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Requirements for the Legal Assisting

Certificate and Degree

Successful completion of either of the academic options below will qualify the graduate for entry-level employment as a Legal Assistant as required by California Business & Professions Code sections 6450-6456.

 

Legal Assisting Certificate Requirements:

Students who have earned an A.A., or higher, degree from a regionally accredited institution qualify for a Certificate upon successful completion of 30 units of Legal Assisting courses as outlined below. (The 21 units of Core Requirements plus 9 units of Concentration Requirements.) Please see an ARC counselor to have transcripts evaluated. Counseling may be contacted by clicking on: http://www.arc.losrios.edu/Support_Services/Counseling.htm


AA Degree Requirements:

Students who have not earned an A.A., or higher, degree from a regionally accredited institution must complete the requirements for the A.A. degree. In addition to the Legal Assisting courses outlined below, students who graduate with an AA degree must complete ARC's general education and competency requirements.

18 units of ABA Breadth Requirements which must include one of: Courses from at least three different areas of Areas 1-5B if the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), excluding performance courses, activity courses, administration of justice courses, and the lab component of science courses.




The units applied to this requirement can also be used to meet the regular ARC General Education and Competency requirements where applicable.


Specialty Courses Required for Legal Assisting Degree or Legal Assisting Certificate

 

Core Requirements

Units

Legal Assisting 300
Introduction to Law and the American Legal System

3

Legal Assisting 310
Civil Procedure and Litigation

3

Legal Assisting 312
Torts and Personal Injury

3

Legal Assisting 314
Contract Law for Legal Assistants

3

Legal Assisting 320
Legal Research

3

Legal Assisting 321
Legal Writing

3

Legal Assisting 350
Law Office Management

3

Concentration Requirements
(see below)

9

 

Concentration Requirements (electives)
Select 9 units from the following:

Units

 

Legal Assisting 330
Family Law and Procedure

3

 

Legal Assisting 322
Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3

 

Legal Assisting 332
Administrative Law and Procedure

3

 

Legal Assisting 334
Criminal Law and Procedure

3

 

Legal Assisting 340
Techniques of Interview

1

 

Legal Assisting 342
Evidence

3

 

Legal Assisting 360
Corporations Law

3

 

Legal Assisting 362
Estate Planning and Probate Procedure

3

 

Legal Assisting 364
Landlord Tenant Law

3

 

Legal Assisting 366
Basic Bankruptcy

3

 

Legal Assisting 368
Workers' Compensation Law

3

 

Legal Assisting 498
Work Experience in Legal Assisting

2-4

Total Required Units

30