Academic Catalogs

Law (LAW)

LAW C1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Paralegal Studies  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Introductory course covering the relationship between paralegals, attorneys and clients. Topics include structure of the profession, federal and state court systems, ethical standards, legal terminology, investigation techniques, research, case and statute analysis, overview of legal practice areas, and communication. Letter Grade only.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C100

    LAW C1053 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    Civil Litigation 1  
    Advisory: LAW C100 and LAW C127.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    Learn, analyze and examine the basic principles of civil litigation as applicable to jurisdiction, venue and preparation of pleadings, discovery, motions, trial preparation, and alternative dispute resolution by plaintiffs and defendants in the California court system. Letter Grade only.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C105

      LAW C1101.5 Units (27 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
      Civil Litigation 2  
      Advisory: LAW C100 and C105.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      Advanced principles of civil litigation as applicable to parties to the action, jurisdiction and venue, defaults, pleadings, discovery, motions, provisional remedies, summary judgment, and summary adjudication. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C110

        LAW C1151.5 Units (27 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
        Criminal Litigation  
        Advisory: LAW C100 and C121.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        The criminal court system and litigation in criminal cases, constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure; including investigation, prosecution, defenses, discovery, motions, trial preparation, and appeal in criminal cases. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C115

          LAW C1183 Units (54 lecture hours)  
          Legal Analysis and Briefing  
          Advisory: LAW C100, C127 and/or C128.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          Learn the methods and procedures of statutory and case law analysis, including proper briefing and persuasive writing techniques. Letter Grade only.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C118

            LAW C1203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Legal Research  
            Advisory: LAW C100 or C127 and LAW C128, and C118 or consent of instructor.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            Course in legal research methods and writing by examination and analysis of the law, written legal memoranda, and supervised library assignments. Students will have a working knowledge of statutory and case law, and secondary source research techniques. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C120

              LAW C1214 Units (72 lecture hours)  
              Legal Research/CALR  
              Advisory: LAW C100, C105, and C118.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Formerly LAW C120 and LAW C122. Course in legal research methods and writing by examination and analysis of the law, written legal memoranda, and supervised library assignments. Students will have a working knowledge of statutory, case law, secondary source research techniques, and computer assisted legal research. Letter Grade only.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C121

                LAW C1221 Unit (12 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                Computer Assisted Legal Research  
                Prerequisite(s): LAW C120 with a grade of C or better or concurrent registration.
                Advisory: LAW C118.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This course is a continuation of LAW C120 solving legal research problems with computer assisted legal research resources. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C122

                  LAW C1263 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  This course introduces students to the legal and ethical issues that affect the health care industry, health care providers, and health care managers. It covers all related topics such as tort law, criminal aspects of health care, patient confidentiality, release of medical information, informed consent, corporate and personal liability, and medical malpractice. Special emphasis is placed on the procedures that protect the security of health care data. Letter Grade only.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C126

                    LAW C1273 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                    Legal Procedure 1  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    Knowledge and skills required of paralegals and legal assistants, including procedures and functions in the court structure and litigation procedures including personal injury and general civil cases, probate, family law, dissolution, adoption, and bankruptcy. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C127

                      LAW C1283 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                      Legal Procedure 2  
                      Advisory: LAW C127 or concurrent enrollment.

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      Continuation of LAW C127, including civil procedures in unlimited and limited courts with emphasis on preparing, filing and bring to judgment breach of contract, landlord-tenant and personal injury actions, including discovery, law and motion, research, arbitration, calendaring, business entities and formation of small corporations, real estate terminology, criminal law introduction, and skills, techniques and abilities the paralegal will be expected to have in the workplace. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C128

                        LAW C1301.5 Units (27 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
                        Law Office Management  
                        Advisory: LAW C100, or LAW C120 and LAW C128.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        A study of the systems and procedures for management and administration of legal entitles, including structure and decision process, delegation, personnel selection, job descriptions, office policies, file systems, calendar systems, records management, new matters and client conflicts, facilities, communication, technology, billing systems, risk management, ethics, and paralegal employment. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C130

                          LAW C1351.5 Units (27 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
                          Family Law  
                          Advisory: LAW C100 or C127.

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          Topics include organization and jurisdiction of the Family Law Court, marriage, annulment, dissolution, and non-marital property agreements, custody, support, visitation, use of family code and current case law applications, preparation for trial, temporary orders, appeals, and judgment enforcement. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C135

                            LAW C1423 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                            Probate Administration/Estate Planning  
                            Advisory: LAW C100 or LAW C127.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            Organization and jurisdiction of the Probate Court: administration of estates, including gift, income, inheritance and estate taxes, estate litigation, and will contests. Conservatorships, guardianships, and intestate succession. Wills and other disposition of property, review of probate avoidance mechanisms, trust administration after death, and elder law. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C142

                              LAW C1481.5 Units (27 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
                              Elder Law  
                              Advisory: LAW C100 or C142.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              Substantive and procedural law and federal, state, and administrative regulations, as they pertain to the senior population, including Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal/SSI, funding sources, pensions, residential and/or long term care, and applicable probate statutes. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C148

                                LAW C1503 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                Corporate/Business Organizations  
                                Advisory: LAW C100 and C128 or permission of instructor.

