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. Courses must be evaluated by a letter grade, not by the credit (CR) grade.
Cañada College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee
With the goal of always improving its paralegal program, Cañada College has an advisory committee comprised of lawyers, paralegals, business professionals, legal research experts, non-profit organization leaders, and present and former paralegal program students. Advice and counsel result in relevant class offerings, courses that best equip students with the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels in the workforce; an ongoing plan to seek and create hands-on work opportunities for students, both while they are in the paralegal studies program and once they have graduated; and current and effective marketing, on and off the Web.
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.