About the Program
You’ve heard the jokes about the world having too many lawyers. The great thing about lawyers is that they need help from paralegals, an exciting and expanding field that could be the perfect career for you. Although lawyers are responsible for giving legal advice and presenting cases in court, they delegate many tasks to paralegals. One of the most important jobs is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings. Paralegals investigate the facts of cases to be sure that all relevant information is considered. They identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles and other materials that are relevant to cases. They analyze and organize the information they find and write reports that attorneys use to decide how cases are handled.
The Social Services program at CCD offers you the ability to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), emphasis in Paralegal, and either start working immediately or transfer to a four-year college or university. As a Paralegal, you will prepare legal arguments for lawsuits, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and help attorneys during trials. You will help draft contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements and trust instruments. Paralegals also often help prepare tax returns and plan estates. All in all, becoming a paralegal will give you the opportunity to advance in a great career field and CCD can help you get started with our AAS degree.