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The Paralegal Studies Program at Cañada College offers the skills and knowledge you need to become a practicing paralegal. Paralegals help lawyers prepare for legal hearings, trials and corporate meetings by interviewing clients, performing legal research, maintaining case files, and managing tasks. Additionally, experienced paralegals may manage highly complex projects as well as oversee other legal support staff. In order to succeed in the paralegal field, students will need to develop effective critical thinking, organizational and problem solving skills, as well as enjoy working with complex ideas and information.

The Paralegal Program at Cañada College

The Paralegal Program at Cañada college was developed in cooperation with the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Legal Secretaries Association to train personnel to assist attorneys in both civil and criminal matters. Instruction centers on assisting the attorneys in interviewing clients and preparing legal documents.

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Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Use effectively both book and electronic legal research tools, and to identify and use primary and secondary law sources.
  • Use California superior court judicial council forms, and at least one software program containing such forms.
  • Understand, follow and apply ethical rules for attorneys and paralegals and to identify potential ethical issues in the legal environment

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