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School of Legal Studies

Diploma inParalegal Studies

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Earn your Diploma in Paralegal Studies!

Platt College’s Paralegal Studies program prepares you to enter the fast-growing legal field.

banner-item-lawduo-01Paralegals, or legal assistants, are a vital part of today’s legal system.

Paralegals perform many of the same tasks as lawyers, and are found in all types of organizations, but most are employed by law firms, corporate legal departments, and various government offices.

In these organizations, they may work in all areas of the law, including litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate.

Focus on coursework in key areas such as:  Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning, Criminal Law II/Advanced Trial Procedures, Civil Litigation II, Family Law II, Research and Writing II, Labor Law/ Workers’ Compensation, Intellectual Property.

In a typical day as a Paralegal, you might:

  • Draft contracts, mortgages, separation agreements and trust instruments
  • Research legal documents
  • Investigate cases
  • Locate witnesses
  • Obtain affidavits
  • Provide trial assistance
  • Help prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions
  • Organize and track case files
  • Assist in preparing tax returns and planning estates
  • Coordinate the activities of other law office employees
  • Maintain financial office records

At Platt College, the paralegal studies curriculum is supplemented with courses in English, environmental sciences, college math, psychology, art history and speech to give students a well-rounded educational experience focused on developing both subject knowledge and communication, research, and organizational skills.

Past paralegal studies graduates have found successful employment in a variety of legal settings including law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies.

All paralegal students are introduced to various legal-related computer programs and online research tools during their courses.

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

Serving Southern California for over 30 years

Serving the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire areas for over 30 years, Platt College offers degree programs to train graduates for careers in the legal, medical, and creative fields.

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