Paralegal Studies – Bilingual Accounting & Business Administration
 

Program and Course Info

The paralegal (legal assistant)works under the supervision of an attorney.Responsibilities are broad and varied including preparing and interpreting legal documents, interviewing clients, performing legal research, preparing for trial, and organizing and managing documentation.Paralegals often work with attorneys in specialized areas of law such as immigration, family law, personal injury, contracts, wills, trusts, and probate.

Southwestern offers two programs,Paralegal Studies and Paralegal Studies:Bilingual,which provide students with a litigation background and focus on developing an awareness and sensibility to the language,culture,and common legal issues of clients from various ethnic groups within the community.An understanding of international legal issues which impact San Diego due to its geographical location,the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other legal and business related activities is also developed. Employment in the field tends to vary.Larger, well-established law firms commonly require a bachelor ’s degree, and smaller law firms and legal agencies often require a two-year associate degree or its equivalent.Potential employees who have an
advanced education level,knowledge of a frequently used foreign language,and/or an emphasis in a legal specialty will have the greatest opportunities in the job market.

Degree/Certificate Options

Associate in Science Degree - Paralegal Studies:Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Certificate of Achievement - Paralegal Studies:Bilingual

Associate of Science Degree - Paralegal Studies:Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Designed for Spanish bilingual students interested in a paralegal or related career with a multicultural/international perspective.An overview of NAFTA regulations and legal issues that impact San Diego, due to our proximity to the Mexican border, will be presented.The curriculum includes a combination of legal theory,principles,procedures,and practical applications,
including a hands-on paralegal internship.Emphasis on case research,litigation and trial preparation skills including filing court documents,interviewing clients,and drafting legal documents.Students will gain skills in interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients and in translating common documents such as correspondence, contracts, and wills.

BUS 226 Interpretation/Translation:Legal 3 units
BUS 229 Legal Terminology —Bilingual 1 unit
LEGL 255 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology 3 units
LEGL 256 International Law for Business 3 units
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 259 Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Professional Ethics 1 unit
LEGL 260 Legal Research 3 units
LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 units
LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure 3 units
LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV *2 units
SPAN 230 Intermediate Spanish II **5 units

Select 5 units from the following courses: 5 units
LEGL 263 Family Law (3)
LEGL 264 Wills,Trusts,and Estates (3)
LEGL 266 Mediation,Negotiation,and Conflict Resolution (2)
LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (2)
LEGL 268 Computer Assisted Legal Research (2)
LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures 3 units
LEGL 271 Introduction to Intellectual Property (2)
LEGL 272 Business Organizations (2)
LEGL 295 Selected Topics in Legal Assistant (1 –3)
Total units 37.5

Recommended Electives:BUS 36,181,225 227,233,234;
LEGL 257;SPAN 216,220

*NOTE:60 or more hours of on-the-job work experience
internship,paid or volunteer,are required in the LEGL 290 –291
series.Program faculty and Student Employment assist
students with placements,which can consist of as few as four
hours per week for students working full-time.Students who are
presently employed in a law office may use their employment to
fulfill their requirement.These hours must be spread over a
minimum of two semesters and can include summer work.The
instructor must approve the work experience for application to
the program.


Certificate of Achievement - Paralegal Studies:Bilingual


BUS 226 Interpretation/Translation:Legal 3 units
BUS 229 Legal Terminology —Bilingual 1 unit
LEGL 255 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology 3 units
LEGL 256 International Law for Business 3 units
LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 units
LEGL 259 Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Professional Ethics 1 unit
LEGL 260 Legal Research 3 units
LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 units
LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure 3 units
LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 units
LEGL 290 –293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I –IV *2 units
SPAN 230 Intermediate Spanish II **5 units
Select 5 units from the following courses: 5 units
LEGL 263 Family Law (3)
LEGL 264 Wills,Trusts,and Estates (3)
LEGL 266 Mediation,Negotiation,and Conflict Resolution (2)
LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (2)
LEGL 268 Computer Assisted Legal Research (2)
LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures (3)
LEGL 271 Introduction to Intellectual Property (2)
LEGL 272 Business Organizations (2)
LEGL 295 Selected Topics in Legal Assistant (1 –3)
Total units 37.5

Recommended Electives:BUS 36,181,225 227,233,234;
LEGL 257;SPAN 216,220