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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Spring I (Jan 14, 2019)

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Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
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
325 Mall Drive, Hanford, CA 93230
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Yuba City Campus
3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991

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    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
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    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.

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    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

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a Brandman Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.

       

      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities: Select 9 credits from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences: Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences: Select 9 credits from three different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • 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

      3

      LEST 300 Foundations of Law

      3

      LEST 303 Legal Research and Writing

      3

      LEST 304 Constitutional Governance

      3

      LEST 306 Business Organizations

      3

      LEST 320 Torts

      3

      LEST 322 Contracts

      3

      LEST 324 Interviewing, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

      3

      LEST 402 Litigation and Trial Advocacy

      3

      LEST 462 Ethics in a Legal Environment

      3

      LEST 495 Legal Studies Capstone

      3

      Major Core Requirements Subtotal

      33

      Electives or Concentrations

       

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

      12

      Electives or Concentrations Subtotal

      12

      Total Credits

      45

    • Take the following three courses

       

      LEST 416 Contemporary Legal Issues

      3

      LEST 418 Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology

      3

      LEST 420 Law Practice Management

      3

      Select one of the following:

      3

      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

      12

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