Paralegals assist attorneys in providing quality legal services to clients. The Paralegal program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to assist lawyers in the practice of law.*
The curriculum focuses on building strong research, writing, and analytical skills, while stressing the ethical framework of the law. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to work in a variety of legal settings including law firms, corporations, and government agencies. All paralegal courses have a practical component, allowing students to practice the legal theories taught in the classroom.
The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. California prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers.
The Paralegal Program has been extremely cautious in its acceptance of transfer specialty credit from other institutions. All students must complete 18 units of major on Miramar’s campus. Accredited institutions that are ABA approved may transfer up to 12 credits towards their major. Legal courses taken more than 5 years may not meet the current curriculum requirements and/or the current laws and procedures and thus may not be accepted as transfer credit.
The Paralegal program offers both an Associate in Science Degree and a Certificate of Achievement in compliance with the American Bar Association (ABA).
Paralegals work in a variety of businesses and other organizations, including:
- Law firms
- Court systems and offices
- Government agencies
- Corporate and business legal departments
- Insurance companies
- Financial institutions
- Real estate companies
- Health care facilities
- Community service agencies
- Consumer organizations
Opportunities also exist for graduates to continue their education at a four-year university.
Certificates & Degrees
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Paralegal Program will be able to:
- Recognize ethical issues that arise in a legal work environment and apply rules of professional conduct to resolve them.
- Perform the duties of an entry level paralegal in a law firm or other legal work setting.
- Demonstrate written skills that paralegals use on the job.
- Apply basic principles of legal analysis.
- Use computers and other technology for document production, law office management, and trial preparation.
- Perform legal research using both printed and electronic sources.