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									        IMPORTANT CONTACTS
   Gerald I. Stein, Paralegal Program Director
       gstein@cerritos.edu

   Mary C. Pribble, Asst. Paralegal Program Director
       mpribble@cerritos.edu

   Mary Mullin, Full-Time Instructor
       mmullin@cerritos.edu


   Mary Ann Brizuela, Assistant to Legal Dept.
       mbrizuela@cerritos.ed

   Johnny Cooper, Lab Assistant
       jcooper@cerritos.edu
Dear prospective Paralegal Student:

We would like to thank you for your interest in our Paralegal Program here at Cerritos Community
College. We are an American Bar Association approved program with three full-time faculty members and
approximately nine adjunct faculty members. Our faculty members are either practicing attorneys or
paralegals, all of whom have extensive practical experience in the subject matter they teach.

Our program emphasizes not only the substantive area of law but also concentrates on learning how to
draft documents and court forms that are used in the “real world”. We are fortunate to have a complete
law section in our school library so that our students do not have to go off campus to do any legal
research for class projects. We also have a state of the art dedicated computer room for our paralegal
students with over 30 work stations with the latest legal software that is used in law offices.

Our program here at Cerritos consists of two tracks depending on whether or not you already have a
degree or are working towards an A.A. degree. If you are working towards your A.A. degree with a major
in paralegal studies, you are required to take a total of 33 units of paralegal classes in addition to your
general education requirements for a total of 60 units to graduate with an Associate in Arts Degree.

For those of you who already have an A.A. Degree or higher, we have a “certificate program” that
requires you to complete a total of 21 units of paralegal classes. Upon completion of these units, you will
receive your paralegal certificate.


If the event that you have any questions about our program, please feel free to call us at our Legal
Department office (562) 860-2451 extension 3026 or email us at our website contact page.
                   PARALEGAL
   “Paralegal” means a person who holds himself or herself
    out to be a Paralegal, who is qualified by education,
    training, or work experience, who either contracts with
    or is employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation,
    government agency, or other entity, and who performs
    substantial legal work under the direction and
    supervision of an active member of the State Bar of
    California. A paralegal shall not provide legal advice or
    engage in conduct that constitutes the unauthorized
    practice of law. (Business & Professions Code Section
    6450)
         PARALEGAL PROGRAM
   Approved by the American Bar                Two Track Program (Certificate/A.A.
    Association                                  Degree)
   3 Full-Time Instructors                     Morning, Evening and On-Line classes
   Approximately 9 adjunct faculty             Lab Technician available during lab
    members                                      hours
      Either practicing attorneys or              To help with preparation of
        paralegals, with experience in the           documents
        subject matter they teach.              Paralegal Specialties are available in
   Complete Law section in the library            Commercial
   State of the Art computer room                 Probate & Estate Planning
      New Computers                               Litigation
      Over 30 work stations                       Family Law
      Latest legal software                       Legal Technology
   Legal Internship at over 60 locations          Criminal Law
      Private Law Offices                         Business Law
      Local Courthouses
      Legal Aid Clinics
      District Attorney/Publlic Defender
        Offices
BUSINESS LEGAL-TWO YEAR PLAN
PARALEGAL A.A. DEGREE
(MAJOR #233)
YEAR 1- First Semester


COURSE
BL 101          Introduction to Law                               3 Units
BL 56           Introduction to Computerized Legal Software       3 Units
BL 100          Introduction to California Civil Procedures       3 Units
BL 103          Legal Research                                    3 Units
GENERAL EDUCATION                                                 3 Units
                                                                  15 Units
                          TOTAL
YEAR 1 Second Semester


COURSE
BL 102 OR      Advanced California Civil Procedures                3 Units
BL 113         Fundamentals of Alternate Dispute Resolutions      (3) Units
BL 120 OR      Legal Ethics                                       1.5 Units
BL 171-174     Occupational Work Experience                      (1-4) units
BL 111         Business Law                                        3 Units
GENERAL EDUCATION                                                  6 Units
                                                               13.5 – 16 Units
TOTAL
YEAR 2-First Semester


COURSE
LEGAL SPECIALTY                                               3 Units
LEGAL SPECIALTY                                               3 Units
GENERAL EDUCATION                                             3 Units
GENERAL EDUCATION                                             3 Units
GENERAL EDUCATION                                             3 Units
                                                             15 Units
                        TOTAL
YEAR 2-Second Semester


COURSE
GENERAL EDUCATION                                           3 Units
GENERAL EDUCATION                                           3 Units
LEGAL SPECIALTY                                             3 Units
LEGAL SPECIALTY                                             3 Units
LEGAL SPECIALTY                                             3 Units
                                                            15 Units
                    TOTAL
  THIS PROGRAM IS APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
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