|LEST 300||Foundations of Law||
|LEST 303||Legal Research and Writing||
|LEST 402||Litigation and Trial Advocacy||
|LEST 416||Contemporary Legal Issues||
|LEST 418||Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology||
|LEST 420||Law Practice Management||
|LEST 462||Ethics in a Legal Environment||
|LEST 324||Interviewing, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution||
Undergraduate Certificate in Paralegal
This certificate prepares the student with a basic understanding of the legal system and meets the California paralegal requirements. This certificate can also be used toward completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.
Paralegal Studies Program Overview
The Paralegal Studies certificate focuses on the attainment of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a paralegal. Graduates will have the ability to research and prepare legal documents, investigate legal precedent, project-manage law office activity and case management. Paralegals find jobs in private law offices, corporate counsel offices, governmental agencies, contract management departments and other types of departments. Admission is not required for those completing the certificate.
As a student, you will:
- Complete an overview of a civil trial from the filing of a complaint through the appeals process.
- Master the foundations of U.S. law, legal research, writing and skill set needed to be a successful paralegal in a law office setting.
- Learn the key issues surrounding electronic discovery rules and case management systems in both civil and criminal litigation.
- Examine the code of ethics and ethical obligations encountered in a legal environment.
Who Should Enroll
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Ways to Get Started
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
- Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
- Completed application
- 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.
Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.
Meet Our Faculty
The distinguished faculty at Brandman and their dedication to their students as well as the administration have made it possible for us students to overcome the challenges we faced and helped us bring our educational goals to fruition.
The counseling program prepared me for my surprise career in behavioral health [by providing me with a] strong background and practical experience in counseling techniques and a strong skill set in research and critical thinking—key in building a leadership career.
I want to give the staff of the Menifee campus a huge thanks for constantly motivating and encouraging me through a tough time of getting ready to deploy. If it wasn’t for them caring for me and checking on me … I wouldn’t have completed my bachelor’s.