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Overview

Paralegal

Are you looking for a school where you can earn your certificate in paralegal studies on the Orange Coast? The study of law can be quite intimidating, but that is not the case at South Coast College. Our legal programs consist of small class sizes with instructors who work one-on-one with students to help them develop the skills that are necessary in the legal field.  As one of the recent graduates of the Paralegal Studies program mentioned, "Going back to school after being out of school for many years was quite intimidating, but South Coast College professors and staff made the transition easy." 

Why South Coast College?

Professional Staff

What makes the Paralegal Studies program  unique is that the instructors in the program are experts in the legal subjects that they teach. Many of them work either in the court systems of California or have private practices in legal specialties. All have years of teaching experience and are here to pass their knowledge onto you. If you’re looking for Orange County paralegal schools, consider South Coast College.  

One-on-One Teaching

Our legal program is broken down into smaller class sizes, allowing the students to get more one-on-one time with their instructors. The professionals who teach our Paralegal Studies program are eager to help students learn the material so they can be successful in their career as a paralegal.

Resources

South Coast College offers many resources for its legal students to succeed in their program. Our hands-on staff can help you do legal research in our law library and train you to use some of the most commonly used software in the legal field. South Coast College's amenities include:

  • One-on-One Teaching
  • Mock trials and courtrooms
  • Professional staff working in the industry
  • Full Legal Library for Casework
  • Assistance with Job Placement
  • Software training for most common applications

Student Services

Job Placement assistance

After completing the Paralegal course at South Coast College, students are required to complete a 144 hour externship working in the legal field. Often our graduates are hired based on their excellent performance at their externship. Should the externship not lead to employment, our professional faculty will help you in finding a suitable alternative.

Types of Jobs

Our paralegal graduates are often employed by  law firms while others work for federal, state or local governments. There are many different areas of law that our students will have the skills to enter, which include family law, immigration law, criminal defense, bankruptcy and many more. 

Academic advisement

Our readily accessible legal staff is always eager and ready to help you with any questions you have during your time at South Coast College. Our knowledgeable counselors will place you in all the right courses needed to graduate on time and as quickly as possible, so you can get started on your career in the legal field. 

Admission Requirements

Before all students can attend South Coast College's Paralegal Studies Program they are required to fulfill all of the requirements listed below. Please see the Admissions Requirements page for more specific details. 

  • Documentation for high school diploma or GED
  • Official transcript
  • Pay the necessary enrollment fees 
  • Complete informational interview with admissions
  • Complete a tour of the campus
  • Complete 2 standardized entrance exams 

Campus


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South Coast College Location

Address:
2011 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868

Campus Amenities:

  • Free Parking in 2 lots
  • Bookstore
  • Library
  • Computer Labs

Career

Career Outlook

Paralegals are in high demand, with the increased amount work in the law office, lawyers are hiring paralegals to take some of the work load. Paralegals will work along side lawyers in private firms or government . Paralegals perform many of the tasks that a lawyer does such as casework, legal research, write legal documentation and much more. 

Job Duties

As a Paralegal you will be performing many tasks in the law office, including: 

  • Review cases
  • Research laws, regulations, and legal articles
  • Generate reports and documents
  • Input information into computer databases
  • Help lawyer prepare for court
  • Help lawyer during trials
  • Organize evidence for cases
  • Handle correspondence and other documents

Salary Information

The median pay for a paralegals is $46,680 as of May 2010, with the top 10% of paralegals earning $74,870 or more. With the skills you aquire at South Coast College you can go on to work in a large law firms which offer higher salaries. 

Courses

Courses

South Coast College offers a structured class schedule to help you learn the skills you will need in the legal field. The courses offered for the paralegal program will build your skills in general education as well as law. You can find more information about the paralegal program on page 53 of our catalog.  

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