The paralegal profession is one of the fastest growing job fields in the nation. Paralegals hold increasingly important and high paying positions at large and small law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, real estate and insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, and Silicon Valley startups.

Evergreen Valley College’s Paralegal Studies Program prepares graduates to work as a “paralegal” or “legal assistant” under California law (Business and Professions Code Section 6450). The Paralegal Studies Certificate requires students to complete 24 units of classes, preparing graduates for employment as paralegals or legal assistants.


Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate a proficient knowledge of the various areas of law and their importance.
  • Describe the legal profession's basic ethical guidelines and apply them in hypothetical situations.
  • Demonstrate effective legal research skills by selecting and utilizing appropriate sources of law.
  • Prepare legal research memoranda and other documents commonly used by attorneys.
  • Use legal terminology capably in an appropriate context.

Required Courses

Course Title Units
LA 010 Introduction to Law, Legal Research, the Constitution, and Ethics 3
LA 071 Legal Research 3
LA 072 Advanced Legal Analysis & Writing 3
Select 15 units of Legal Specialty Courses 15

LA 014

Civil Litigation  

LA 016

California Courts and Litigation Practice  

LA 033

Tort and Personal Injury Law  

LA 034

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning  

LA 036

Real Estate and Property Law  

LA 038

Family Law  

LA 040

Criminal Law  

LA 044

Intellectual Property Law  

LA 046

Immigration Law  

LA 050

Constitutional Law  
Total Units 24



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