BA in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession

This degree program is designed to empower students to be ethical problem-solvers who apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in legal contexts. The core curriculum covers foundations of law, litigation, trial preparation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Paralegal Profession Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession provides you with the knowledge to support lawyers by conducting legal research, drafting formal documents and organizing materials for court presentations. The coursework delves into law practice management and the impact contemporary legal issues have within our governing systems. 

Students completing the BA in Legal Studies with Paralegal Profession concentration will meet the qualifications required to sit for the Paralegal Core Competencies Exam (NFPA), to sit for the Certified Paralegal Exam (NALA), and to work as a paralegal within the state of California.

As a student, you will:

  • Learn to apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in legal contexts.
  • Understand how electronic discovery and legal technologies play roles in legal cases.
  • Prepare for a job as a paralegal or legal assistant in a law office, government agency, or legal department in a corporation.


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Next Session

Summer I (Apr 30, 2018)

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Available Campuses

Bangor Naval Base Kitsap
1042 Tautog Circle, Silverdale, WA 98315
Hanford Campus
325 Mall Drive, Hanford, CA 93230
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
Lacey Campus
1445 Galaxy Drive NE, Suite 201, Lacey, WA 98516
Lemoore NAS Campus
Bldg. 824, Suite 101, Hancock Circle, NAS Lemoore, CA 93246
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Santa Clarita Campus
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Room UCEN 204c, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Visalia Campus
649 South County Center Drive, Visalia, CA 93277
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

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Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.

Short Transferable Credits?

Brandman’s School of Extended Education offers a 4 course program allowing you to earn up to the 12 credits needed for admission. Check out the Brandman Track to learn more.

Program Curriculum

  • All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a letter grade of "C" or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.

    CJCU 460 White Collar Crime


    LEST 300 Foundations of Law


    LEST 303 Legal Research and Writing


    LEST 304 Constitutional Governance


    LEST 306 Business Organizations


    LEST 320 Torts


    LEST 322 Contracts


    LEST 324 Interviewing, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


    LEST 402 Litigation and Trial Advocacy


    LEST 462 Ethics in a Legal Environment


    LEST 495 Legal Studies Capstone


    Major Core Requirements Subtotal


    Electives or Concentrations


    Students choose four approved elective courses or may select from the concentrations below.


    Electives or Concentrations Subtotal


    Total Credits


  • Take the following three courses


    LEST 416 Contemporary Legal Issues


    LEST 418 Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology


    LEST 420 Law Practice Management


    Select one of the following:


    CJCU 418
    Victim Advocacy


    CJCU 436
    Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences


    COMU 315
    Intercultural Communication


    LEST 410
    Employment Law


    LEST 412
    Intellectual Property


    LEST 414
    Transactional Law


    LEST 420
    Law Practice Management


    LEST 499
    Independent Study


    LBSU 492
    Experiential Learning


    SOWK 391
    Youth At Risk


    Total Credits


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