Paralegal

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), the Paralegal program provides professional training with an emphasis on occupational competency. According to the ABA, "A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive work for which a lawyer is responsible." Paralegals adhere to recognized ethical standards and rules of professional responsibility.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Where the Jobs Are • Career Opportunities

Paralegals in San Diego work for private law firms, banks, corporations, insurance agencies, legal clinics, courts, government agencies, accounting and engineering firms, title companies, and legal aid offices. Specific occupations include legal nurse consultant, contract specialist, compliance officers/inspectors, copyright examiner, equal employment manager, paralegal instructor, title clerk, immigration specialist, insurance examiner, labor law examiner, mediator, real estate specialist, pro bono coordinator, case manager, social service representative, tax law specialist, legal research aide, law office administrator, litigation manager, risk management specialist and senior benefits coordinator.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

CERTIFICATES & DEGREES

  • Associate degree
  • Certificate of completion

Only students entering the program with an associate degree or higher may receive a certificate of completion.

Approved -- American Bar Association

Accredited -- Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Member -- American Association for Paralegal Education, National Association of Legal Assistants and San Diego Paralegal Association.

WHY PAY THE HIGH COST OF FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS?

Paralegal training can cost as much as $6,000-$10,000. San Diego Miramar College is a community college with low enrollment fees established by the California State Legislature. Veteran’s affairs (VA) benefits, scholarships, grants, loans and work study programs are available to qualifying students.

ENROLLMENT

Enrollment is open to high school graduates and persons at least
18 years of age, with or without a high school diploma.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Admissions Office • (858) 536-7844 • (619) 388-7844

Counseling Office • (858) 536-7840 • (619) 388-7840

Paralegal Program • daharris@sdccd.edu

Program Website