a variety of legal specialties, including Intellectual Property, Corporate, Probate, and Family Law. We also offer a variety of courses to improve other skills, such as Law Office Management, Interviewing & Investigation, and Time Management.
Most of our students come to the program already with degrees while some earn their A.S. while in the program. Most of our students have life and work experiences that enhance their ability to handle the demands of the law office.
To assure compliance with the law, many firms have set up systems to check and record the qualifications of current paralegals and future hires. A certificate from West Valley College is an assurance to employers that the paralegal is well prepared to provide quality legal services to his or her employers and clients.
West Valley College's Paralegal Program is -
A paralegal may perform the same functions as an attorney except those that only a licensed attorney may perform. Paralegals cannot give legal advice, appear in court, or otherwise engage in the unauthorized practice of law. The practice of law by non-attorneys is strictly prohibited by law. (See California Business and Professions Code Section 6450 (a)).
Disclosure year: 2009-2010 academic year