What will I learn?

As a paralegal, you’ll be an invaluable part of a legal team, helping to investigate the facts of a case, research relevant laws and regulations, prepare legal memoranda, prepare evidence, draft documents for attorney review, and prepare cases for trial. The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies will provide you with the professional skills you need to serve your legal community effectively and ethically as a paralegal or legal assistant.

Approved by the American Bar Association at our Los Angeles and Woodland Hills campuses and at College of the Canyons, the program combines a comprehensive academic curriculum with practical education in the role of the paralegal in a legal environment. You’ll learn to articulate legal theory and apply it ethically to legal professional practice. You’ll learn all about the American legal system and become proficient in legal terminology and writing. You’ll also learn to identify legal issues, apply basic legal analysis, and conduct legal research using traditional and online methods.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the American legal system and major areas of the law, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, and others, and understand the legal terminology in those areas.
  • Identify and apply proper legal remedies in the context of a legal problem.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to convey relevant information to attorneys, clients, witnesses, and other persons.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist with preparing legal documents, and handling pre-trial and trial preparation tasks.
  • Perform paralegal tasks competently in a law office, corporate law department, governmental agency, judicial setting, or other comparable legal environment.
  • Articulate applicable ethics laws and codes of ethical conduct.

Which department am I in?

College of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (At least 180 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$13,320.00 per year
USD $1,665 per 4.5 Quarter Unit; USD $370 per Quarter Unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Every month

Venue

College of Professional Studies

11255 North Torrey Pines Road,

LA JOLLA,

California,

92037, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.

For international students

Successful completion of year 12 or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0. ACT/ SAT recommended.

TOEFL score - 70 (IBT); IELTS score - 5.5, with no band lower than a 5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) – 50; International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) – 5; Certificate of Proficiency in English with a C grade or higher; Certificate of Advanced English with a C grade or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Degrees are WSCUC accredited, and graduates join a global network of over 150,000 talented alumni who are making a positive impact on the world.

  • Campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose
  • Average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1
  • Concentrated learning model, one-course-per-month
  • International and domestic students pay the same tuition rate