Legal Assisting

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The Legal Assisting program at American River College is approved by the American Bar Association. ARC’s Legal Assisting program has been preparing students for entry-level positions in this profession for over 30 years.

‘Legal assistant’ and ‘paralegal’ are synonymous terms according to California Business & Professions Code (B & P Code) sections 6450-6456. Section 6450 defines a legal assistant as “a person qualified by education, training, is employed by an attorney, or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California”. Legal assistants do not provide legal advice. It is unlawful for anyone not currently licensed to practice law in California to give legal advice.

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