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                Introduction to the formation, maintenance and dissolution of corporations (C and S, professional, and non-profit), partnerships, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies (federal and state), securities regulations; including corporate reorganizations, stock and asset sales, mergers and consolidations, and the simple sale of a small business. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C150

                                  LAW C1523 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                  Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
                                  Advisory: LAW C100.

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                  This course introduces the student to the basic skills needed to begin evaluating client needs regarding the use of alternative solutions to resolving conflicts and explore the changing climate of litigation-oriented practices, including ethical considerations. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C152

                                    LAW C1553 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                    Bankruptcy Law and Procedures  
                                    Advisory: LAW C100 and C127 or LAW C105 or permission of instructor.

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                    An overview of federal bankruptcy law and procedures for the paralegal; introduction to the functions and working of bankruptcy court, United States Trustee, Chapters 7 and 13, and bankruptcy counsel; examination of Chapters 7, 11 and 13, schedule preparation; creditor representation and bankruptcy research. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C155

                                      LAW C1583 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                      Intellectual Property  
                                      Advisory: LAW C100 and LAW C105.

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                      A study of the requirements and procedures for obtaining and maintaining patent, trademark, and copyright protection under the laws of the United States and foreign laws, including: understanding regulations; formulating search requests; preparing applications, forms, and documents; maintaining records; and protecting information. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C158

                                        LAW C1601.5 Units (27 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
                                        Civil Trials and Evidence  
                                        Advisory: LAW C105 and C121.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                        Basic principles of preparing a civil case for trial, including preparation of a trial notebook, pre-trial and post-trial motions, jury instructions, verdicts, judgments, and the principles of evidence and its preparation for presentation in court. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C160

                                          LAW C1613 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                          Tort Law  
                                          Advisory: LAW C100, C127, and C105.

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                          The substantive and procedural law of tort law principles in intentional tort, negligence, and strict liability in tort in a study, and instruction developed for paralegals. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C161

                                            LAW C1643 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                            Contract Law  
                                            Advisory: LAW C100 and C128.

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                            The substantive and procedural law of contracts [transactional and litigation] in a study and instruction developed for paralegals. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C164

                                              LAW C1703 Units (36 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                                              Computer Applications for the Paralegal  
                                              Advisory: LAW C100 and keyboarding skills at 30 wpm.

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                              This course is designed to acquaint paralegals with basic computer use, including software programs utilized by attorneys (word processing, spreadsheets, document databases), law-related public databases, non-law public databases, systems management, research, time and billing and other applications. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C170

                                                LAW C2811 Unit (90 other hours)  
                                                Work Based Learning  
                                                Prerequisite(s): Be employed or volunteer in a field related to Paralegal for 5 hours per week per 1 unit of Work Based Learning.
                                                Co-requisite(s): Be enrolled in a total of 7 units including Work Based Learning.

                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                To enhance each Work Based Learning participant's opportunity for success in the field of Paralegal by bridging the gap between educational theory and on-the-job practices through individualized performance objectives related to the student's career or occupational goal in Paralegal. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C281

                                                  LAW C2822 Units (180 other hours)  
                                                  Work Based Learning  
                                                  Prerequisite(s): Be employed or volunteer in a field related to Paralegal for 5 hours per week per 1 unit of Work Based Learning.
                                                  Co-requisite(s): Be enrolled in a total of 7 units including Work Based Learning.

                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                  To enhance each Work Based Learning participant's opportunity for success in the field of Paralegal by bridging the gap between educational theory and on-the-job practices through individualized performance objectives related to the student's career or occupational goal in Paralegal. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C282

                                                    LAW C2833 Units (180-225 other hours)  
                                                    Work Based Learning  

                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                    To enhance each Work Based Learning participant's opportunity for success in the field of Paralegal by bridging the gap between educational theory and on-the-job practices through individualized performance objectives related to the student's career or occupational goal in Paralegal. Note: 75 hours of paid work or 60 hours of non-paid work in a field related to Paralegal for each one-semester credit is required. Student must be enrolled in a total of 7 units including Work Based Learning. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C283

                                                      LAW C2844 Units (240-300 other hours)  
                                                      Work Based Learning  

                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                      To enhance each Work Based Learning participant's opportunity for success in the field of Paralegal by bridging the gap between educational theory and on-the-job practices through individualized performance objectives related to the student's career or occupational goal in Paralegal. Note: 75 hours of paid work or 60 hours of non-paid work in a field related to Paralegal for each one-semester credit is required. Student must be enrolled in a total of 7 units including Work Based Learning. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C284

                                                        LAW C3902 Units (36 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                                                        Legal Clinic Practicum/Ethics  
                                                        Advisory: LAW C100 and C127.

                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                        Students in the clinic will work directly under the direction and supervision of clinic attorneys and experienced paralegal instructors. Students will interview clinic clients, observe consultations, and perform various assigned duties relating to clinic operations. Students will examine and evaluate the regulation of lawyers and paralegals and the unauthorized practice of law. Letter Grade only.

                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing LAW C390