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Training Paralegals in Silicon Valley for 39 Years

The Paralegal 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, and maintaining case files.

Classes in the Paralegal Program are taught by practicing lawyers and paralegals here in Silicon Valley. Our program gives students the foundation they need in order to succeed in the paralegal field. Students in our program develop effective critical thinking and organizational skills that are essential for success in any professional office setting.

Paralegal courses are offered year-round online at Cañada College. 


Career Opportunities

Work as a Paralegal in following legal fields:

  • Corporate
  • Government
  • Immigration
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation
  • Public Defender
  • Non-Profit

Additional Career Opportunities:

  • Legal Secretary
  • Claims Adjuster/Investigator
  • Tax Preparer
  • Technical Writer
  • Legal Clerk
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Foreclosure Specialist
  • ... Transfer to a 4-year University

“The Paralegal Program was a launching pad for me. What started as a purely informational class to introduce myself to the law set in motion a complete career change. I am happy to say that I am now gainfully employed as a paralegal.” 

— Jennifer Baker, Cañada College alum


Community Connections

Established in 1979, 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. There is a strong connection to the local community in the Paralegal Program at Cañada College due to our working professional staff and internship program available to students in the Paralegal Program. After completing our program, students are prepared to succeed in the public, corporate, private, and government sectors as paralegals or as legal secretaries.

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Internship Opportunities

The Paralegal Program at Cañada College offers an internship opportunity though our Cooperative Education Program. Students have the unique opportunity to earn transferable units while working in the Paralegal field before they even finish their certificate or degree. Internships may turn into part-time or full-time jobs.

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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